Jerry Seinfeld had just one question for New York Times columnist Neil Genzlinger: “Really?” Seinfeld penned a sarcastic letter to the editor in response to Genzlinger’s column about the overuse of the word ‘really’ in pop culture.
On Monday, Genzlinger wrote an article called “The ‘R’ Word: Really, Really Overused” for the Critics Notebook in the New York Times, which apparently Seinfeld did not agree with. The column said that scripted television relies to heavily on the sarcastic “really” to get laughs and that it’s lazy of writers to use the word, claiming that it’s “undoing 2,000 years’ worth of human progress.”
Seinfeld responded to the column with a really BIG “really?” In one sentence Seinfeld uses the word (in that hyperbolic way that drives Genzlinger crazy) three times. As the letter continues Seinfeld debunks Genzlinger’s theory, saying that while using the word in scripted media is lazy, comedy writers are in fact lazy—there’s nothing that can be done to change it. Appropriately, Seinfeld ended his letter by signing “Really, Jerry Seinfeld.”
Be sure to check out the letter from Seinfeld here.