Jerry Seinfeld’s excellent Internet series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has featured 25 guests to date, and the overwhelming majority have been white males. The list of exceptions is short: Sarah Silverman, Tina Fey, Chris Rock, Mario Joyner. This fact led to a backlash from the parts of the Internet that are sensitive to those types of trends, culminating in a CBS This Morning interview when BuzzFeed business editor Peter Lauria asked Seinfeld about the criticism.
“Yeah, let’s get into that,” Seinfeld said sarcastically, before pointing to the audience and continuing, “take a look over here, Peter. What do you see? A lot of whiteys! What’s going on here?!”
When the laughter died down, Seinfeld admitted that the talking point “really pisses him off.”
“People think it’s the census or something?” he said. “This has 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.”
“It’s more about PC nonsense than ‘Are you making us laugh or not?’” he said, referring to that approach as “anti-comedy.”
The backlash was instant, with Gawker construing his words to mean that “he seems to suggest that any comedian who is not a white male is also not funny.”
Watch the relevant portion of Seinfeld’s interview here: