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[–] Arotaes_Forgehammer 3 points 166 points (+169|-3) ago 

ISIS. Any time you try and joke about them, the punchline blows up in your face.

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[–] Link1299 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

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[–] IWasNumber1 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

And Yukari wonders why she's still single.

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[–] hafbreakfast 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I see you.

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[–] escape 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

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[–] iusedtobeonreddit 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

promote that man

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[–] CarbonBasedMorganism 1 points 134 points (+135|-1) ago 

I think everything, especially the horrible shit NEEDS to be joked about. Humour helps to stop something being quite so terrible, and degrades the fear around it.

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[–] Link1299 0 points 48 points (+48|-0) ago  (edited ago)

humor allows for an opening of discussion on a senstive topic. It allows access to something that is horrible through the lens of its absurdity. It is what allows you to accept that the tragedy exists, and how we can have a conversation on it to start with by recognizing it.

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[–] alteisen_riese 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago 

To add to this, laughter "softens the blow" so to speak. People are more likely to pay attention to the message if it is not blasted in their face or seen as a direct attack on what they believe.

I think that's why political cartoons have been around for so long: they present serious topics in an exaggerated fashion with a bit of humor and are very effective at getting their points across. It's even reflected in the style that political cartoons take. The figures and facial features are very exaggerated to match the absurdity that the cartoon is trying to convey. They are so effective that I'll even chuckle a bit at cartoons that I don't agree with.

There is not a single topic on this earth that should be off-limits for comedy.

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[–] CarbonBasedMorganism 4 points 3 points (+7|-4) ago 

Well said, good sir!

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[–] Oveneise 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

Better to laugh at life than fear it, I suppose.

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[–] CarbonBasedMorganism 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Indeed! Enjoy it as much as you can!

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[–] JDogg1329 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Comedy can take you to a dark place, and make you laugh about it.

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[–] ReformedRedditor 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Reminds me of that song 'sad' from what. by Bo Burnham. "The Holocaust and 911, that shits funny 24/7 'cause tragedy will be exclusively joked about, because my empathy is bumming me out".

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[–] tolstoshev 1 points 91 points (+92|-1) ago 

Nothing.

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[–] lodro 0 points 45 points (+45|-0) ago 

I agree; nothing is too serious to be joked about. But some situations don't call for humor.

e.g. I would not joke about how my fat gym teacher died of a heart attack during his funeral service. But I wouldn't hesitate to joke about it in another setting.

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[–] tolstoshev 0 points 25 points (+25|-0) ago 

Agreed - you have to take context and audience into account.

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[–] underwookie 0 points 23 points (+23|-0) ago 

I read this to mean that your gym teacher died at his own funeral, and was amazed by his good fortune and planning prowess.

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[–] JH1010 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I quite like the thought of people joking about me at my funeral service. I would hate it if my relatives/friends were upset for too long over my death.

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[–] FnordX 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

  1. Does this need to be said?

  2. Does this need to be said by me?

  3. Does this need to be said my me right now?

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[–] HP48GX 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

My father said that one should not joke about a person's religious beliefs, in the context of the hebdo shooting.

That moment our relationship took a serious downturn.

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[–] Literally_Ron_Paul 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I agree, sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying.

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[–] el_em_en_oh 0 points 27 points (+27|-0) ago 

Here-fuckin-here.

I'm so sick of everything having to be "PC", and people getting offended when something is said, that just because they don't agree with it, it's got to be censored, or banned, or take down, or revised, or modified in some way.

Here's a thought... if you don't like it, don't look at it or listen to it. No one's forcing you.

I have to put up with your whinyass, so the least you can do is put up with my flag/racist-jokes/conflicting-opinion/etc.

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[–] daviator 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Where?

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[–] theknownuncomic 1 points 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

x2

A key point however is when a comedian makes jokes on any of these topics, they must be funny. If/when they bomb its twice as bad.

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[–] LordHumongus 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Thick skin and spines were made illegal in the '60s.

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[–] GropeForLuna 0 points 29 points (+29|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Any topic can be offensive depending on a person's circumstance, so everything is okay or nothing is IMO.

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[–] skeletorcares 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

I find your telling of facts offensive.

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[–] El_oso_mugroso14 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Oh mah god I can't believe you said that. D:

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[–] newoldwave 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Your being offended offends me

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[–] scorinth 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

"All jokes are in-jokes."

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[–] JubJub 0 points 27 points (+27|-0) ago 

Well Kennedy did finally get it through his head that he wasn't welcome in Dallas.

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[–] BRITTEACH [S] 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

Interesting. So it's possible that fewer people might be offended by a joke about Pearl Harbor, than, say, one about 9/11?

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[–] SkunKaPe 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

It's never too soon, if you've got the balls. See: The Onion's 9/11 Story.

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[–] ssldvr 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Unless it's Jesus or Mohammad.

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[–] MinorLeakage 2 points 14 points (+16|-2) ago 

Nothing is ever too serious to be joked about. Period. The more people you offend, the better the joke was.

I was suspended from grade-school for 3 days after Princess Diana died for telling this joke: How did they know Diana didn't have any dandruff? They found her Head and Shoulders under the car!

C'mon. That's a good joke. And fun for the whole family.

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[–] o_V_o 2 points 3 points (+5|-2) ago  (edited ago)

That doesn't make any sense... if she was using Head & Shoulders that means SHE HAD DANDRUFF. Also, she wasn't decapitated.. she didn't even die until hours after the crash. (I'm willing to bet you're lying about this anyway.)

The more people you offend, the better the joke was.

Again, doesn't make sense. As I just demonstrated, maybe people are offended by the fact that your joke sucked.

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[–] MinorLeakage 3 points 2 points (+5|-3) ago 

So long as people are offended, my work here is done. You seem a little butt-hurt yourself. Perhaps another joke would cheer you up?

What's the first thing a woman should do when she gets home from the domestic violence shelter? The dishes, if she knows what's good for her.

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[–] Forbin 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Lots of people in this thread are saying that NOTHING is too serious to joke about (I agree), but our popular culture these days definitely says otherwise. Shit, I remember back in the 70s & 80s when pedophilia, rape, race, etc. were constantly employed in mainstream humor...these days not so much. Hell, even in my personal life I'm afraid to make jokes because it seems everybody is so fucking sensitive. It's no surprise that comedians like Chris Rock, Louis CK, and Jerry Seinfeld avoid college campuses. We've entered into a new Victorian Age that is populated solely by pussies.

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[–] im_philbo 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Si ti possible that by burying the rape/peadophilia jokes, no one talks about it, and therefore it becomes taboo. So taboo that even victims will not speak out about it?

If a topic is in the main stream, even as a topic of humour, it becomes easier to talk about, as long as the humour is contextual.

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[–] BRITTEACH [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Jerry Seinfeld seems tame to me. He would appear to fit in well with a college audience though it's possible they might just see him as an old comedian and maybe not hip enough. I can't think of instance where he has ever been offensive.

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[–] Forbin 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I think that's the problem. He doesn't even work blue, and even he's concerned about going to colleges. He's caught a lot of online grief over the last 10 years from activists for not having more people of color on his show. They even did a bit about it on the SNL 40th Anniversary special recently.

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[–] just-my-2c 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

If you still say hip you probably need a new one...

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