Two More Joke Police Arrests

Larry Wilmore had to apologize for a joke about black women being bossy.

A black woman by the name of Jazmine Hughes wrote an article about how white people shouldn’t get to tell jokes about white people. The only person she says is allowed to is…Louis CK! Because “he gets it right”.

I don’t know what we can call all of this, but I know we can’t call it bossy.


7 thoughts on “Two More Joke Police Arrests

  1. Have you read Amy Peohler’s book? I just finished a chapter about a letter Chris Cooper and his wife sent her about an SNL sketch and how they thought it was in poor taste (it turned out the sketch made a joke at the expense of real disabled twin girls, but Amy didn’t know that at the time) and she should be ashamed of herself. What are your thoughts on situations like that?

    • that is a tough one. let me preface by saying that the whole point is that i don’t want to be the judge of taste, and don’t think anyone else should either. but if it were me, i would’ve just made up a movie name. the fact that they used a real movie title, that is based on a real person, while holding up a disfigured doll, that’s not great. it’s kind of bizarre that they would use a real movie, as it adds nothing to the joke. no one knows what that movie is, in fact, it never even got made! so that’s just really bizarre and pointless.

      but change the movie title and i’d be fine with it, mostly because the joke of that sketch is that dakota fanning is way too mature for her age and is always playing insanely grown up roles. which is funny and works.

  2. I still don’t get this.

    If Brian Williams or Mel Gibson or Miley Cyrus or Barack Obama say something that people find offensive, comedians (as well as Random People on Twitter and at the New Republic) are allowed to tear into them, mock them, make them cry. Will there possibly be consequences for Brian and Mel and Miley and Barack? Yes.

    And if a comedian makes a joke that people find offensive, there will possibly be consequences for -them-. Why should comedians live in a no-consequence zone that they wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) ever apply to anyone else?

    • i don’t think we’re every going to agree on this one, jay. and i’m probably gonna stop posting about it since clearly i’m in the minority. but allow me one last gasp:

      first of all, i think we can agree that there might be a slight difference between the programming on comedy central and the state of the union address. i’m talking about jokes. not someone’s personal feelings, opinions, or statements on things. jokes. humor. comedy.

      if there are more and more consequences to telling jokes, there won’t be anymore jokes. because why risk it? or the ones that will remain will be only the safest, watered down, and least funny. so larry wilmore is basically saying that black women are off the table now. he’s not gonna do black women jokes. and next time, asian people are gonna be like, “hey, those asian jokes are offensive! why are black women untouchable and we’re not?!” so then asian jokes are off the table too. and so on. and then, no more funny.

      mel gibson suffers the consequences of saying racist things because it means he’s probably a racist. miley cyrus suffers from saying stupid things cause she’s stupid. and larry wilmore suffers consequences because he’s trying to be funny? he’s trying to do comedy for 30 minutes every single night! he doesn’t feel these things he’s telling jokes!

      of course there should be consequences for everyone, comedians included. but people attempting to be funny should be provided a little more leeway. after all, exaggeration, sarcasm, satire, boundary pushing, is kinda the whole point. and i think you’re underestimating the chilling effect this is having as those who are the most easily offended and most vocal continue to get their way.

    • hey jay, if you get a chance check out the comedy roast of terry bradshaw on espn. they’ve been rerunning it. that’s what comedy looks like in the world of politically correct consequences.

    • There are consequences for comedians. They risk losing their audience. In a business where that’s pretty much all you’ve got, that’s a huge consequence.

  3. Dude, I love you, but I think you’re totally off on both of these articles.

    #1 Larry Wilmore – He’s making a whole show that’s supposed to be the POV of people who don’t normally get to speak, and what does he do? Solidifies an old white person stereotype. He’s asking his panelists about black women being bossy? Is his next question about Mexicans being lazy? Or Jews hording money?

    #2 White people humor – That whole article is about how white people who make jokes about white people are generally throwing out the weakest punches possible. They can’t see their own privilege. She praises Louis CK because he gets it. He’s open and honest about how great it is to be white and how, given the option, he’d be white every time. How many white people making “white people” jokes would be that honest?

    Granted I feel like a good 80% of the whole “policing in comedy” is about comedians going crazy any time some random person says what they can and can’t talk about. My favorite response was Bill Burr on Bill Maher. Maher wanted to goad him into ripping on the humor police, but Burr didn’t give a shit. They don’t go to his shows. They don’t buy his tickets. So why should he even bother acknowledging them.

    The more we rail against them, the more articles they will write. Maybe our time would be better spent writing more jokes than trying to debate every jerkoff who was offended by a random joke.

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