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Barbara Kay: Kids today need to get a sense of humour

Posted on 2015-06-24 08:30:24

Back in the day, comedians used to love performing on college campuses. Their audiences were young, hip and appreciative of edgy humour. Nowadays, not so much. In fact, alpha comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Larry the Cable Guy have — separately — essentially agreed that political correctness has so diminished their experience performing on campuses, that they are voting themselves off that judgmental and increasingly boring island. The life blood of comedy is mockery and in academia, the “you can’t say that” list is proliferating like zebra mussels on the hull of the good ship Humour. RelatedColby Cosh: Rookie Calgary MLA is an early victim of the Canadian human search engineBarbara Kay: Beloved in York, group banned by Toronto Pride for offending radical feminists Back in 2006, Chris Rock mused about playing college campuses, saying, “This is not as much fun as it used to be,” and noting that George Carlin had expressed the same thought before he died. Rock attributed it to “kids raised on a culture of ‘we’re not going to keep score in the game because we don’t want anybody to lose’.” Larry the Cable Guy has similar reservations. But it was Jerry Seinfeld who turned a national spotlight on the issue, when he told Colin Cowherd of ESPN earlier this month: “I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC.’ (Young people) 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.” This in turn prompted an open letter to Jerry Seinfeld published in the Huffington Post by San Diego State University student Anthony Berteaux, who lectured Jerry Seinfeld — Jerry Seinfeld! — on what is and is not “funny.” In academia, the ‘you can’t say that’ list is proliferating like zebra mussels on the hull of the good ship Humour. If Berteaux had a sense of humour, he would have realized his arrogance was in itself........

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The Black Book of the American Left: Volume 2 — The Progressives

Barbara Kay: How utterly irrational faith-based global-warming theory is In an April 30 article, “Climate change and health: Extreme heat a ‘silent’ killer, Globe and Mail reporter Karen McColl...


Barbara Kay on how you know you’re a pit bull fanatic (Video)

Latest Column

Barbara Kay: Kids today need to get a sense of humour

Posted on 2015-06-24 08:30:24

Back in the day, comedians used to love performing on college campuses. Their audiences were young, hip and appreciative of edgy humour. Nowadays, not so much. In fact, alpha comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Larry the Cable Guy have — separately — essentially agreed that political correctness has so diminished their experience performing on campuses, that they are voting themselves off that judgmental and increasingly boring island. The life blood of comedy is mockery and in academia, the “you can’t say that” list is proliferating like zebra mussels on the hull of the good ship Humour. RelatedColby Cosh: Rookie Calgary MLA is an early victim of the Canadian human search engineBarbara Kay: Beloved in York, group banned by Toronto Pride for offending radical feminists Back in 2006, Chris Rock mused about playing college campuses, saying, “This is not as much fun as it used to be,” and noting that George Carlin had expressed the same thought before he died. Rock attributed it to “kids raised on a culture of ‘we’re not going to keep score in the game because we don’t want anybody to lose’.” Larry the Cable Guy has similar reservations. But it was Jerry Seinfeld who turned a national spotlight on the issue, when he told Colin Cowherd of ESPN earlier this month: “I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC.’ (Young people) 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.” This in turn prompted an open letter to Jerry Seinfeld published in the Huffington Post by San Diego State University student Anthony Berteaux, who lectured Jerry Seinfeld — Jerry Seinfeld! — on what is and is not “funny.” In academia, the ‘you can’t say that’ list is proliferating like zebra mussels on the hull of the good ship Humour. If Berteaux had a sense of humour, he would have realized his arrogance was in itself........

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