It’s situated on a scenic little hilltop, far enough away from anyone that it doesn’t get vandalized too often, but close enough for me to visit it every time I’m on my way to the gym. It sits in disarray, what few tributes still left after looting are a sad sight to behold. I gaze at the statue: the last remaining vestige of a man who gave his all to world, and I feel a spiritual melancholy take hold. I hang my head, wondering if I was somehow responsible for this, if I could have somehow prevented it. Whatever the case maybe, I knew my workouts would never be the same as I sauntered away from the swole sepulchre and let the words waft from my lips like the warm hush of a protein fart:
Idc what you say this is funny & not racist. He’s a comedian. He saw an opportunity and took it.
Just because it’s popular for comedians to use racial stereotypes in their jokes doesn’t make their jokes any less offensive or racist. -Allyssa
i think all comedians need to really sit down and think or have a conference on what exactly is so funny about oppression. like what is so funny about racism/islamophobia? what’s so funny about repeating the same shit your father and his father before him have fed you. like…does that make the joke classic? since it’s been done to death? skye-graye is too far gone but honestly, the rest of you…what is it?
Ugh. Amen amen. Just this past weekend I watched (or tried to watch) Aziz Ansari’s latest stand up special and had to turn it off when he launched into a long series of child molester jokes. It bothered me not only because of the subject matter but because in the past he’s done such an awesome job of using his material to talk about racism in really clever ways. I feel the same way about Conan’s tweet. It sucks when you see smart comedians fall into this trap.
It’s just another example of plain ole’ lazy “comedy”. Anyone can trot out a bunch of tired stereotypes and call themselves a comedian. Trust, I spent a few years doing it when I started out. The reason being, it’s a lot harder and takes way more talent and skill to make jokes that are funny without upholding oppression. The same way some comics struggle to be funny without excessive profanity and extremely vulgar jokes. In my opinion, it’s EASY to rely on crutches like sexism, racism, homophobia etc for a laugh. Sadly it seems the worse offenders often reap the biggest rewards. What’s worse is that so many comics don’t understand that jokes like these perpetuate harmful ideas that have real consequences. “It’s just a joke” isn’t an excuse.
I think you all need to calm the fuck down, get the fuck over it and stop bitching about crap like this on the internet. Just because he made a joke like that, doesn’t mean that he’s an islamophobe or a misogynist. You people take shit to an unprecedented level and I’m so fed up with crap like this. We’re entering a culture where everyone has to be afraid of saying anything to anyone because it might offend them. I’m going to have to probably be afraid to call someone by their fucking surname soon enough. Stop promoting tolerance and equity to the point where it conflicts with satire. I’m not promoting intolerance, I’m promoting the end of ridiculousness.