Apparently, the bar for racial insensitivity has now been lowered so much that one can be branded with the scarlet “R” for insisting that racial and gender identity issues should be irrelevant in certain circumstances. Merely asserting that merit, and not demographic identifiers which result from accidents of birth, should carry more weight is enough to offend those for whom racial and gender-based grievances suffice for a raison d’être.
Take, for example, Gawker’s Kyle Chayka, who objected to comedic legend Jerry Seinfeld’s response to a question the performer was asked about his web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, primarily featuring young, white men.
“It really pisses me off,” Seinfeld said of the logic behind that question.
“People think that it’s the census or something,” he observed of comedy in general. “It’s gotta represent the actual pie chart of America. Who cares?”
“Funny is the world that I live in,” he concluded. “You’re funny, I’m interested. You’re not funny, I’m not interested. And I have no interest in gender, or race, or anything like that.”
The comedian added that he believed it is effectively “anti-comedy” to impose gender or race-based quotas on standup.
“He seems to suggest that any comedian who is not a white male is also not funny,” Chayka asserted, based on nothing more than his own passionate belief in the inherent necessity of gender and race-based quotas.
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