On Friday, Bill Maher concluded his HBO talk show by angrily criticizing a viral HuffPost article penned by a San Diego State University student to Jerry Seinfeld. In the HuffPost blog piece, writer Anthony Berteaux defends college students who Seinfeld’s thinks “don’t know what the hell they’re talking about” when it comes to identifying racism and sexism in comedy.
Maher, whose previous ABC talk show Politically Incorrect was canceled in 2001 because he called the U.S. military “cowardly,” lambasted the college student in the name of comedic integrity.
“One undergrad from San Diego actually wrote to Jerry an open letter on The Huffington Post to help him, Jerry Seinfeld, better understand how comedy works. Now I sure wouldn’t want to be judged by what I wrote at 20, but, stupid though I was in 1976, I wouldn’t have presumed to lecture George Carlin on comedy.”
Maher didn’t shy from profanity when reading a letter written in the style of the late George Carlin.
“I sure wish he was around to write a letter back to this kid — as only he could. But since he can’t, allow me: ‘Dear you little sh*t, I’m sure you’re busy with your new letter explanation astrophysics to Stephen Hawking. And giving jump shot pointers to Steph Curry.”
The talk show host further critiqued the college student’s point about comedian Amy Schumer’s humor being less racially charged.
“In the same letter this kid cited Amy Schumer as a comic as edgy but without indulging in harmful stereotypes. OK, but what about her line, ‘I used to date Hispanic guys, but now I prefer consensual.’?”
Maher also pointed out Seinfeld wasn’t alone in avoiding college campuses.
“An opinion echoed by Chris Rock, who said he stopped playing colleges because of their unwillingness to offend anybody. And Larry the Cable Guy concurs, he says it’s really a shame nobody can handle comedy anymore. You know, when Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and Larry the Cable Guy say you have a stick up your ass, you don’t have to wait for the x-rays to come back. That’s right, a black, a Jew, and a redneck walk onto a college campus and they all can’t wait to leave.”
Seinfeld doesn’t play college campuses to begin with but his views on why, partly thanks to Berteaux’s writing, are now more known. The blog post has garnered 27,000 likes on Facebook, making the likelihood of Seinfeld hearing about it high.
Watch Maher attack political correctness below.
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