Monday, March 01, 2010

Satan Unmasked

Jerry Seinfeld was always abhorrent. It is simply that it took most people a couple of decades to notice:
The one star who appeared to be immune from the curse was Jerry Seinfeld who enjoyed relative success in stand-up comedy despite ill-conceived endeavors such as Bee Movie. But now with his new near-universally loathed show The Marriage Ref his legacy seems more threatened than ever.
'Seinfeld' was not a brilliant sitcom.  It was evil and vile.  It was wilfully and self-righteously shallow, trivial and vain.  It was not funny.  It was vicious in its banality.

I may have watched an episode of 'Seinfeld' in its entirety once or twice, but I never managed to do so without feeling that I had been spiritually spat upon.  Most of the time I did not last for more than two or three minutes.  Even now I feel my stomach seize up if someone tunes to a rerun in my vicinity.

The fact that Jerry Seinfeld's new show is being universally panned merely demonstrates that our collective consciousness is catching up with reality.  Smarmy, facile spite is not only destructive of the fabric of society, it is not even good for a chuckle.  


Steven LaRose said...

Hear here.

I thought there was something wrong with me because I didn't get it, Seinfeld that is.

Chris Rywalt said...

I still find Seinfeld very funny sometimes. Not every episode is great, but when the show's working, it works. There are some totally classic bits. Each episode was constructed like clockwork, all of the pieces fitting together, all driven by the (often narcissistic) main characters. There are times when the show is spiteful and mean, but other times when it's perfectly New York.

My friends and I still quote it. I think I may actually be George Costanza in many ways. Most recently in my hair loss.

Anonymous said...

I love Seinfeld. It was one of the only truly funny sit coms ever to be made.

The Aardvark said...

Ohhhh, THANK YOU! Always knew we shared a brain cell. (Waits until PL's shuddering subsides.)

Abhorrent in the extreme. Mean. Costanza made me want to throw a brick at the TV. I have learned since to avoid leaving bricks lying about the living room.

The sadness is, I can do a dead-on Seinfeld impersonation. Or maybe I can just whine really well. I DO blog, after all.

I hope that you and yours are very well.

Nancy said...

I never "got" the funny in the show either. I never laughed. I groaned, often, but never laughed.