Comedian Jeffrey Ross and Real Time host Bill Maher discussed the recent controversy surrounding Jerry Seinfeld and his accusation that college kids today are “too politically correct.”
Maher brought the question up, clearly siding with Seinfeld and denouncing his formerly liberal audience, whom he blamed as being “too PC.”
He then asked Ross what he thought of the situation, and the prison roaster said that he appreciated Jerry, “who isn’t really an edgy comedian standing up for comedy as an art form.”
Ross also said that one of the reasons that he decided to do a Comedy Central roast of prisoners was that he wanted to see “if they could laugh at themselves.”
When it came to the topic of society turning PC and what effect that should have on comedy, there was no doubt who Ross thought should be the ones to change.
“Why do comedians have to water down? Comedy is medicine. It’s the best medicine. Laughter. You don’t want it generic, you want it potent. We have a responsibility to shine a light on the darkest aspects of society. … Comedians shouldn’t have to adapt to a PC audience. People who are too sensitive should have to become more thick-skinned.”
Jeffrey Ross then said that he once did a show for sensitive people, who wanted to become better at taking a joke.
“That’s what was so great about roasting criminals,” he added. “I was curious to see if they would laugh at themselves. I think that’s the first step towards rehabilitation, and some of these PC police should try that. Laughing and not taking themselves so seriously. Not taking anything so seriously.”
Maher was particularly testy about the current state of political correctness in the United States. He wondered if it was a generational thing or a liberal-conservative thing, and then admitted that “liberals are definitely more PC.”
“I used to fight with this audience all the time because we used to get the audience strictly from liberal sources,” Maher said. “Then we got the audience, like, from everywhere, and I’ve had a much better time the last couple of months.”
You can hear the full discussion in this video.
Also, if you want to know exactly what Jerry Seinfeld said to get everyone so up in arms, check out the previous Inquisitr piece here.
Do you think Seinfeld, Maher, and Jeffrey Ross are correct in their assessment of politically correct people? Sound off in the comments section.
[Image of Jeffrey Ross via YouTube screen grab, linked above]