Should There Be More Black Comedians on Television?
Jerry Seinfeld takes the heat for comments about Black comedians
Who cares about diversity in comedy? I’m pretty sure the millions of TV viewers worldwide do, but according to iconic actor Jerry Seinfeld, talent is more important than color. When asked about the lack of diversity on his web series, ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,’ Seinfeld responded, “People think comedy is the census or something, it’s gotta represent the actual pie chart of America. Who cares?” The comedian also went on to say, “Funny is the world that I live in. You’re funny, I’m interested. You’re not funny, I’m not interested. I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that.” This is coming directly off the heels of the recent controversy surrounding the lack of diversity on Saturday Night Live, which resulted in the addition of latest cast member Sasheer Zamata.
Labeling Seinfeld a racist isn’t the answer, the lack of color missing from comedy television is still the issue. Do you think it’s because there isn’t enough funny Black talent out there, or is the demand for minority actors just that low? Weigh in.