For car enthusiasts nationally, some of the most looked-forward-to weekend events consist of car meets and good times with friends. We know plenty of you Outsiders can get behind the statement too. However, famous individuals like Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld concur as well. However, two decades of their Sunday morning car meets, the comedians face backlash from local landlords and shop owners. Their weekly event grew immensely following the arrival of COVID-19, creating a feud between car enthusiasts and shop owners.
The trend initially began when Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, and their friends would meet for breakfast at California’s Malibu Kitchen. The iconic pair would show up riding in an exotic vehicle or sports car, hang out for a little while, pack it up, and head on home.
However, according to the Daily Mail, the low-key car meet between Leno, Seinfeld, and friends boomed when COVID-19 struck and fellow car enthusiasts were left with little else to do. Once the Sunday meets grew immensely following the arrival of the pandemic, complaints from landlords and police involvement kickstarted.
Shopping Mall Lacks Parking for Customers
Avital Stone, one of the Malibu shopping mall employees, claimed, “They have ruined our business. Before 10 o’clock, our customers can’t get into the parking lot, and after 10, they can’t find anywhere to park.”
Meanwhile, of the backlash, Seinfeld stated, “Spike Feresten and I invented driving to Malibu Kitchen in a cool car to get coffee 20 years ago. I’m not surprised the idea has taken over the entire city.”
One of the comedians’ companions, attorney Paul Zuckerman, added, “We’ve been doing this for 15 years. But suddenly we’re like the MS-13 of Malibu.” The MS-13 is an international criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles throughout the ’70s and ’80s.
Jay Leno Addressed Cultural Sensitivity in Contemporary Comedy
For now, it appears the feud over parking lot space at the Malibu Kitchen will ensue. The Daily Mail reported no statements regarding law enforcement’s insistence Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld’s car meets come to an end. However, should things change, we’ll be sure to keep Outsiders informed.
Meanwhile, Jay Leno previously dealt with other, more controversial topics regarding his comedy throughout his lengthy career. At the forefront of the comedian and former “The Tonight Show” host’s concerns were cultural sensitivity issues. He addressed comedy over the last several decades.
Prior to the push to address inequality issues of minority groups, these same individuals often served as the butt of prevalent American comedians’ jokes. Now, American culture works to become more sensitive and accepting. Further, Jay Leno issued an apology to the Asian American community following jokes directed at MANAA (Media Action Network for Asian Americans).
Issues of insensitivity remain prominent in contemporary media. As such, Jay Leno stated comedians as a whole must change with the times. Otherwise, their careers will most certainly come to an end.
“I think it’s like any other thing,” Leno stated. “[Y]ou either change, or die.”
He further addressed that as American culture has become more sensitive to minority issues, “everybody has a voice.” And with that, those same people are able to contribute in dictating the success of certain individuals.