When it is Mardi Gras but Corona is in the news.
Your mother can’t take a joke.
They both disappear after a hot shower.
I only ever make offensive jokes about me. No one gets offended because I’m making jokes about myself. I get to laugh. Everyone else gets to laugh. If you make offensive jokes about other people, you’re just too weak to handle an offensive joke about yourself.
Friend *who has dark humor*: I swear on my life
Me: You’ve been trying to end that for months that doesn’t count
Friend: And I almost succeeded twice
Ugh I hate those youtube “comedy” videos that are like, in 20 years if ure a staight white male that will be illegal and everything will be considered offensive and if you try to tell a joke you’ll go to jail
This is a bit of an epiphany I had while on the John.
So, there’s kind of this thing going on with comedians complaining about how comedy has become too PC, and how they cannot make any jokes anymore without fear of offending some nebulous marginalized minority group.
Well, let me tell you about a youtuber named DWK. Now, DWK mainly runs a series called Totally Legit Recap wherein he summarizes episodes of the tv show Mlp:Fim in a satirical lampoon fashion.
He also makes many, many autistic jokes.
And, speaking as an actual autist, I find a lot of these jokes to be really funny.
Now, why is that? Why, in our supposedly far too PC culture am I laughing at jokes that are, by design, making fun of me and others like me?
Certainly I’ve heard other people making jokes at autistic people’s expenses, and I’ve gotten properly insulted at those.
So what makes DWK different?
Well, first and foremost, DWK actually knows what autism is and how it affects people.
You’ll notice that, whenever DWK makes a joke about autism, the joke is framed as such that’s explaining something an autistic person is going through.
Thus, the joke becomes less ‘Wow, autistic people. Amiright, lads!’ And more ‘Wow, autistic people’s lives must suck because of all the bullcrap they have to go through.’
It comes off as less offensive because there’s an attempt at empathy. An attempt at seeing the joke through the eyes of an autistic person.
So, instead of reacting with offense to someone belittling my existence for the sake of a cheap gag, I can instead laugh, shake my head and say ‘Yeah, it really do be like that sometimes.’
And, yeah, end of the day it’s still making neuro-divergence itself the butt-end of the joke. But it’s still not offensive because all it’s doing is acknowledging that neuro-divergence exists and how that affects people going through it in a funny, clever satire.
That’s what comedy is, by the end of the day. It’s holding up a mirror to humanity and poking fun at all the little pockmarks and blemishes we try to hide. It’s a satire of reality.
So ‘bad’ offensive comedy doesn’t work becuase it dehumanizes whatever the joke is making fun of, rather than try to empathize why something is the way it is. And dehumanization and comedy does NOT mesh because dehumanization of people is, by definition, the opposite of reality, so there’s nothing to satire.
To give another example, there’s a little joke that Tumblr likes to call ‘The only funny Gay joke’:
I’m against gay marriage because it would be a horrific experience for the children.
Either you have an endless stream of dad-jokes or your caught in an infinite loop of ‘Go ask your mother’.
See, that’s funny because it pokes fun at gay people WITHOUT dehumanizing them. If anything, it reinforces their humanity by tying the humor into a more universal experience that anyone, gay or straight or that technicolor rainbow in between, can empathize with.
So, to summarize, the best way you can make an ‘offensive’ joke is to tell it from the perspective of the minority group you are ‘offending’. Draw on THEIR experiences to create a satire of reality and not a farce of stereotypes loosely held together by ducktape.
(Disclaimer: Even then, that can be tricky if you’re not actually part of the marginalized minority group in question since, if you don’t have a frame of reference for the perspective of that minority group, you can come off as just pulling stuff right out of your ass. So, as always, ere on the side of caution.)
How 2: Twink - 69 SUBSCRIBER SPECIAL (Gross and Probably Offensive)
*friend #1 was scrolling through tik tok and suddenly looked up*
Friend #1: okay, that wasn’t okay.
Friend #1: they were showing clips from different things in the decade and they ended with a clip of Cameron Boyce on the red carpet.
*Friend 1 makes a grumpy face*
Friend #2: So?
*My head turns to her and looks at her like she’s crazy*
Me: HE DIED.
*Friend #2 instantly realizes and gets sad*
Friend #2: OHHHHH NOOOO………I thought it was Cameron Dallas that you said.. :(
If this floor wasn’t so dirty, I’d lay down and die
Me laughing at my own self deprecating joke.