Julia Louis-Dreyfus says the ‘P.C. crap’ fmr. co-star Jerry Seinfeld denounced is a ‘red flag’ to her

“Seinfeld” alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus took issue with Jerry Seinfeld’s recent comment about political correctness ruining comedy, arguing that the “P.C. crap” he denounced “is not a bad thing.”

In an interview with the New York Times, the 63-year-old actress suggested Seinfeld’s thoughts were “a red flag” that could “mean something else.`

“When I hear people starting to complain about political correctness — and I understand why people might push back on it — but to me, that’s a red flag, because it sometimes means something else,” Louis-Dreyfus said. “I believe being aware of certain sensitivities is not a bad thing. I don’t know how else to say it.”

Seinfeld specifically pointed to the “extreme left” while speaking with The New Yorker about the lack of good comedies on television.

“It used to be, you would go home at the end of the day, most people would go, ‘Oh, ‘Cheers’ is on. Oh, ‘M*A*S*H’ is on. Oh, ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ is on. ‘All in the Family’ is on.’ You just expected, there’ll be some funny stuff we can watch on TV tonight,” Seinfeld said. “Well, guess what — where is it? This is the result of the extreme left and P.C. crap, and people worrying so much about offending other people.”

Louis-Dreyfus, who won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series for Seinfeld (1989-1998), in addition to six Emmys for playing Selina Meyer in Veep (2012-2019), is plugging her new film Tuesday and was asked about Seinfeld’s remarks.

“If you look back on comedy and drama both, let’s say 30 years ago, through the lens of today, you might find bits and pieces that don’t age well,” she said. “And I think to have an antenna about sensitivities is not a bad thing. It doesn’t mean that all comedy goes out the window as a result.”

“My feeling about all of it is that political correctness, insofar as it equates to tolerance, is obviously fantastic,” she added. “And, of course, I reserve the right to boo anyone who says anything that offends me while also respecting their right to free speech, right?”

On the issue of comedy being better or worse under the constant fear of being canceled, Louis-Dreyfus was not willing to say but seemed to be good with the idea that some classic films of yesterday may not be “acceptable” today.

“I can’t judge if it’s better or not,” she said. “I just know that the lens through which we create art today — and I’m not going to just specify it to comedy, it’s also drama — it’s a different lens. It really is. Even classically wonderful, indisputably great films from the past are riddled with attitudes that today would not be acceptable. So I think it’s just good to be vigilant.”

Tom Tillison

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