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  •  Comedy does best in an environment where (5+ / 0-)

    things aren't okay.

    If we make it inappropriate to say certain things, smart comics will still find ways to do stuff.

    The perfect example of all of this is the terrible jokes about black people that used to exist.

    People in the 50's used to use the joke:

    "What do you call a black man who doesn't drink, who goes to church, who holds down a steady job and supports his family?"

    "A N***!"

    It's not funny. It's NOT okay. We don't tell that joke anymore. We wouldn't find that joke funny anymore, and for good reason!

    That's what we're arguing about. Not making it illegal, but making sure that there are real consequences for bigotry.

    And that's what we're talking about. We're not talking about taking the fun out of comedy, we're talking about ending overt bigotry wherever we find it, whenever we see it, no matter who's saying it or doing it.

    It's a war on all fronts.

    It's one we need to fight.

    You have the right to say what you want to say and what you believe, but if the things you say are bigoted, if they contribute to people thinking that rape is a joke, we have the right to respond with the full force of our combined will.

    To be clear, what started this whole thing was Tosh, a comedian, responding to a heckler by saying "Hey wouldn't it be funny if five guys raped that girl, like, right now?"

    That's the kind of thinking we're trying to end.

    An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

    by OllieGarkey on Tue Jun 04, 2013 at 03:38:13 PM PDT

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