Jerry Seinfeld says he misses ‘dominant masculinity’ and ‘real men’ in today’s society. Fans immediately expressed their attitude

Tran Hanh
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June 03, 2024

Jerry Seinfeld is not one for shying away from voicing his opinions.

The comedian is known to sound off about various things in society, and now he’s picked modern masculinity as his target.

His comments came in an interview with Bari Weiss on her Honestly with Bari Weiss podcast.

Jerry Seinfeld has said he misses masculine men (Netflix)

Jerry Seinfeld has said he misses masculine men (Netflix)

The 70-year-old is in the middle of a promotional run for his new Netflix comedy, Unfrosted.

He has already apologised for the sexual undertones of the film, which is set in the 1960s.

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Reflecting on masculine men, Seinfeld said: “That’s a real man.

“I want to be like that someday. No, look at how I dress — like an eight-year-old. I always wanted to be a real man, but I never made it.

“I never really grew up. You don’t want to as a comedian. It’s a childish pursuit, but I miss dominant masculinity.”

When toxic masculinity was raised as a counterpoint, Seinfeld conceded: “Yeah, I get the toxic thing. Thank you, thank you. But still, I like a real man.”

At one point in the interview, the comedian turned his praise to Hugh Grant, one of his co-stars in Unfrosted.

Jerry Seinfeld complimented Hugh Grant as the type of man he wanted to be (Netflix)

Jerry Seinfeld complimented Hugh Grant as the type of man he wanted to be (Netflix)

“He felt like one of those guys I wanted to be. He knows how to dress. He knows how to talk,” Seinfeld explained.

“He’s charming. He has stories. He’s comfortable at dinner parties, knows how to get a drink. That stuff.”

This isn’t the first time that Seinfeld has sounded off on this most recent promotional tour.

Last month, he took shots at the show Friends, claiming it ‘stole’ characters from his show Seinfeld.

During a promotional video, Seinfeld is accused of copyright infringement due to referencing ‘221 trademarked’ breakfasts in the film.

When he was asked how it feels to steal characters, Seinfeld responded: “You mean like Friends?”

Jerry Seinfeld took a potshot at Friends last month (Warner Bros)

Jerry Seinfeld took a potshot at Friends last month (Warner Bros)

He’s certainly not the first to note the similarity between the two shows.

Seinfeld aired for a run of nine seasons on NBC between 1989 and 1998, being famously described as a ‘show about nothing’.

The sitcom followed the lives of a group of friends in their day-to-day lives, ending with them all in jail.

Aside from that whole jail thing, it sounds quite similar to Friends, which also followed a group of friends living in New York.

However, the show, which ran from 1994 to 2004, made more use of storylines.

And again, they didn’t end up in jail.

I feel like that’s a big distinction to make.

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