Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is facing backlash online after tweeting a joke Friday referencing the Black Lives Matter movement.
While announcing fellow comedian Lewis Black as the next guest on his web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Seinfeld jokingly tweeted that “Black’s life matters.”
— Jerry Seinfeld (@JerrySeinfeld) January 26, 2017
Several verified Twitter accounts immediately attacked Seinfeld over the pun, alleging that such humor was in bad taste and off-limits.
Caille Millner, a San Francisco Chronicle columnist & editorial writer, called the joke a “bad tweet.”
— Caille Millner (@caillemillner) January 26, 2017
Kevin T. Porter, a self-described “patriarchy toppler” and comedian, also expressed outrage.
— Kevin T. Porter (@KevinTPorter) January 26, 2017
Stand up comedian Matt Donaher even claimed the tweet was politically incorrect.
— Matt Donaher (@mattdonaher) January 27, 2017
Fans of Seinfeld on the other hand defended the comedian against what they saw as “fake outrage.”
— Nodnarb Yekcal (@NodnarbYekcal) January 26, 2017
— BOMILCAR! (@diy_u_lazy_cow) January 26, 2017
@JerrySeinfeld prepared to be buried by an avalanche of over sensitive snowflakes
— ben (@benweiss13) January 27, 2017
Seinfeld, who has repeatedly criticized political correctness in comedy, has neither removed the tweet or addressed complaints.
During an appearance on ESPN Radio’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” in 2015, the comedian revealed he avoided performing on college campuses because they’d become “so PC.”
“I don’t play colleges but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges, they’re so pc,’” he said.
Using his 14-year-old daughter as an example at the time, the Seinfeld star also bemoaned what he described as a politically correct-obsessed youth.
“My daughter’s 14. My wife says to her, ‘Well, you know, in the next couple of years, I think maybe you’re going to want to hang around the city more on the weekends so you can see boys.’ You know, my daughter says, ‘That’s sexist,’” he said.
“They just want to use these words. ‘That’s racist. That’s sexist. That’s prejudice.’ They don’t even know what they’re talking about.”
During a 2014 interview with Buzzfeed Seinfeld made similar comments after being confronted about the number of “white males” on his aforementioned web series.
Watch: Jerry Seinfeld Is Tired of Political Correctness
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