Now the show has started a huge debate…
t wasn’t too long ago that millennials were tweeting about how offensive some jokes were throughout the entire run of Friends. Now that that’s blown over, it seems that millennials have found issues with Seinfeld in somewhat of the same vein as they did with Friends.
The generation, which encompasses those aged between 22 and 37, have found issue with a few particular jokes from the classic show.
The Soup Nazi
This is one of the more famous jokes from Seinfeld’s entire run, and it does hit a bit on the nose. The entire scene is set up as a loose anecdote of the conditions that many Jews faced in concentration camps during World War II. Because of that, it’s relatively easy to find offense with the scene.The scene, which first aired in 1995, introduced a great chef who was nicknamed ‘The Soup Nazi.’ This is due to his demand for order in the queue, as well as his demands on his staff for extreme discipline when it comes to preparing food and serving customers. Also, a part of the joke was his adamant refusal to sell food to any customers who made a complaint.
The Puerto Rican Flag Joke
Puerto Rico Day has been celebrated by thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people outside of Puerto Rico, not to mention Puerto Ricans themselves. Because of that, Seinfeld dedicated an entire episode to the holiday. But, that’s not where the offense has come from.
In a short joke from the episode, Kramer accidentally sets the flag on fire before promptly trying to put out the flames by stomping on the flag. Naturally, this offended everyone who was gathered to celebrate the day and managed to end up offending millennials over two decades later.
The Pig Man Joke
This is one of the jokes that came across as offensive even during Seinfeld’s initial run. While visiting a friend in the hospital, Kramer stumbles across a mentally ill patient who also happens to be overweight. Due to his mental illness, the patient believes that he’s got the face of a pig and runs around yelling ‘Pig Man!’ Naturally it’s very easy to find the offense here, as not only does the show make fun of the patient’s weight, but also mental illness itself.
Getting The Cleavage Out
During one part of a particular episode, George ends up staring at a teenage girls cleavage which gets him into hot water with the girl’s father. While it’s played as a joke, many millennials found offense with the objectification of a seemingly underage girl. However, that’s not where the joke stops.
In an effort to show that it’s ‘natural’ for a man to stare at a woman’s (or girl’s) cleavage, George convinces a female friend to show off her cleavage in the presence of the girl’s father. The shows takes it slightly further than this by the father seemingly understanding what George means. This isn’t the only time that Seinfeld has seemingly objectified women in this way, with people highlighting some other episodes and jokes that are somewhat similar.