Old 11-04-2010, 11:18 PM   #11
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. I think some people just generally like getting wound up about things, and deliberately subject themselves to whatever it is purely to kick up a fuss.
Ah, the Mary Whitehouse syndrome.
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:19 PM   #12
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Yeah it does make you wonder...
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:20 PM   #13
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now the Mary Whitehouse experience..... that was funny....
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:21 PM   #14
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now the Mary Whitehouse experience..... that was funny....
milky milky...now, whatever happened to Rob Newman?
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:21 AM   #15
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Personal taste. I like smart black, black humor. Jerry Sadowitz etc.

On the other hand, I would never go see Jim Davidson...
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Old 12-04-2010, 10:17 AM   #16
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You can't judge what people will find offensive, so you just have to do your thing. I saw Sean Lock a few months back, and he did a bunch of wheelchair/paralympics jokes despite seeing a wheelchair user in the front row. The dude was laughing with the rest of us.

Equally, my cousin was sat next to a black bloke when we went to see Reservoir Dogs together, back in the day, and there were moments when my cuz got a little self-conscious, due to QT's use of what some might call racist language. But the black dude was laughing it up.

Sometimes -- but not nec always -- it's the moral majority who take offence, while those being "targeted" are simply enjoying the joke.
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Old 12-04-2010, 10:30 AM   #17
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Seems it's only white, able bodied liberals who get offended. I find a lot of things funny for a lot of reasons. Sometimes it's funny because you're a bad person for laughing. How else do you deal with the shitty things in life sometimes?
I'm not racist, sexist, homophobic etc etc, but I find jokes about the aforementioned funny because of the fact that they're touchy subjects for some people. Sometimes a joke lightens everything so you can talk about said subjects without the stigma. Sometimes not.
If people get offended, their problem, not mine.
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True. And the couple who complained about him, knew this. Apparently, they found everything else funny. Except when he started talking about people with Down's Syndrome.
They found everything else funny, laughing along with the jokes that were making fun of other people, but when it came to making fun of people like their daughter [who has downs syndrome] they were offended.

I don't judge the fact that they were offended, as far as i'm concerned it's normal to laugh at other people and take offence at jokes which have some sort of personal significance.

As to whether those sort of jokes should be allowed... I haven't really made my mind up. It's a difficult issue
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As to whether those sort of jokes should be allowed... I haven't really made my mind up. It's a difficult issue
But Jimmy Carr makes rape jokes, which is certainly no better. Jokes, like any art form, are sometimes going to cause offence.
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But Jimmy Carr makes rape jokes, which is certainly no better. Jokes, like any art form, are sometimes going to cause offence.
I didn't mean specifically jokes which make fun of disabilities. I mean jokes which generally are thought to offend members of the public, of course if we banned everything that offended people there would be very little left
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