On Friday, iconic comedian Bill Murray took on identity politics and political correctness that are consuming comedy. Appearing on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Murray lamented politicians, particularly Democrats, perpetually separating the American people into groups based on identity instead of speaking to the whole, which he says is being reflected in comedy.
“It’s ‘Clash of Clans’ everyday, first thing in the morning,” said Murray of the divisive nature of politics.
In comedy, continued the 67-year-old, writers and performers are largely speaking to only one side of the aisle, and any deviation from the Left gets you branded as “right-wing” (which we all know is considered blasphemy in Hollywood).
“My friend who’s a great comedy writer, Jim Downey, he’s accused of being a right-wing comedy writer, if there is such a thing,” said Murray. “‘No, no,’ he says, ‘I just think the way Democrats handle things is poor. They pick out little pieces of a population and say they represent it — we represent the Hispanics, we represent the LGBT, or something.’ They’re not speaking to everyone at once. It’s almost demeaning to say I’m choosing you, because you’re a splinter group, there’s almost a resentment, to say you’re my people. We’re being separated again by a politician.”
Instead of politicians thinking, “you’re my people; I’m in control of you; I represent you,” said Murray, “each citizen has a right to be respected as a citizen first under the laws of the country.”
Murray recently played former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Saturday Night Live.