Chris Rock has always been one to “tell it like it is.”
Now the comedian is under attack because he had the nerve to tweet an article praising Jerry Seinfeld for not falling victim to Wokeness. (Cue the jargon: Someone who is “woke” is a social justice foot soldier.)
The article Rock tweeted drew a furious gnashing of teeth among social justice warriors.
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Because it was an article about Seinfeld in The Federalist, a conservative publication.
The now-ironic title was this: “Seinfeld Is A Respite From The Insufferable Wokeness Of Comedy.”
Seinfeld Is A Respite From The Insufferable Wokeness Of Comedy https://t.co/w1Y5YtPdqw. Thank God for Jerry.
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) August 1, 2018
“The left identified comedy as an effective platform to share their message with the greater public, beginning with ‘The Daily Show,’ and took over every late-night talk show by the time Donald Trump became a serious political candidate,” The Federalist piece noted.
“Left-leaning comedians and their ultra-woke fans have recently been quite open about their belief that jokes aren’t necessary for comedy as long as there is a powerful, anti-Trump plea to the public,” it continued. “But some comedians have spoken out against this trend, defending comedy as a place for laughter, not emotional theater.”
Chris Rock’s comment reinforces his position in the second camp.
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The Federalist article tweet turned out not to be such a respite from “Insufferable Wokeness” for Rock, who awakened the fury of the resistance on Twitter.
“Let me know when The Federalist decides to celebrate the lives of [George] Carlin and [Richard] Pryor … or any comedian who is against organized religion, pro life, etc,” one commenter remarked.
— Robert Alvis (@robertalvis) August 2, 2018
“Don’t tell Jerry what to do! Don’t take credit for what Jerry does. Who funds The Federalist????” another tweeted, repeating a common left-wing meme.
“Chris, Chris … you linked to a conservative outlet without a semblance of disdain or hostility,” film critic Christopher Lloyd remarked. “My sympathies for the Twitterstorm you’re about to experience,” he warned.
However, numerous commenters supported Chris Rock’s position.
“Wow, humorless, woke leftists are really p***ed off that Chris Rock tweeted an article from @FDRLST,” one remarked.
“I completely agree with you, Chris! Stand up. I’m a conservative and a brother and your fan. Peace,” another commented.
“Please don’t apologize for tweeting this tomorrow, @chrisrock,” a popular tweet implored.
Rock has echoed the views of fellow comic Seinfeld, who once criticized college students for their PC comedy policing.
“They just want to use these words: ‘That’s racist,’ ‘That’s sexist,’ ‘That’s prejudice,'” Seinfeld told ESPN’s Colin Cowherd. “They don’t know what … they’re talking about.”
In a 2014 interview with Vulture, Rock expressed the same sentiments.
“You can’t even be offensive on your way to being inoffensive.”
“I stopped playing colleges … [it’s] their willingness not to offend anybody,” he said. “Kids raised on a culture of ‘We’re not going to keep score in the game because we don’t want anybody to lose.’ Or just ignoring race to a fault.”
“You can’t say ‘the black kid over there.’ No, it’s ‘the guy with the red shoes.’ You can’t even be offensive on your way to being inoffensive,” he continued.
“This is not as much fun as it used to be,” he added.