Jerry Seinfeld attacks ‘creepy’ political correctness over ‘gay French kings’ joke
Jerry Seinfeld has complained that people no longer find a joke about “gay French kings” amusing because of political correctness.
Speaking on Late Night with Seth Meyers, he bemoaned changing tastes of audiences, who no longer find some of his material funny.
He said: “They keep moving the lines in for no reason… I do this joke about the way people need to justify their cellphone – I need to have it with me, because people are so important.
“Well, you don’t seem very important the way you scroll through them like a gay French king.
“I did this line recently in front of an audience. Comedy’s like where you can feel an opinion – and they thought ‘what do you mean gay’?
“I thought, are you kidding me, we can’t even [joke about that?]
“I can imagine a time where people will say, that’s offensive to suggest a gay person moves their hands in a flourishing motion, and you now need to apologise.
“There’s a creepy PC thing out there that really bothers me.”
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He also rebuked host Seth Meyers for refusing to make jokes about Caitlyn Jenner coming out as transgender.
The comedian said: “As long as we’re on this subject, you said the other day you’re not going to make any jokes about Caitlyn Jenner.”
Meyers shot back: “I said that day I wasn’t going to.
“Caitlyn Jenner’s a person who will continue to do things in the public eye, and she will be as open to jokes as anyone else.
“As far as that [Vanity Fair] cover and that moment, I thought that was a wonderful moment and not a time to make a joke.”