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Offensive Celebrities

I never really thought that Jerry Seinfeld would fall into the offensive celebrities category, but unfortunately he has now entered that world.

When a celebrity does something offensive, there is the risk of making him/her more popular by pointing a finger at it.  Publicizing the work makes the view count rate go up, thus perhaps making the celebrity’s work more profitable.

However, the backlash toward Brian Williams’ helicopter confession has made me stronger to publicly take a stand.

I have enjoyed the first 2 or 3 seasons of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee web series. I recently watched the episode with Jon Stewart, and felt very uneasy about their casual conversation about concentration camps  (at the 7:40 mark).  The remarks and their own laughing were about the title “concentration camps” and whether or not this wording is accurate.  I find this conversation and their own subsequent self-amusement to be in extremely bad taste, and I certainly would never accept the reasoning that it’s okay because they are Jewish.  I would say because they are Jewish, that makes it even worse.

Offensive Celebrities

http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/jon-stewart-the-sound-of-virginity

Jerry Seinfeld and Jon Stewart are solid pillars of the Comedic Industry.  They’ve expanded their outreach beyond my generation to my children who also enjoy their work. They are reaching a wide audience.  They should know better than to joke about this.  They have crossed the line, and I hope that the younger generation also feels that this is not right.

I don’t feel that I am usually a high-and-mighty or holier than thou kind of person. I prefer to think that while others may do things that I don’t agree with, as long as it’s not hurting anyone, I can just leave them alone and go my own way.

Regardless, I must stand up against this 2 minute conversation. It should have been edited out.

What happened with my generation?

Disclaimer: I do realize that children do not share all their activities with their parents and I am getting filtered reports.

  • The weekends started Thursday nights.
  • Panty raids and early morning parties, along with beer and Abe’s doughnuts, that started at 5 AM
  • Yes, we also studied, and we’re fully functional adults now, many are the breadwinner in our families

I visited my daughter up at college this weekend and couldn’t believe the differences between her college experience and mine. I drove off the campus wondering how my generation became so uptight!

Today’s Greek members (fraternities and sororities) seem to spend a great of their time in social engagements for their respective philanthropic organizations. My daughter had at least two to choose from on Saturday and another one or two on Sunday. I’m lucky I can even remember my sorority’s philanthropic affiliation (helping others with sight issues) from my college days. Also we rarely, if ever, spent time with other Greek organizations participating in efforts for their affiliations.

I only recall the Dance Marathon weekend which I think might have raised money for Muscular Dystrophy. I’m not sure if that was for a particular Greek house or just a university-wide event in which the Greeks participated.

No, we spent our time singing dirty songs on the university’s chapel steps. This was an annual competition during Greek Week. We changed the lyrics from popular songs to dirty words, dressed slutty, and provocative, and sang our hearts out on the university chapel steps.

Greek Week

We partied with other Greek houses, went to socials and formals in each other’s houses, and had a blast!

The chancellor of my daughter’s college (and my alma mater) has a reputation on campus of being against Greek affiliation. According to his bio, he graduated law school in 1981 so he would be roughly around 60 years old. I wonder if he’s been so uptight his entire life. But it’s not just him. It’s our generation. We are raising our children to be socially conscious, politically correct young adults. Was our upbringing disastrous? Were our “wild ways” so bad? It’s like our generation has a stiff, non-removable stick you know where.

Our children have enough pressure to succeed. The population is bigger, the competition is tougher. We also need to teach them how to relax every once in a while. Like we did!

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