2019-01-04 05:56:22 UTC
Seinfeld might offend young people, not that theres anything wrong with that.
Millennial-focused website Bustle is taking heat for publishing a listicle that
examines all the reasons why Seinfeld would be a little too edgy in the modern
climate of policing everything that isnt deemed politically correct.
Comedian and author Tim Young told Fox News that the article is ridiculous,
and that it blows his mind how desperate people are to be offended, with the
attack on Seinfeld the latest example. Seinfeld, which aired from 1989-1998,
is widely considered one of the best programs in television history but Bustle
doesnt exactly feel that way.
Angelica Florios piece, headlined These 13 jokes from Seinfeld are offensive
now Yes, that includes the Soup Nazi, was published on New Years Eve and
claims that watching the classic sitcom in 2019 will hopefully make viewers
realize how much times have changed.
Hopefully most people can agree that comedy, even edgy comedy, doesn't need
to alienate marginalized groups in order to make people laugh, Florio wrote.
Thanks to more modern understandings of what political correctness entails
and why being PC is important it's less common these days to find jokes like
the offensive ones that often played out on Seinfeld.
The Bustle reporter went on to condemn the Soup Nazi because, according to
Florio, using the term Nazi to label someone as a joke doesn't sit so well
Its not the fault of Seinfeld that the media 20 years later gave constant
attention to a small group of radicals and gave them outsized importance. Its
also not Seinfelds fault the media has made the term Nazi meaningless
because it uses the label on anyone to the right of Nancy Pelosi, Daily Wire
reporter Ashe Schow wrote in a piece criticizing the Bustle article.
The entire point of Seinfeld was to show four terrible people interacting in a
world full of kind, thoughtful people. The humor was in how terrible they were.
After all, they ended up in jail at the end of the series for violating a
good-Samaritan law when they chose to laugh at an obese man getting carjacked
rather than help him, Young said.
Other Seinfeld jokes the Bustle article considers taboo include calling a
Native American an Indian Giver, Kramer accidently burning the Puerto Rican
flag, Japanese businessmen sleeping in Kramers dresser drawers, Jerry
mistakenly getting someone deported and a whole episode's worth of bad jokes
when a reporter thought Jerry and George were gay.
Young pointed out that the episode in which main characters are thought to be in
a same-sex relationship was actually a groundbreaking episode for the gay
It won a GLAAD award for its positive outlook on gay and lesbian relationships
in the media as the script and interactions of the cast never mocked being gay,
Young said. Rather, they took extra precaution in creating the line 'not that
theres anything wrong with that' to show that it's ok and normal to have a
same-sex relationship, just that it wasn't them.'
The Bustle reporter also has an issue with storylines such as George staring at
a womans cleavage, Jerry not understanding why liking Chinese women could be
considered racist, Kramer referring to someone as a fat little mental patient,
George seeking a woman who cant speak English and a storyline based on
illegally parking in a handicap spot.
While Young thinks the entire article is absurd, he also doesnt think its
The first thing I thought when I saw this article was that it was a rip off of
a Fine Brothers Entertainment video on YouTube entitled Do Teens & College Kids
Think Seinfeld Is Funny? | Does It Hold Up? Which has a million views and was
given 130k dislikes and only 14k likes, Young said. They knew this was
clickbait to egg on Americans who disagree with them.