Jerry Seinfeld does not like YouTube. He called it nothing more than a “Giant Garbage Can.”
With YouTube it seems like everyone really does have a chance to be famous for 15 minutes. Everyone in the world, it seems, has posted at least one video on line of themselves or someone that they know doing something silly. Either that or a video of their pet doing something silly.
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While some may see this as a sign of narcissism on the part of people who post such videos, the truth is one cane actually make money off of it. YouTube pays a percentage of the money that it brings in from advertising to the people who post videos on its site and if your video goes viral then you can make a million.
And that’s not all. Services such as YouTube can help amateur entertainers find an audience and may give them a better chance to be discovered than by going to cattle call auditions.
But this does not sit well with Jerry Seinfeld.
At a media event for Crackle which airs Seinfeld’s show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” he was asked what he thought about user-generated content on-line. The question was asked because web surfers have so much choice of what to watch other than shows like Seinfeld’s.
So the comedian answered, “The less the better. I don’t want to see this crap. We have a giant garbage can called YouTube for user-generated content. We’re trying to generate a little higher level. I think show business is for talent, that’s who should be in it. But let’s keep it in its hierarchy. And I like being at the top of the pyramid.”
Why so harsh? Perhaps he does not like the competition or perhaps he resents the fact that new comics today do not need to pay their dues in the night clubs like he had to when first starting out as a comic.