Top Comedians Snub College Shows, Say Students Are 'Too Politically Correct'
Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock are among legendary comics who have stopped performing on college campuses because they say some students can't take a joke.
Filmmaker Courtney Balaker made a documentary about the issue called Can We Take A Joke?
“A lot of comics don't want to play colleges because they feel the environment is too PC. I don't think that's good for comedy and I don't think it's good for colleges,” she said.
Students at UC Berkeley protested when Bill Maher gave the commencement speech last year because they were angry over his jokes about Muslims.
“You don't have to be a liberal although come on its Berkeley I think I can speak freely here. I mean, I hope I can,” he said in his own defense.
The situation has extended beyond college campuses.
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried was fired as the voice of the Aflac duck after tweeting jokes that some found offensive about the Japanese tsunami in 2011.
Some of the jokes were: “I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, ‘They'll be another one floating by any minute now.’”
Another was: “I was talking to my Japanese real estate agent. I said 'is there a school in this area.' She said 'not now, but just wait.'”
“You'd think I was some foreign dictator or some gangster or killer they just caught,” he told INSIDE EDITION.
When a 2013 sketch about America’s trillion dollar debt to China was broadcast on Jimmy Kimmel Live there were so many protests he was forced to publicly apologize: “I am very sorry that I bothered you or upset any of you.”
Jerry Seinfeld summed up the feelings when he spoke to Seth Meyers recently: “There is a creepy PC thing out there that really bothers me.”