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Yes there is. Racism and Homophobic jokes/speeches are taken very seriously and punishment will be given. Look at that college with the racist song. Look at what that one female said on Twitter about getting AIDS because of going to Africa. Our freedom of speech is limited.
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Not until someone reports it. I did as an example. Let's see if it stays live... hopefully it doesn't ban you though. I'd feel bad.
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Well that was quick work on the mods part.
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jeffcoatstephen wrote:

Yes there is. Racism and Homophobic jokes/speeches are taken very seriously and punishment will be given. Look at that college with the racist song. Look at what that one female said on Twitter about getting AIDS because of going to Africa. Our freedom of speech is limited.


Racism is hardly taken seriously when hatred/violence against white people is seen as justified in the eyes of many people.

I don't want to derail this into a free speech/race based rant, so here's my attempt to get back on topic.

When it comes to jokes nothing is off limits, however there is a time and place for everything. The comedian should know their audience well enough to know what will or wont fly with them, and the audience should have thicker skins in some cases.
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I was reading this thread, then went to another, and what do you know. This topic was still in my head, so let me respond

Does humor have any limits?

I don't know, but your mom sure don't!

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Didn't think that would happen... or at least that fast.
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And there goes his sock account as well. Farewell sweet prince "Catboyfag" truly the brightest stars shine but for a moment, we barely knew thee.
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dsjb wrote:

And there goes his sock account as well. Farewell sweet prince "Catboyfag" truly the brightest stars shine but for a moment, we barely knew thee.


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Aeolist wrote:

It's rather subjective



Syndicaidramon wrote:

There's always a limit.


Spot on points.

This topic is actually quite convoluted and controversial.

J.S. Mills is a historically renowned political philosopher who raised ideas on Freedom of Speech and Expression. He believed that all individuals should be able to think whatever they like, and say whatever they like and that this expression of self is essential to democracy. His boundaries begin at "unless it incites physical violence". This is a very black and white idea, however, as it ignores all aspects of psychological harm and only focuses on the potential incitement of physical harm. In this regard one has to ask, does physical harm outweigh mental harm? I think anyone whose experienced the latter will argue no. Additionally, it ignores the concept of offensive and hate speech. There should always be boundaries and there should always be limits. It's evident in the reflection of governments - they don't mirror Mills ideals because they're under the understanding that regulations need to be enforced.

I think just because comedy is meant to be funny it doesn't excuse portrayals etc that would cross the line in an everyday conversation. This does indeed depend on socio-cultural context, how you've been raised, if you're religious or not, what life experiences you have and so forth. Of course you can't please everyone but you also have to consider what is safe content to produce. Things like joking about War, genocide, rape and other traumatic events that individuals have been forced to live through is crossing the line.

I would dare say that individuals should just use their common sense to determine boundaries but I realize common sense isn't all that common and everyone's moral compass differs. If you unintentionally cross the line and had no malicious intent, then simply apologize. If your "comedy" harbours malicious intent and agendas, it's not appropriate.



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