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"You can only joke about it if you are funny" Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
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Posted 1/5/15
There seems to be a certain time frame from end of event to when joking about said event becomes funny for some people. I think it's just human nature to make jokes about past events so that we can make our selves feel more comfortable. There was a South Park episode called "Jared Has Aides" which made fun of this whole topic on finding comedy in tragedy.

Posted 1/5/15 , edited 1/5/15
I personally don't give a fuck if it's funny or not regardless of the situation. My friend made fun of 9/11 and none of the friends he showed were offended by it. We found that shit hilarious, though I do think it depends on the person, time, how far it's been like 9/11 and Hiroshima etc.

I think anyone can joke around though I wont be laughing if there's a fire going on or if there's a shooting or some shit.
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Personally, there are some things I can just not laugh about.. I don't care who is making the joke.
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.


This rings very true. N' diggity peanut metaphor. I like it.

Humor is extremely subjective and contextual. I for one don't think there is a thing in existence that can't be joked about. However; I get that I will often come off like an asshole(rightfully so) if I go around tossing my brand of humor in every Tom, Dick and Jane's face. Know peoples limits. If you don't know someone's limits; maybe don't open with a holocaust joke.

In the instance of forums, or other scenarios where you put your humor in the public eye- it's a crapshoot. You can't possibly gauge everyone's interpretation of your humor. All you can do is weigh the options to yourself and reap what you sow in the end.
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Posted 1/5/15
yes if you are funny enough.

Believe it or not, some people have enough confident and witty humor to make any thing seem light and funny. (not to say that that it's okay to try and joke when your cat just died or something).
Posted 1/5/15
Who's sense humor are we going by?
An acceptable joke, under that rule, will be determined by the person with the
weakest sense of humor or the one most easily offended. Doesn't sound like
a good rule.
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Posted 1/7/15
It depends. Say a tragic event like a school shooting happens and the next day someone makes a joke about it. At that time it wouldn't be perceived as funny, but very insensitive. However if a good amount of time has past then the joke is made it's taken more as a joke and some will laugh at it. There will always be people who are very sensitive to certain subjects and like mentioned before by another user, it's good to know your audience. I have a friend who has told dark jokes about school shootings( he makes them some time after the incident) and I usually laugh and respond with "That's messed up." Dark Humor isn't bad and can be very funny, but one needs to know when and how to use it.
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Posted 1/7/15

mfritsch wrote:


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.


Yeah, I tend to not use homophobic slurs in my jokes in front of my friends who are feminists.
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Posted 1/7/15
You can only joke about it if it's yours to joke about, similar to how someone's bruises are theirs to poke at and yours to keep away from.

Nicely worded hm? well that's from Belissa Escobedo and Rhiannon McGavin. If it's your own tragedy to laugh at, fine. If not, shut up. And if you lie about it just to say the joke without confrontation you're just a piece of shit now aren't you? :c
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You can come up with any jokes you desire. But it depends on whats good or whats bad, so be careful. Also, when people starts getting offended cause of something isn't really a big deal, don't pay any attention to them. This is your show. Not theirs.
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Well, I refer to that as dark humor, which I love. There are certain things I agree with, like calling a person retarded is bad if they're not actually mentally retarded. I use the word retarded when referring to a bad situation but I would never say that to a living thing. But a lot of people get butthurt or want to make a person look bad when they know that person didn't mean any harm by the joke. Everyone who has a mind knows the appropriate settings to make dark jokes, but if you don't or annoy people on purpose this way, you are an asshole. But I will always love my Cards Against Humanity and Cyanide and Happiness. Dark humor is awesome.
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Posted 1/8/15
"There is a time and a place for everything".
The success of a joke (or any kind of humor) is dependent on its Timing, Impact, and Audience. First, it is important to note the proper time for it; in this case it would be how long to wait after a certain incident before joking about it and when the mood/atmosphere is right to tell it in the first place. The impact is key as well; too little and no one even realizes it's a joke- too much and the punchline is overshadowed by the setup; or, in the worst case, becomes offensive. The final point lies in the people you tell the joke to; while it is important that your audience knows what you're talking about, if they are deeply involved with the topic that you mock, etc., then it will be perceived as an insult instead of a joke.
As long as someone waits for these conditions, he/she/it doesn't have to be funny to joke about it.

The point of a joke is to create laughter; and, as they say, laughter is the best medicine. Being able to laugh at the harsh, depressing, and horrible topics that assault one's mind is the first step to overcoming them.
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Posted 1/8/15
It depends.
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Posted 1/8/15

PeripheralVisionary wrote:

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?

I think that if a Japanese person made a thread about how many orgasms it would take to equate the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.....then I'd be like "WTF?!" and laugh, because that's a paradoxical event happening.

Though, to be fair, I got a cheap laugh out of the thread's inquiry....but then again, I tend to have a pretty dark sense of humor now and then, though I refrain from exposing it.
I was just thinking right now that if a Japanese person made such an inquiry, it'd be, like, ten times more hilarious. This is because one would never expect a Japanese person to make light of the atomic bombings of his homeland. Some of them still carry grudges against us for it....which, all things considered, I can understand, though maybe that's just me being sympathetic to a culture that isn't my own yet has been a certain affinity to me throughout my life.

I guess there are things that you can joke about and can't joke about in life. But there is a bit of unfairness involved now and then, especially in concern to ethnicity (race, if one prefers).

Did I read that right? You can't sleep? Now now; it's not as severe as you may be thinking it is, unless you actually got a bunch of hate-mail from others, but I don't know. But I guess it's easy for me to say, in regard to your thread, that "It's all in the past," and that "Nothing bad happened." There was no international incident that occurred here on Crunchyroll, or anything of such severity. Just consider this a learning experience and try not to do it again. Issues relating to recent Japanese history are still quite touchy, so be careful there if you take the risk.
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Posted 1/8/15
People joke about death all the time. Those bombings happened quite a while ago although I will admit that it's possible to take the joke too far.
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