As you probably already know, funnyman Jerry Seinfeld hosts a web series called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. As you might not know, white men have been the guests on 20 of the 24 episodes that have aired so far: Seinfeld has made the java run with female comedians Tina Fey and Sarah Silverman and black comedians Mario Joyner and Chris Rock. The question is: does it matter? And if it does matter, why?

During an interview on BuzzFeed Brews, host Peter Lauria asked Seinfeld about the predominance of white male guests on the show, having noted the Internet commentary about it and been asked by his Twitter followers to pose the question. Seinfeld responded first with a softball, "People think it's the census or something, that it's got to represent the actual pie chart of America - who cares? Funny is the world that I live in." Then he went further, saying, "I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that," and that he feels the positions of those who have watched his show and commented on the race and gender breakdown of his guests are "anti comedy" and "more about PC nonsense than 'Are you making us laugh or not?'"

Can you guess what happens next? If you said "Brouhaha!" and "Talking heads go nuts!", you can claim your prize at the door. It led to BuzzFeed, the very site that interviewed him, running this headline: "Jerry Seinfeld On Diversity In Comedy: 'Who Cares? Are You Making Us Laugh Or Not?'" But Jerry wasn't speaking about diversity in the global institution of comedy, Jerry was talking about how he feels about his show – the one that's only 24 episodes old and will, in the beginning, focus on comedians Jerry knows, likes and can have a comical on-camera rapport with. But the Internet will not be stopped, and the distortions only get worse - much worse - from there.

You can check out the video that got the whole thing started below. And this writer, who is black, says "kudos" to Seinfeld for not saying anything like, "I had Chris Rock on..."



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      eye.surgeon
      • 10 Months Ago
      The premise of CICGC is simple: Jerry spends an afternoon talking to one of his comedic friends about cars and comedy. These are all people he has known for years if not decades. In a PC world gone mad, he's now being criticized for not having enough black friends. Perhaps we should have enforced mandates for the racial mix of our friends. Failure to have enough black friends could perhaps be met with a tax penalty or a mandated class on diversity.
      johnnyhedwardsjr
      • 10 Months Ago
      As a black guy it never crossed my mind once. Nothing will ever be 100% equal in any circumstance. I have more black friends than white friends, that doesn't make me racist, it just is what it is. I happened to grow up in an economically challenged neighborhood in Birmingham, AL where over 75% of the population was African American. So what? I don't think that Seinfeld ever thought twice about the subject, nor did he probably invite Chris Rock because he's black and he needed to fill a quota. I'm tired of people always crying wolf, because when real issues occur, people are so sick and tired of hearing the constant complaining that they don't take the real issues seriously.
        SethG
        • 10 Months Ago
        @johnnyhedwardsjr
        Chris Rock was on the show because he's hilarious and he and Seinfeld have a rapport and a history. Now, thanks the the PC police, we have to think that the next black guest is on because he or she is black.
      Carpinions
      • 10 Months Ago
      This is some people getting a bit too worked up over a non-issue. The aforementioned non-white/male people have been mentioned, but he's also had Louis C.K. on, who is part Mexican. He's also had a lot of Jewish people on (given the small number of episodes they've done so far); technically, in that light, CiCGC could be seen as favoring white Jewish people. Do I personally care? No. I think it has been pretty diverse for 24 episodes so far.
      Jake Laird
      • 10 Months Ago
      It's like some people just sit around all day and think of things to be offended by.
        Neez
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Jake Laird
        so true, so true. There is nothing in the constitution that says "you have the right not to be offended".
      unsivilaudio
      • 10 Months Ago
      Good for him. I'm pretty sure he does the show because he likes it, its fun, and nobody can tell him what to do. Its a low budget web-series, and I'm betting he could fund the show himself he really wanted to.
        wilkegm
        • 10 Months Ago
        @unsivilaudio
        That's the nice part- Jerry doesn't need the money. It's really more like a well-produced video blog than anything- Seinfeld just HAPPENS to have a good-sized draw.
      T-Mille
      • 10 Months Ago
      I hate people who make issues of out non-issues. Not everything is a battle for social justice.
      Cubanaso
      • 10 Months Ago
      Wow, how stupid people are getting with all this PC bullpoop! Listen, I'm Hispanic and while I have many friends from all races...you know what, if you count them there are probably a lot more Hispanics. Apparently this makes me a racist....MY LORD....THE STUPIDITY OF PC NONSENSE!!!!
      kevsflanagan
      • 10 Months Ago
      If these people want to make a fuss over this I say we make a fuss over the fact The View doesnt have any men as one of their hosts! Damn sexist women all of 'em!! I agree with Sienfeld here as long as the show is funny and I laugh/chuckle a bit who cares who is in the car with him? Seriously why does it offend people? I just can't wrap my head around it. So what if Jerry mainly knows white male comedians and a few females? Or wait what if he does know some *gasp* black people but they have just been to busy to do the show? Jerry should attempt to get Chris Rock on the show and just have him bash white people the entire time. Yes I'm white and I'll most likely laugh at everything he says so I won't find it offense just funny.
        Muttons
        • 10 Months Ago
        @kevsflanagan
        You must have missed the episode where he had Chris Rock on. Read the last line of this story and you'll understand. He HAD Chris Rock on. But if he SAYS that as a response, he is instantly giving validation to those PC whack jobs who think he needs to have 33% white comics, 33% black comics and 33% "other". It's ridiculous and Seinfeld rightly calls it out as ridiculous. It's his show. He puts interesting comics on that he has a connection with. People (and the media) need to stop with the enforced diversity crap.
      SquareFour
      • 10 Months Ago
      So a guy who likes cars, comedy and coffee decides to film himself driving his favorite cars to have coffee with his favorite comedians, but because he decides to "air" these little films he MUST be cognizant of the race and gender of the comedians he gets coffee with? Really? REALLY? Jesus, this nation has indeed gone 'round the bend.
      Neez
      • 10 Months Ago
      Race Baiters at it again, poor seinfield caught in the middle. Because if you don't go out of your way to find more black people to put on your show, then you must be a racist. Affirmative action is 7%, seinfield had 2 black guests out of 24 which puts him at 8.3%, so he's meeting the quota. Why hasn't he had any asian comdian guests, now i'm offended. He must be a racist, not!!!
      Chris
      • 10 Months Ago
      I am so sick of all of this race bating. It's not constructive, in fact it's more destructive by pitting people against each other and thereby keeping racism alive. It's as though some are deliberately trying to recreate the tumultuous 60s for their own gain and sense of gratification, and that's truly sad. They're merely picking at the wounds from the past for their own selfish reasons. What do these crybabies expect Jerry to do? Placate the masses by bending over backwards to make sure everyone is "fairly" represented on his show? That would be a little disengenous if you ask me. Now, I wonder what these same folks had to say about the Cosby Show, Fresh Prince, In Living Color, etc.
        Radwon
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Chris
        True. It's divisive as hell. It's the last thing we need in these tough times when we should be coming together instead of looking at each other with suspicion.
      Jim R
      • 10 Months Ago
      Perfect example of someone making a mountain out of a molehill. The race hustlers are at it again.
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