Julia Louis-Dreyfus Says It's a 'Red Flag' When Comedians 'Push Back' on Political Correctness

"My feeling about all of it is that political correctness, insofar as it equates to tolerance, is obviously fantastic," the comedian said

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Unlike some of her comedian counterparts, Julia Louis-Dreyfus doesn’t think political correctness is a threat to her art.

In a recent interview with The New York Times, the actress, 63, said that while political satire is part of comedy, it is important to see how times have changed in the past few decades. She noted it is important to pay attention to “sensitivities,” adding that comedy does not rely on political commentary to be funny.

"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,” she explained. “I believe being aware of certain sensitivities is not a bad thing. I don't know how else to say it."

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Her costar Jerry Seinfeld recently said the opposite in an interview with The New Yorker in April, claiming that people’s sensitivity is hurting the lightheartedness that comedy used to bring.

"Nothing really affects comedy. People always need it. They need it so badly and they don’t get it," Seinfeld said, explaining that "most people" would go home at the end of the day to watch comedy on television. "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."

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The Veep alum said in her opinion, “the consolidation of money and power” is more of a “true threat to art” than political correctness. 

"My feeling about all of it is that political correctness, insofar as it equates to tolerance, is obviously fantastic," she said.

<p>Dave Allocca/Starpix/Shutterstock</p> Jerry Seinfeld (left) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (right)

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Jerry Seinfeld (left) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (right)

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After pondering whether jokes Louis-Dreyfus thought were funny decades ago would maybe offend her today, the comedian said she doesn’t know — but she does “reserve the right to boo anyone who says anything that offends me, while also respecting their right to free speech."

"I just know that the lens through which we create art today — and I'm not going to just specify it to comedy, it's also drama — it's a different lens,” she admitted. “It really is. Even classically wonderful, indisputably great films from the past are riddled with attitudes that today would not be acceptable. So I think it's just good to be vigilant."

She added: “I mean, things have shifted. And in that case, I would say, things have shifted very much for the good.

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When Seinfeld was asked about his thoughts on the future of comedy in April, he also didn't have answer.

"How do we do this now?" Seinfeld said. "Do we take the heat, or just not be funny? And what they’ve decided to be is, 'Well, we’re not going to do comedies anymore.' There were no sitcoms picked up on the fall season of all four networks. Not one. No new sitcoms."

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