While many American comedians lean left politically, they’ve been among those speaking out strongest against the stranglehold political-correctness has on our culture.
They have a massive stake in the matter, after all, as comedians have seen what was once routine comedic material become “problematic” in recent years.
Chris Rock said he stopped performing at colleges campuses because they’ve become too conservative. “Not in their political views — not like they’re voting Republican — but in their social views and their willingness not to offend anybody,” he clarified. Jerry Seinfeld is another comic who has ceased performing on college campuses. He said recently, “young people just want to use these words: ‘That’s racist;’ ‘That’s sexist;’ ‘That’s prejudice.’ … They don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.”
Bill Maher commonly rages against the “PC police,” whom he credits for getting Trump elected.
The latest to speak out against the craziness is Bill Murray, who made an appearance on the financial news network CNBC. Politics did come up in the interview, and Murray criticized primarily Democrats for dividing the country through identity politics.
As the Daily Wire reported,
“My friend who’s a great comedy writer, Jim Downey, he’s accused of being a right-wing comedy writer, if there is such a thing,” said Murray. “‘No, no,’ he says, ‘I just think the way Democrats handle things is poor. They pick out little pieces of a population and say they represent it — we represent the Hispanics, we represent the LGBT, or something.’ They’re not speaking to everyone at once. It’s almost demeaning to say I’m choosing you, because you’re a splinter group, there’s almost a resentment, to say you’re my people. We’re being separated again by a politician.”
Instead of politicians thinking, “you’re my people; I’m in control of you; I represent you,” said Murray, “each citizen has a right to be respected as a citizen first under the laws of the country.”
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