Jerry Seinfeld Defends NYC Reputation
Back in August comedian Jerry Seinfeld did an op-ed piece for the NY Times titled: So you think New York is 'Dead' (It's not.) Jerry wrote the article in response to a man he referred to as "some putz on LinkdIn." The "putz" in question is James Altucher who wrote his own article on LinkIn called "NYC IS DEAD FOREVER. HERE'S WHY."
Here is some of what Jerry had to say in the Aug 24 2020 opinion piece:
The last thing we need in the thick of so many challenges is some putz on LinkedIn wailing and whimpering, Everyone’s gone! I want 2019 back!
Oh, shut up. Imagine being in a real war with this guy by your side.
Listening to him go, I used to play chess all day. I could meet people. I could start any type of business. Wipe your tears, wipe your butt and pull it together.
He says he knows people who have left New York for Maine, Vermont, Tennessee, Indiana. I have been to all of these places many, many, many times over many decades. And with all due respect and affection, Are .. You .. Kidding .. Me?!
He says Everyone’s gone for good. How the hell do you know that? You moved to Miami. Yes, I also have a place out on Long Island. But I will never abandon New York City. Ever.
He later continued:
Real, live, inspiring human energy exists when we coagulate together in crazy places like New York City. Feeling sorry for yourself because you can’t go to the theater for a while is not the essential element of character that made New York the brilliant diamond of activity it will one day be again.
You found a place in Florida? Fine. We know the sharp focus and restless, resilient creative spirit that Florida is all about. You think Rome is going away too? London? Tokyo? The East Village?
They’re not. They change. They mutate. They re-form. Because greatness is rare. And the true greatness that is New York City is beyond rare.
Jerry's defense of the city came up in his most recent 60 Minutes interview and the legendary stand up doubled down saying:
I didn't like that no one was rebutting it and I realized, oh I guess that's my job. Somebody, a real New Yorker has to answer this
Later Seinfeld said:
That's who that guy is for the rest of his life, oh look who it is, the putz from LinkdIn.
The segment ends with this amazing Jerry quote:
I just don't want New York-ism to die, I don't want it to be replaced by deep concern and over sentimentality. You can have those things but be a little bad ass too.
This right here is just another prime example of why Jerry Seinfeld is the best to ever do it. "It" being stand up, attitude, and a counter voice to the politically-correct, shame and disgust society we live in.