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Jerry Seinfeld says he misses ‘dominant masculinity’ in culture

Jerry Seinfeld said he misses “hegemonic masculinity” in the culture.

Recent interview Speaking with independent journalist Bari Weiss, the legendary comedian spoke about the early 1960s, the setting of his film “Unfrosted” and the time he grew up in, saying that Seinfeld found that “agreed-on hierarchies” have “completely disappeared” in the modern era.

“I miss hegemonic masculinity. I understand the word ‘toxic’. Thank you, thank you. But I still like real men.”

“I think people honk their horns and drive like crazy because they have no sense of hierarchy,” Seinfeld pointed out, adding, “People don’t feel very comfortable driving like that. So, if you’re talking about nostalgia, I think that’s part of what makes those moments so fascinating when you look back on them.”

He added, “As a man, can I say this? I always wanted to be a real man, but I never was. But in that era, you had JFK, you had Muhammad Ali, you had Sean Connery, you had Howard Cosell, you had everyone.that’“He’s a real man. I want to be that man someday.”

Seinfeld added, “I miss hegemonic masculinity. I understand the word ‘toxic’. Thank you, thank you. But I still love real men.”

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Elsewhere in the interview, Seinfeld spoke about the anti-Israel sentiment that fueled protests on college campuses this spring and how protesters have targeted him. Earlier this month, several Duke University graduates walked out of Seinfeld’s commencement speech.

“It’s so ridiculous, it’s so ridiculous,” he said. “In fact, when protesters show up every now and then, I like to say to my audience, ‘It’s great that young people are trying to get involved in politics. We’ve got to get their aim right. a bit a bit.”

When Weiss said she had seen a video in which protesters called Seinfeld a “Nazi scum” and were shocked when Seinfeld smiled and waved back, Seinfeld responded, “That’s so ridiculous. I think they’re trying to express genuine outrage, but it’s a little bit off the mark. So to me, it’s comedy.”

At one point, when Weiss asked Seinfeld about his visit to Israel after the deadly Oct. 7 Hamas attack, the comedian called the trip “the most powerful experience of my life” and fought back rare tears.

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