Julia Louis-Dreyfus Disagrees with Jerry Seinfeld’s Political Correctness Gripe

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Seinfeld fans, Elaine and Jerry are fighting again. When asked by The New York Times Magazine if she struggles against pressure to be politically correct in her comedy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus took a very different path from her former costar Jerry Seinfeld, who recently lamented such expectations. “To have an antenna about sensitivities is not a bad thing,” she said. “It doesn’t mean that all comedy goes out the window as a result.”

She continued: “When I hear people starting to complain about political correctness−and I understand why people might push back on it−but to me that’s a red flag, because it sometimes means something else. I believe being aware of certain sensitivities is not a bad thing.”

Louis-Dreyfus, who is currently promoting her new A24 film, Tuesday, didn’t address her ex-costar directly, though that latter comment could be seen as a response to Seinfeld’s 2024 press tour. While promoting his Netflix film about Pop-Tarts (yes, Pop-Tarts), the comedian spoke out against the “PC crap” that he sees as ruining Hollywood today. Alongside a call for the return of “dominant masculinity” on The Free Press’ “Honestly” podcast with Bari Weiss, Seinfeld told the The New Yorker that there are fewer comedies being made today because of “people worrying so much about offending other people.”

For Louis-Dreyfus, it’s not anxiety over what’s being said that’s hurting the business but rather the consolidation of how comedy is made. “All this siloing of studios and outlets and streamers and distributors—I don’t think it’s good for the creative voice,” she said. “So that’s what I want to say in terms of the threat to art.”

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