Jerry Seinfeld sends out a tweet to announce new episodes of his Crackle series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” typically with a joke involving the guest comic’s name. For example, his tweet from two weeks ago read: “New Comedians. Cars Getting Coffee! Cedric The Entertainer. No affiliation with Cedric The Regular Person.” On Thursday, Seinfeld’s tweet used a predictable pun on the name of his guest, as you can see in the screen shot above:
“New! Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Lewis Black. Black’s life matters.”
Today’s incredibly easy Ethics Alarms Ethics Quiz of the Day:
Is Jerry’s tweet insensitive and tasteless?
I ask because the Political Correctness Bullies are all over Seinfeld for this. Perhaps emboldened by fellow comedian Steve Martin’s disgraceful weenification, leading to his refusal to stand up for the right to engage in innocent discourse without having to grovel to the power lust of the perpetually offended, twitter users accused Jerry of bad taste for daring to make a play on words involving the controversial activist group. Much of the media has been sympathetic to the bullies, like US Magazine, which wrote,
“Twitter users were quick to spot the distasteful joke and call Seinfeld out on the thoughtless blunder.”
There is nothing tasteless or thoughtless, or a blunder, about “Lewis Black’s life matters.” It’ is a play on words only. Such wordplay doesn’t invoke what the words signify, or make any comment at all about their context. Is the idea that Black Lives Matter has to be immune from being used in puns and wordplay, because to do so is inherently disrespectful? That is a stupid idea, to be blunt, and shows a complete ignorance of humor.
In Monty Python’s “The Life of Brian,” those in the back of the crowd listening to Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount are having trouble hearing. They are asking each other what had been said, prompting this exchange:
Man: I think it was, “Blessed are the cheesemakers”!
Gregory’s wife: What’s so special about the cheesemakers?
Gregory: Well, obviously it’s not meant to be taken literally. It refers to any manufacturer of dairy products.
Now who but a lunatic would argue that the exchange is critical of Jesus, Christianity or the Sermon itself in any way? To argue that, one would have to believe that non-substantive references in a humorous vein are are intended to be taken as critical, and to believe that, one would have be unacquainted with the concept of humor. Seinfeld critics are, if anything, more deranged.
Seinfeld, to his great and enduring credit, has stood up to PC bullies before, saying in a recent interview on the topic,
“They just want to use these words —That’s racist,’ ‘That’s sexist,’ ‘That’s prejudice.’ They don’t even know what the fuck they’re talking about.”
Seinfeld’s tweet remains on his Twitter feed. It better stay there.
Oh! The answer to this ethics quiz, if you haven’t figured it out yet, is