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"You can only joke about it if you are funny" Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Posted 1/5/15
First and foremost, let me apologize for one of my earlier threads. I realize that in hindsight, I probably should've used a generic atomic bomb rather than refer to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I can't sleep.

Back on topic, I wonder, "Is it okay to joke about such events"? Then I realize that how humorous it is perceived has a large effect on how offensive people take it. At least that's how I see it.


What is your opinion on this statement? Do you agree or disagree?
Posted 1/5/15
If people with epilepsy wear helmets, why don't more of them run in marathons?
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Posted 1/5/15

dredulus wrote:

If people with epilepsy wear helmets, why don't more of them run in marathons?


Because at night it's colder than outside.


There are things you can not joke about without offending anyone, no matter how funny (you think) you are.
If you joke about them without being funny that just makes it worse.

Your audience also plays a huge part in this, you may be able to get laughs out of everyone with a joke, then offend a different audience with that same joke.
Our perception of a matter depends on our personal involvement in it.
Add to this the ability to take everything the wrong way and it becomes hard not to offend anyone.
The greater the impact of your topic, the greater the potential to offend someone by joking about it.

In short: know your audience.
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Posted 1/5/15
Well if you can laugh about it you can talk about it even when its an uncomfortable conversation. If your planning on making a joke about something that has the potential to offend people then you better make sure its funny. If you can pull it off then that's great if you f**k up no where the exits are.
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I can do anything I want.
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Somebody's mad.
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Posted 1/5/15
You can joke about whatever you want. Some people will always get butthurt anyway so it doesn't matter.
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Posted 1/5/15

dredulus wrote:



Somebody's mad.


I'm not mad, sorry if it seemed that way.
I simply answered your question - which seemed to combine two things that have little to do with eachother - with an answer constructed in the same way. Then went on to answer the OP's question.

This is a good example of the success of jokes depending on the audience, in this case I managed to get the exact opposite of the reaction I was aiming at.
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If people with cancer can't grow hair, why do they always wear beanie caps?
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It's comparable to allergies.

If you held a birthday party and you knew that your friend Bob was allergic to peanuts, you wouldn't choose a peanut butter cake for the birthday cake because Bob would feel left out.

Sure, people shouldn't be allergic to peanuts, but some people inevitably are and they can't do much about it. Similarly, people shouldn't be offended by certain jokes, but they simply are and therefore it's necessary for the joker to be aware of context and surroundings when making particular statements. It's not that the jokes are objectively wrong, but rather a matter of having foresight and contextual decency.
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Posted 1/5/15
You can only joke about it if you're funny would be a good rule to live by if it weren't for the Dunning-Kruger effect.

There are too many people who like telling jokes and don't know that neither they nor their jokes are funny. If someone tells a story about you making a joke and people laugh, you should probably stop telling jokes.
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Posted 1/5/15
As a previous poster said, I can do whatever I want. I don't make very racist jokes or anything usually. If people are of the sort who can't stand that I love sexy anime grillz with nice tits and ass (and showing it XD) for example, then they're not the type of people I want to interact with anyway. They don't have to like it, but they damn well bettter accept that it exists and I do like it. Otherwise they can be friendless and bored on their moral high ground hill - not my problem
Posted 1/5/15
there are some things you can't really joke about to the general public [forum]... and I think that is one example... people get ultra-sensitive when it comes to joking about dead people.



having said that, I joke about suicide all the time. But I only do it with someone who [I think/know] won't get offended by it... [riesel].
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Posted 1/5/15

forkberry wrote:

It's comparable to allergies.

If you held a birthday party and you knew that your friend Bob was allergic to peanuts, you wouldn't choose a peanut butter cake for the birthday cake because Bob would feel left out.

Sure, people shouldn't be allergic to peanuts, but some people inevitably are and they can't do much about it. Similarly, people shouldn't be offended by certain jokes, but they simply are and therefore it's necessary for the joker to be aware of context and surroundings when making particular statements. It's not that the jokes are objectively wrong, but rather a matter of having foresight and contextual decency.


A good rule to live by.

I think it's offensive to joke or make statements about some things, and I think that it's good to curb some of the more offensive jokes, as what people say affects what people think and do, and as these things reach a critical mass, it changes the very fabric of society.

HOWEVER, I don't like telling people what to do or dictate what jokes/opinions are allowed or not. It ends in situations that are incredibly restrictive and a very controlled environment... Like the aforementioned allergy to peanuts, and their outright ban in schools. (we've gone soooooooooooooooooooo many years without a freak out incident, but it's due to the demands of parents of children with these, admittedly rare, allergies, that we ban peanuts in school now).

I think for the past 10 years, it has seemed like there's been a push to ban way too many things. Humor is definitely one of them.
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Posted 1/5/15
to me i think there certain jokes that you might not say becasue some people might take it as an offesive or racist instead of a joke..
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