If Jerry Seinfeld ever gets tired of ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,’ he could always start a new show titled ‘Comedians in Cars Slapping down Racial Bean Counters,’ because that’s exactly what happened when Buzzfeed Editor Peter Lauria decided to ask about the lack of racial diversity on Seinfeld’s latest show. One gets the feeling that Mr. Lauria spends his Sunday night looking at Department of Labor statistics and wondering if there are racial conspiracies afoot because black people don’t comprise 20% of all plumbers, zookeepers, race car drivers, and policemen that use motorcycles with sidecars.
Buzzfeed Editor Editor Peter Lauria: I have noticed that most of the guests are mostly white males. Of 22 episodes you’ve had —
Seinfeld: Yeah, let’s get into that. Take a look over here, Peter. What do you see? A lot of whiteys! What’s going on here?!
Oh, this really pisses me off. This really pisses me off, but go ahead. […] There were a lot of things about ‘Comedians and Cars’ from the very beginning — the first ten I did were all white males and people were writing all about that. People think it’s the census or something. It’s gotta represent the actual pie chart of America. Who cares? Funny is the world that I live in. You’re funny, I’m interested. You’re not funny, I’m not interested. I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that, but everyone else is kind of calculating ‘Is this the exact right mix?’ To me it’s anti-comedy. It’s anti-comedy. It’s more about PC nonsense than “Are you making us laugh or not?”
Gawker’s response? It went nuts:
Jerry Seinfeld, the most successful comedian in the world and maker of comedy for and about white people, isn’t interested in trying to include non-white anything in his work. …
He seems to suggest that any comedian who is not a white male is also not funny, though he’s also likely fed up with the amount of bad comedy he’s been forced to sit through in his (waning) career.
Which is too bad, because Seinfeld is downplaying the work of everyone from Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby to Aziz Ansari, Mindy Kaling, and Eddie Huang, who are all in various stages of their own sitcoms that just might turn out to be the next Seinfeld. …
In conclusion: Yes, comedy should represent the entire pie chart of America, and the glorious, multicolored diversity pie should be thrown directly at Jerry Seinfeld’s face.
Any famous conservative who has been invited to speak on a college campus knows about the liberal predilection for throwing pies at intellectual opponents, and now Gawker readers know that when they occasionally wonder, “What kind of immature clown throws pies at someone he dislikes instead of hashing it out like an adult?” that the answer lies before them: Kyle Chayka.
Question: How strange is it that Gawker writers can pejoratively refer to Jerry Seinfeld’s “comedy for and about white people,” but if Mr. Seinfeld actually described his comedy that way — and used it to justify the guests on his show — they would explode with charges of racism? And how sad is it that Gawker writers slime guys like Jerry Seinfeld and hit the publish button before even doing a cursory amount or research?
Mediaite finishes Mr. Chayka off with its piece ‘Gawker Writer Embarrasses Self with Baseless Attack on Jerry Seinfeld’:
Surely, Chayka researched this post before he went off on a tear. He must know that Seinfeld called Pryor “the Picasso of our profession,” or that he hosted an event honoring Cosby and called himself “not that funny” by comparison, or that Ansari regularly joins Seinfeld’s exclusive inner circle of comedians. Et cetera, et cetera.
In fact, there are few working comedians who do not have a story to tell about how Seinfeld and his encouraging cohorts aided in the development of their careers.
Surely, he knew all this and merely sought to intentionally mislead his audience. The alternative would be that Chayka just did not care so much about the subject as his preconceived opinion before publishing it in what he must have known was a public forum… Which just couldn’t be.
Liberalism encourages laziness. Disagree with a liberal and you must be a racistsexisthomophobe (one word). No research or critical thinking required — except when it is, which is quite often.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have something to do that doesn’t involve wondering whether black people comprise 20% of all U.S. watchmakers, basket weavers and car mechanics.