SEND HOME THE CLOWNS

Posted on 6/10/2015 by Daddy Will in gay political correctness comedy straight racism ageism homophobia
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Jerry Seinfeld recently made some comments about the fact that Political Correctness is taking its toll on comedy. He pointed out that many comedians are hesitant to perform on college campuses due to the sensitivity of the crowd. His own daughters accuse him of being "sexist" if he mentions that they may want to appear attractive to boys. Look, I'm not all that familiar with Seinfeld's comedy. Some of you tell me he's a "whiner" which is in fact a comedic "style" in its own right. Just as there are comics that thrive on insult, vulgarity, irony, and politics. The issue is that we've become so sensitive about everything that we no longer feel free to laugh. We bitch about Christians finding the fly in the ointment, but we're all culpable of seeking out the flaw in the most innocent of jokes. We're so hell bent on embracing diversity that we dare not even acknowledge that we're actually diverse. To do so may be misconstrued as racist, sexist, homophobic, ageist. No, we must pretend that we're just a homogenous glob of polyglot and crush any opportunity to laugh about simple being human.

Lenny Bruce began his career as a groundbreaking comedian, and he ended up a drug addict and broken man.  His rants against his many critics began to consume him, to the point that his comedy was little more than carping and complaining. In fact, there was nothing funny about it.

Joan Rivers refused to apologize for her humor. I'm sure there are countless times that she was aware that a lot of it would be interpreted as mean or hateful, but she was willing to risk it if it would evoke laughter, or possibly provoke thought.

We say we don't care what others think of us, but the truth is, we all care on some level.  There are few people that deliberately set out to get a laugh at the expense of others, but at times it's almost impossible to avoid.

Everything is so heavily scrutinized today.  I can remember one of the great joys of being gay was the laughter. Even if society loathed us, we were able to laugh with one another and at ourselves.  But, it seems those days are behind us.  We're bigger and better today.  We no longer have a need for inside jokes or our own vernacular.  If we're to be loved and embraced by all, we must conform.  No more humorous references about last night's trick, or the fact that despite his butch appearance he didn't fulfill the role we had planned for him.  No, that's objectification and just not appropriate.  Check your humor at the door.  Keep it moving, there's nothing funny here.







Send home the clowns


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