Could some of the most beloved episodes from “Seinfeld,” the classic NBC sitcom that gave us “the yada yada” and “double dipping,” be made for today’s audience? Doc Thompson and the guys looked at a list of episodes that are probably no longer politically correct on Tuesday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson.”
One episode would likely be “The Outing,” the episode in season 4 with the classic line “not that there’s anything wrong with that.” A reporter mistakenly believes that Jerry and George are a gay couple, with Jerry going to great lengths to try to prove that he’s straight. “The Cigar Store” is a season 5 episode with un-PC moments: Jerry buys a cigar store Indian statue to give to Elaine’s friend Winona, who is Native American.
Fortunately made before the era of obsessive political correctness, “Seinfeld” has been revisited with criticism in recent years, especially after Jerry Seinfeld’s real-life comments about not wanting to censor his own comedy for squeamish modern audiences. The comedian once told ESPN that he’s been advised not to play colleges because students are too politically correct.
“They just want to use these words,” Seinfeld said. “‘That’s racist. That’s sexist. That’s prejudice.’ They don’t even know what they’re talking about.”
Complex agreed in 2015 that a number of the best-known “Seinfeld” episodes wouldn’t be considered “PC” today, while AlterNet took it to the next level with this headline: “10 ‘Seinfeld’ episodes that are racist and sexist in retrospect.” The list included “The Stake-Out,” an episode where Jerry meets an attractive woman and pretends to randomly bump into her at her office so he can go out with her, along with “The Chinese Woman,” which supposedly “fetishizes Asian women.”