Jerry Seinfeld made headlines Monday after he told an ESPN radio host that college students had become too politically correct.
“I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC,’” Seinfeld said in an interview that originally aired last week. After telling a story about his 14-year-old daughter calling something his wife said “sexist,” Seinfeld later added, “They just want to use these words: ‘That’s racist’; ‘That’s sexist’; ‘That’s prejudice.’ They don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.”
Speaking to Seth Meyers during an interview segment on Tuesday’s Late Night, Seinfeld explained that it’s not just millennials who have become an issue for comics.
“They keep moving the lines in for no reason,” Seinfeld said. “I do this joke about the way people need to justify their cell phone. ‘I need to have it with me because people are so important.’ I say, ‘They don’t seem very important, the way you scroll through them like a gay French king.’” The 61-year-old then made an exaggerated hand gesture.
After New Yorker editor David Remnick, a guest on Meyers’ show alongside Seinfeld, joked that some people would say the comic’s remark was “offensive to the gay French kings,” Seinfeld didn’t disagree.
“I did this line recently in front of an audience, and comedy is where you can feel an opinion,” Seinfeld said. “And they thought, ‘What do you mean gay? What are you talking about gay? What are you doing? What do you mean?’ I thought, ‘Are you kidding me?’”
He continued: “I could imagine a time where people would say that’s offensive to suggest that a gay person moves their hands in a flourishing notion, and you need to apologize. There’s a creepy, PC thing out there that really bothers me.”
Seinfeld, Remnick and Meyers went on to talk about how cultural figures should discuss Caitlyn Jenner, and where Meyers draws the line on jokes about the former Olympian. Watch the segment below.