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Taking offense to humor. Stupid or right?
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Posted 8/1/15
hey you wanna hear a joke


cancer


but seriously if it's a quality joke and not just a straight insult you're good
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Posted 8/1/15 , edited 8/1/15
Words hold no offence, only intent does.

I really hate it when people try to be funny solely by being offensive though, that doesn't automatically make something funny...
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You are allowed to make a joke, but whether someone will like it or not is another thing. They can't stop you, but I would suggest refraining from telling such a joke to a person that didn't seem to like it, or even felt insulted by it. We are all civilised people, so let's be kind and polite to each other.
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The truth is that everyone has triggers. Making a joke about anorexia is a taboo (especially for an 11 year old audience) because it is a real mental illness and you may trigger a person in the audience who has it or knows someone who does. For an 11 year old in the audience who is suffering just on the edge of recovery, your joke may be the thing that pushes them off. There's a time and place for every joke, and that was definitely not it.

A good comedian knows how to read his/her audience and make sure that most of them are laughing. Lots of comedians make jokes that are not politically correct but they can still get a laugh out of a serious audience because they know their craft. If Achmed the dead terrorist is a huge hit, along with Russel Peters, then it's a problem of skill. I don't really like Achmed the dead terrorist, not because it offends me, but because it's not really my thing.

As for being offended, people are going to do it regardless because they all have triggers, but if you want to be a comedian you need to read your audience.

As an aside though, why didn't they just tell you to remove the anorexia joke and keep the rest?
Posted 8/1/15
I'll just go with my philosophy on speech. You are free to say whatever you want, but don't be surprised if a couple of thugs want to beat you up for it.


If you're going to do offensive jokes with friends, I suggest having a level of intimacy, first. Sure, there are people that think they can get away with anything they say just because they can say "it is a joke" which is the real life version of "I'm just trolling, I'm not really stupid ^_^". Notice: in that context, I said a friend told an inappropriate joke to a friend they weren't all that close to and yes, I'm suggesting those people that can't sense when it is safe to do such things are not, at the least, socially adept.



As for speaking in front of a crowd at 11. That isn't a case of Kid's Say the Darndest Things. I think someone didn't teach one empathy. As for adult comedians - they can say whatever they want because "comedy, lulz" and again - I wrote out the synonymous version of it from online (trolling).

I'll just say, if you bash on people for being thin skinned for not taking your joke well, you yourself probably have thin skin, too. Just saying :3
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The only thing I don't understand is when someone gets offended on someone else's behalf. Like, you made an anorexia joke, but did anyone who was anorexic actually get offended, or was it just some random saps who really don't have any weight problems? People make fun of me for being underweight all the time, and I just roll with it. Sometimes it's pretty funny.
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If not laughing at things like this is wrong, I don't want to be right.

I found it funny and so did a lot of my friends. I don't think it's wrong not to laugh at it, but I don't think anyone who laughs at it are inherently bad people either.

I guess we just have different tolerances. I like a good racial joke, especially about my race, its very refreshing too hear about sometimes.
Posted 8/1/15 , edited 8/1/15

Rikunamatata wrote:

I think someone didn't teach one empathy.




You're right. My parents taught me to be able to take a joke.
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Posted 8/1/15

ThtGy wrote:

The only thing I don't understand is when someone gets offended on someone else's behalf. Like, you made an anorexia joke, but did anyone who was anorexic actually get offended, or was it just some random saps who really don't have any weight problems? People make fun of me for being underweight all the time, and I just roll with it. Sometimes it's pretty funny.


This is very true, but I think it's also important to bear in mind that not all people in the same situation have the same tolerance. Note that I'm not in any way saying this is true in your case, but some people seem to believe that because they are a person in situation X who isn't offended by comment Y means that all others also in situation X also can't or shouldn't possibly be offended by comment Y either.
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I find myself to be a lot happier when I'm not taking offense at jokes. To each their own I guess
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Posted 8/1/15
Some people are more sensitive than others.
Posted 8/1/15

descloud wrote:

The problem is simple.

None of your jokes were funny.


:Let's hear a rib splitter from you.
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Posted 8/1/15
Laugh more.

Care less.

Live happier.
Posted 8/1/15
I don't see what the whole problem is tbh.
I tell bad jokes all the time, and yes I am an insensitive asshole/bitch

I think everyone has the right to free speech and it's stupid to get offended
over little things like that. Grow some thick skin and stop bitching about
other people.

On the flip side, you shouldn't care what they think.
If you had good intentions then forget what they
say and/or think.
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Posted 8/1/15
Vivez bien,
Aimez beacoup,
Riez souvent...

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