Jerry Seinfeld made the news recently for comments he made about political correctness during an interview on ESPN’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd. Referring to his standup comedy tours, he said, “I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC.'” He then went on to relate his 14-year-old daughter’s misconception of sexism to that of college kids: “They just want to use these words: ‘That’s racist’; ‘That’s sexist’; ‘That’s prejudice.’ They don’t know what the f— they’re talking about.”

Unsurprisingly, Seinfeld has taken a lot of flak in the media for his statements, but he isn’t the only one raising the problem with political correctness. In New York Magazine, Jonathan Chait outlines the PC atmosphere in more detail, focusing in particular on how it effects professors:

The campus atmosphere has changed radically in a short period of time; students consider themselves highly vulnerable to trauma and consider it their right to be protected from opposing viewpoints; professors are terrified of giving offense and widely committing self-censorship; the phenomenon is bound up in a left-wing ideology that believes identity cannot merely complement but completely supplant reason as the means for settling disagreements; and this ideology has spread beyond the academy into many corners of social media.

Chait, too, has stirred his own controversy in journalistic circles; some agree with his assessment, but others claim that political correctness “doesn’t actually exist.”

Political correctness is an ever-present dimension in cultural conversation. Many view it as a minefield to navigate, while others uphold it as constitutional. Chait thinks political correctness is in its final wave. We don’t agree, but we’re glad to see its proponents now admitting its absurdity.

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