reply to post by phyllida
I think the problem with humor now a days is that people want to impose what THEY think as funny on the world and that creates a conflict.
I see for example, NO REASON why south park had to censor out Mohamed in their anniversary episode. They should just NOT watch.
I see NO REASON though, why some one should have to put up with racist jokes in a situation they can not simply push a button to end.
Racist jokes used to be fine, even socially accepted. They were in Movies, TV shows, everywhere.
Now that has ended, and it is great. Minorities MAY have smiled before as you made them feel uncomfortable, but inside they were on the defensive. It
WASNT funny for them. If you dont say something so EVERYONE can laugh, then you are laughing AT SOMEONE.
Like everything though, just tune out, turn away, and leave a comical situation you dont agree with.
If I am in a room where "Mexican" jokes are flying, I will leave. WHY? Because my wife is Mexican, and my daughter is half Mexican. I WILL NOT smile
and go through emotional gymnastics while people I love are being ridiculed. I will probably not hold resentment against the joke tellers if I see
that humor was the intended result, I may break your nose if I see you are an angry little POS. Depends. BUT I will not stay in a situation where I
was made to feel uncomfortable. My consideration ends right there.....about where the joke tellers consideration for me ended.
You commented on the other thread about British humor. You said I chose to get offended. That is like saying people CHOOSE to be gay. No, I WAS
offended. If you cant have consideration for ME, WHY should I understand your intentions? It is not that I am being anal. It is that I am not a phony
that will smile while you spit on me. Sorry. I wouldnt do that to others.
And that is really the crux of it. Some people you joke around with a certain way and others you dont.
I have had black friends that we ONLY joked around with racial jokes. We werent offended and we had a blast.
I have had gay friends that would be offended if you mentioned ANYTHING gay. They and I shared other types of humor.
I have had friends that were VERY serious and we didnt joke around ABOUT them.
You cant IMPOSE YOUR humor on others. If you really want to SHARE something you include them. If you dont care and just want to ENTERTAIN YOURSELF,
then you joke about them regardless of their enjoying it or not.
So with that said, you cant seriously ask that people humor YOU so you can get a chuckle while they are sitting under the shower of insults they dont
find particularly funny.
share a laugh or auto pleasure yourself. Its that simple.
edit on 10-3-2013 by tadaman because: (no reason given)