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where do you stop the censorship; and who decides?



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No topic should be off-limits in comedy that's meant to be humorous. If someone is using "it was a joke, man" as a shield to hide from the repercussions from being a dick or from saying something that was malicious, that shouldn't be included in the "no topic is off-limits in comedy".



Humour should not be allowed to create a hostile sentiment.

Suppose, for example, that someone is rumoured to have been involved in some scandal. Until actual conviction and confirmation, I think it to be of *very* poor taste to use that as the subject of a joke. We all have a natural tendency to believe things simply through frequent exposure, whatever the source may be. I do not think it acceptable to spread a negative image of a person beyond the limits of what we can know with certitude.

Of course, not something anyone should get arrested for. Just something I think should be avoided, and content that I think can be allowed to be removed.



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Fat... It’s purely a descriptive word. If I can’t say fat, then what word am I supposed to use?
Chunky-monkey? Elephantian? blubbernaut?

And if any of those words offend you, then how about a salad?



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o_O.Q said:
where do you stop the censorship; and who decides?

Essentially the audience decides whether its acceptable or not, if they don't like the tone of the joke it'll be known through their reaction.



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VGPolyglot said:
o_O.Q said:
where do you stop the censorship; and who decides?

Essentially the audience decides whether its acceptable or not, if they don't like the tone of the joke it'll be known through their reaction.

do i really have to go into why this is a bad idea?



o_O.Q said:
VGPolyglot said:

Essentially the audience decides whether its acceptable or not, if they don't like the tone of the joke it'll be known through their reaction.

do i really have to go into why this is a bad idea?

Do I have to go into why it's a bad idea for the audience not to display their disapproval?  Should they just have to be quiet and not be able to say their opinion at all?



yes there are limits to everything



Comedy can do just as much harm as good. Schoolyard bullying is often no more than hurtful jokes targeted at an individual. It can be used to oppress groups and make people feel inferior. It can be used to divide us rather than bring us together.

That being said no topic should be off-limits. Free speech should always be free, and as infuriating as it can seem that includes hate speech. The great thing about free speech is that it goes both ways. I and society can freely criticize a comic for making jokes in bad taste. I think society often overreacts to most jokes taking them far more serious than they should. However, society sometimes gets it right and makes a point that certain things just are not funny anymore. As many have said before "read the room".



 

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VGPolyglot said:
o_O.Q said:

do i really have to go into why this is a bad idea?

Do I have to go into why it's a bad idea for the audience not to display their disapproval?  Should they just have to be quiet and not be able to say their opinion at all?

you were asking about things being off limits, that's not the same as a reaction