Sunday, May 17, 2015

5/17/2015 02:14:00 PM

Another day, another outcry from some faction of the public being offended by a comedian...

Are we getting to a point where anything that is more than "G-Rated" not allowed to be spoken, written, or filmed?

I'm not saying there aren't things in this country, and throughout the world, that we shouldn't be offended about. There's a lot. Racism, sexism, bigotry, genocide, classist agendas... Let's get offended by the real perpetrators of these crimes and do something about it. Getting upset because a comedian makes a joke about the ridiculousness of these things doesn't do a damn thing, except point out how pathetic it is for someone to passive aggressively attack them on social media, rather than do anything to address the ACTUAL problem.

People are angry because Louis CK made some jokes in his SNL monologue about child molesters. At no point did he ever indicate that it was okay, or justified.  He makes jokes about how absurd it is that these people do it in the first place. Yet, people took to Twitter to complain about it.

I'm not going to post their stupidity here, but if you want to read some of the posts you can find it anywhere on the internet or at this CNN article.

Now, if Louis CK was in some way saying that child molestation was okay and condoning that behavior, then by all means, be offended. However, that's not the case.

At what point did we decide that we can dictate what people can or can't make jokes about? At what point does it stop? The Disney movie Frozen makes a joke about the princess marrying a man she just met. What if you are someone who is in an arranged marriage? I married a woman I had known for seven years, it didn't work out. Then I married a woman I had only known for a few months, and we're still together.

I could go on and on about the different types and subjects that comedians make jokes about. There's always someone or something that ends up being the butt of the joke. It doesn't end. We could find ways to be offended by the most benign jokes, if we choose to.

There's a distinct difference between jokes that allow us to laugh about a situation, and speech that perpetuates awful things. For some reason, people don't want to make that distinction. It's important, because it separates the idea that something terrible is okay, versus finding a way to laugh and open a dialogue about it.

There are a lot of things to be bothered and offended by in this world. I'm sorry, but jokes aren't one of them. If something happening in our world bothers you, then do something about it. Complaining to your 137 friends on Twitter isn't doing a damn thing except showing your ignorance to the real problem.

As a comedian, can you assholes just provide a list of everything that it isn't okay to write jokes about? That way I can take it, crumple it up, and throw it in the trash. I've got material to work out.


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