Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, February 4, 2014
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld hit the nail on the head when he fired back at the critics who believe that his web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” isn’t diverse enough.
“People think it’s the census or something,” Seinfeld said in an interview with Buzzfeed business editor Peter Lauria during a segment of “Buzzfeed Brews with CBS This Morning” Monday.
“[That] this has gotta represent the actual pie chart of America? Who cares? 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,” he continued.
Seinfeld took part in the interview to promote the web series, where other comedians join him for a cup of coffee and a ride in a classic car while the pair discuss their life stories. Critics argue that it features too many white men, particularly during its first season. Guests during that season include “Seinfeld” producer Larry David and co-star Michael Richards, Ricky Gervais, and Alec Baldwin. Sarah Silverman and Tina Fey were among the women included in later episodes, however.
“Yeah, let’s get into that,” Seinfeld told Lauria in response to the criticism. “Take a look over here Peter – what do you see? A lot of whities. What’s going on here…oh this really pisses me off, but go ahead. Really pisses me off.”
The comedian also noted how he asked Fey in her episode about women in comedy, and how it’s a “struggle for them to balance their feminine projects with their comedic goals.” He told Lauria that it’s something she thinks about but it’s not a major concern to her.
Buzzfeed noted that Seinfeld had received the same criticisms during the 10-year run of his hit NBC comedy. While featuring a female lead, Elaine (portrayed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus), the regular cast was all Caucasian.
Watch the segment below.