Julia Louis-Dreyfus is speaking out after her former Seinfeld co-star Jerry Seinfeld said that “political correctness” ruined comedy.

In an interview with The New Yorker to plug his new Netflix film Unfrosted, Seinfeld said that sitcoms are going to become extinct because comedians are too concerned that they’ll offend viewers at home.

“Nothing really affects comedy. People always need it. They need it so badly and they don’t get it,” Seinfeld, 70, said. “It used to be you would go home at the end of the day, most people would go, ‘Oh, Cheers is on. Oh, M*A*S*H is on. Oh, (TheMary Tyler Moore (Show) is on. All in the Family is on.’ You just expected, ‘There’ll be some funny stuff we can watch on TV tonight.’

“Well, guess what — where is it? This is the result of the extreme left and P.C. crap and people worrying so much about offending other people.”

But Louis-Dreyfus, who played Elaine Benes on Seinfeld, said that having an “antenna about sensitivities is not a bad thing.”

“If you look back on comedy and drama both, let’s say 30 years ago, through the lens of today, you might find bits and pieces that don’t age well. And I think to have an antenna about sensitivities is not a bad thing,” Louis-Dreyfus, 63, said in an interview with the New York Times.

She added, though, that comedians still shouldn’t be afraid to try out edgy material. “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, I don’t know how else to say it.” 

Seinfeld stars L-R: Michael Richards, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry Seinfeld.Photo by NBC

In follow-up remarks, Louis-Dreyfus elaborated on her thoughts about political correctness in comedy.

“My feeling about all of it is that political correctness, insofar as it equates to tolerance, is obviously fantastic. And of course I reserve the right to boo anyone who says anything that offends me, while also respecting their right to free speech, right?” she said.

But Louis-Dreyfus said she was more concerned with media mergers stymying “the creative voice.”

“The bigger problem — and I think the true threat to art and the creation of art — is the consolidation of money and power. All this siloing of studios and outlets and streamers and distributors — I don’t think it’s good for the creative voice. So that’s what I want to say in terms of the threat to art,” she said.

In his chat with The New Yorker, Seinfeld said that audiences seeking a laugh are “now going to see standup comics because we are not policed by anyone.

“The audience polices us. We know when we’re off track. We know instantly and we adjust to it instantly. But when you write a script and it goes into four or five different hands, committees, groups — ’Here’s our thought about this joke.’ Well, that’s the end of your comedy,” he said.

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