If you have been keeping up with the trends, you probably remember how millennials were going off about “Friends” being full of offensive jokes and storylines.
But that is in the past now, this generation is currently saying similar things about “Seinfeld.”
Just to clarify, millennials are people currently aged between 22 and 37. They are best known for their self-obsession, shameless addiction to modern technology like phones and social media, and laziness.
And now, they have another defining characteristic to their name – they are incredibly easy to offend. Some think they just lack a sense of humor and can’t take a joke.
It could also be that they are too sensitive, and can take anything out of context and see it as insensitive to some people.
But these guys have some positive attributes that define their generation as well. For instance, they are widely considered to be the most informed generation at the moment. And why wouldn’t they be? They have witnessed a lot of changes in society and politics in the years they have been around.
This could, in fact, explain why they are so easily offended. But how? For one thing, the time these shows were runaway hits, the society did not deal openly, if at all, with certain social issues as is the case today.
So, even though the shows might not have been offensive to the generations they were created for, their humor and storylines might seem incredibly out of line for a millennial who has very different perspectives on society.
That is why, even with its cult following, a show like “Seinfeld” has become the target of this criticism of late.
But it’s not like the criticism is coming out of thin air. Millennials just see some things differently. For instance, “The Soup Nazi” story, in reference to a strict chef who used militant enthusiasm to determine who to sell food to might seem like an innocent joke to the generations that grew up watching the show.
But to an average millennial, the idea is quite offensive as it makes fun of the state Jews had to deal with while held in Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War.
This is just one of many such jokes. In another scene in the show, a fat guy is called “Pig Man”, while another storyline tries to prove that men objectify women and that it’s a normal thing.
The criticism has not escaped the attention of Jerry Seinfeld. But as you might expect, he does not side with the millennials. He thinks society has changed too much and is now too politically correct.
He seems to believe that crossing ethical lines is what good comedy is all about. However, many millennials seem to disagree.
But could this generation be on to something? After all, there are many modern comedy shows out there that millennials don’t find offensive.
Maybe comedy does not have to offend certain segments of society in order to be funny.
Today, jokes that might be considered offensive are not as popular. It’s not therefore surprising that many shows, including Seinfeld, appear racist and sexist due to some of the jokes they made.
There is also an argument that there is a trend where pop culture from a decade or two ago gets a bad reputation for some reason or another.
But still, society is more aware of any statements that might offend particular groups. It is very clear that some of the jokes that could be aired back them would never get light of day in modern television.
Younger generations see things differently, whether society likes it or not. They just take offense at seeing certain sections of society become comedy targets to their detriment, and that is because they grew up in a world where information on how societies should interact was readily available.
However, even as millennials are pushing for greater restrictions on what ought to be said about minorities, they are expanding other boundaries as well. The truth is that most of “Seinfeld” is quite alright even to a millennial, only a few jokes that touch on homosexuality, gender, race, and other minority issues seem out of line.