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.
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.