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Humor is a problem?

April 26, 2009
By Captain-Tightpants GOLD, Lawrenceville, Georgia
Captain-Tightpants GOLD, Lawrenceville, Georgia
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"What do you get with a Russian and a bottle of vodka"

"An empty bottle"

People are afraid of laughing at jokes that could be considered racist, this is utterly pointless as humor no matter how offense is still humor. It is only by joking about something that we prove we accept it. A society where a white man can say 'nigger' in a joke and people not get all PC (politically correct for those under a rock) is a truly tolerant society. I however am an Anglo-Saxon male meaning I am the world's punching bag, everyone has some gripe against me yet I am the only one who will get in trouble for making a racially tinged joke.

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RaineyDay GOLD said...
on Oct. 11 2021 at 7:01 pm
RaineyDay GOLD, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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¨The space in between your comfort zone and your dreams is where life takes place.¨
-Helen Keller

Jokes have a lot to do with those making them- a straight white male using slurs is an insult no matter how you say it.

Sparaxis GOLD said...
on Aug. 7 2017 at 6:11 pm
Sparaxis GOLD, Saint Marys, Georgia
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"If you keep on picking on me, I'll mess up again. This time, on PURPOSE."

The best thing about living under a rock is how your ignorance protects you from everyone's pointless racism and politics and other kinds of garbage used to distract themselves from BIGGER problems.

on Jan. 29 2015 at 6:38 am
Mockingjay_54 GOLD, Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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um yeah if we ever live in a world where a white guy can say nigger and people think its a joke, that is a world that is not worth living in. you say offensive humor is still humor, well racist jokes are still racist. so i mean you can deny being racist all you want, but this is the evidence that you are.

Mantizah said...
on Dec. 7 2013 at 11:03 pm
Mantizah, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Other
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"And I can fight only for something I love, love only what I respect, and respect only what I at least know" -Adolf Hitler

Really? I'm Canadian, and I've never once been offended by a "racist" joke. In fact, I find jokes about Canadians hilarious. Finding someone who's offended by mild racist jokes like the one above would be a tough challenge indeed.

on Dec. 5 2012 at 4:04 pm
people making fun of people for being blond is no dfferent

on Oct. 13 2011 at 1:34 pm
RaquelAnonymous BRONZE, Mesa, Arizona
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"I'm slowly melting inside."

I think it goes like this: People make fun of other people as a joke and when the evironment or society accepts it, how are you going to stop racist jokes? When you have a crowd that thinks it's funny, and the other thinks it's offensive. People have their opinions, let them talk. What I do is ignore them. Because usually it is not worth my time getting angry about it.

LOL_LORD said...
on Aug. 31 2011 at 10:33 am
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I disagree, grammar is an important factor in taking someone seriously.

Skapank54 said...
on Aug. 30 2011 at 1:45 pm
Grammer dosent make a peerson serious.

LOL_LORD said...
on Aug. 30 2011 at 10:31 am
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I do.......................

on Jun. 25 2011 at 9:13 pm
swcricket98 GOLD, Williamson, Georgia
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I agree with this statement.

on Jun. 25 2011 at 9:12 pm
swcricket98 GOLD, Williamson, Georgia
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Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

Your efforts to make this a noteable topic are recognized, but there are many things that I disagree on in this article.

It is very difficult for me to take someone who is trying to make a point seriously while there are run-on sentences and grammatical errors.

To the point of your article. I agree with your  take on the easily offended people who can't, as people say, take a joke. However, racial jokes that are focused specifically on a certain group (such as the statement posted in the beginning)can be considered offensive and should not be said/written. I find it that more and more people are making up jokes that are directed towards a certain color of a person's skin. I would find it offensive if I was a Russian and so much generalized as to call me a drunk.

Thank you for understanding my point.

on Jun. 25 2011 at 9:06 pm
abnormal PLATINUM, Jonesboro, Georgia
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Truth is eternal. Knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them.

-Madeleine L'Engle

I feel you are right to a certain degree.  Humor is just humor and should be taken as so, but there is a thin line between a joke and being rude.

Badd Asz said...
on May. 12 2011 at 11:04 am
Ikr ppl shouldnt be jugded by the color of their skin but the the peron in the skin they walk in

on Mar. 29 2011 at 4:12 pm
PurpleFeather BRONZE, Canton, Connecticut
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"The pen is mightier than the sword." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

I understand where you're coming from, and it is a double-standard. But the reason why it is accepted is this: for centuries the Caucasians of this country have been holding tons of double standards and prejudices against blacks and anyone else who's not white. So I think everyone else lets us have that one double-standard of being able to make fun of white people (and not even in public).

Also, by the way, Caucasian (Caucasianism?) isn't a race. Neither is black. Nor Hispanic. There is only one race: the human race. What we call "race" is just one of the millions if irrationable concepts us humans have invented to further separate ourselves.

on Jan. 11 2011 at 5:15 pm
KatreenaMarie PLATINUM, Fresno, California
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raceshouldnt be a factor inany of this! the only true race is the human race, and tha is all it should come down to

bob 100 said...
on Dec. 9 2010 at 9:56 am
I don,t think its okay to make fun of black people

on Dec. 9 2010 at 1:16 am
jaani-androphile BRONZE, San Diego, California
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I know I am so with you.. I mean yeah my Mexican, Black, and Asian friends make jokes about other races, including white people.. and I am in this awkward situation where I cannot say anything.. So I just continue with jokes about white people because I am white... but if I said an Asian joke per say or a Mexican or a Black joke, I would definitely get cut off and called racist. But... isn't Caucasian a race too? Why do people have the right to make fun of us? Well I guess it is the USA history which makes us look very... very bad :( 

on Oct. 1 2010 at 12:05 pm
Imaginedangerous PLATINUM, Riverton, Utah
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You could use this excuse to get away with teasing/bullying someone. Yes, sometimes people can be overly sensitive, but it's possible to cross the line. 'Being funny' can't always be used as an excuse. If someone tells you that racist/sexist/religionist (is that even a word?) jokes bother them, then you should stop, instead of continuing in the name of 'humor'.

on Oct. 1 2010 at 11:52 am
Imaginedangerous PLATINUM, Riverton, Utah
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A white person.

on Sep. 26 2010 at 4:32 pm
Healing_Angel SILVER, Sydney, Other
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Live for today, not for tomorrow

Interesting point. I like this.