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December 5, 2014

College students are too delicate for edgy comedy

by Grace

Chris Rock says colleges are too conservative.  But not in their political views.

20141204.COCChrisRock2From a recent interview:

What do you make of the attempt to bar Bill Maher from speaking at Berkeley for his riff on Muslims?3

Well, I love Bill, but I stopped playing colleges, and the reason is because they’re way too conservative.

In their political views?

Not in their political views — not like they’re voting Republican — but in their social views and their willingness not to offend anybody. 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.

When did you start to notice this?

About eight years ago. Probably a couple of tours ago. It was just like, This is not as much fun as it used to be. I remember talking to George Carlin before he died and him saying the exact same thing.

Maybe it’s a good thing that we don’t allow college students to be offended, but I don’t think so.

Earlier this year, a new piece of art installed at Wellesley College triggered a petition by students to remove it because the sculpture was “a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for some members of our campus community”.

ADDED:  Here’s the sculpture.  Scary or silly?



Frank Rich, “In Conversation Chris Rock”, Vulture, November 30, 2014..

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