Jerry’s anti-reality TV rant is boring. He needs to come to terms with being in the same category as the Kardashians - worldwide television superstars.
Seinfeld is back in the news lately and one of the stories is about his predictable and boring put-down of the Kardashians.
Here’s the quote from a recent interview with Mr. Porter:
“I never lose it around [my children]. The one time I really, really got upset was when my daughter was watching the Kardashians on her phone in her bed and I could not take that scene."
"For someone who for their whole life, television was the Olympics of being a comedian. It was only for the very best. You had to have everything. You had to go through all the different hierarchies of your career to get to television. I’m offended by reality television on many levels and that show of course is the premier example of reality television."
"These people are not doing anything interesting. I lost my temper with that one.”
This bull bothers me because everyone loves to put down the Kardashians and the critique is so flawed. Let’s take it apart.
If your daughter watching the Kardashians is the only thing that has ever made you really “lose it,” then you have your priorities wrong. Keeping Up With the Kardashians is entertainment. It’s not that deep. I’m sure that at some point your daughter has done something that you should justifiably have been angry about, as most people have. This wasn’t it.
Seinfeld talks about being “offended” by "all" reality television on “many levels,” seemingly because he feels he worked very hard to get on television and do well there, and that reality stars and producers don’t work hard or have skills.
I’m sure he did work hard. But he’s not Ghandi. He created entertainment, and so do the Kardashians. They come at it from different angles, but I don’t believe that either one is more valid than the other.
Interviewer: "You’ve said: 'A man is judged by his wife, his car and his shoes.' What do yours say about you?
Jerry: “Nothing but the best!”
He wishes he was Kim.
“These people are not doing anything interesting.” Jerry continues whining.
Interesting is subjective. It looks like millions of viewers worldwide manage to find some value in the show.
The Kardashians and other reality shows were innovative. They broke ground when they came out, and their popularity shook traditional forms of scripted television. Capitalism rewards innovation, that's why they've done so well. Jerry had an acclaimed sitcom – he didn’t pioneer a new genre. Maybe he should look to innovate instead of whining?
He says he’s offended by reality TV. His entitlement is on another level. These Facebook commentators have it exactly:
People are so bothered by the Kardashians. Their success does not tarnish yours. Just do you.