Myself included. The posts I've made so far are filled with contradictions. I'm a hypocrite just like everybody else, but I have to stand by my opinions. If I feel that I'm being honest in the moment and I state something I have to defend it, or admit that I was wrong.
I want to make things funny, and the truth is funny. The truth can also be fabricated to be funny... It's weird like that. But I cannot stand political correctness, so I curse and say shocking things sometimes, just to bother these J-holes. I listen to a lot of comedians who have been stating their opinions humorously and eloquently for longer than I have been alive. So naturally, I am trying to do the same.
I'm only 21 and have been trying to do comedy for two years... I don't know shit compared to the comedians/actors/writers that I love and respect. I still feel that I have to push myself in my opinions and my humor, and anything else that I feel will help me grow as a person/entertainer.
That means "pushing the envelope" or even saying things just to get a rise out of people. So if your offended, be offended. Don't expect an apology all the time. There are plenty of instances where people in a comedy club will laugh at rape/incest/terrorist jokes and get upset and yell at the cancer joke because someone in their family had it.
My mother had cancer, I've heard good and bad cancer jokes. I don't stand up and yell at the comedian making the joke if I don't like it. I may be offended, and that's fine, I don't have to make a scene, or blog about how offended I am. Hecklers are cowardly and annoying, for the most part. They want to be on stage being funny. If I really feel negatively about a certain joke, I'll tell the comedian why I feel this way and try to inform him or her on how to change it, but off stage. It's okay to be offended.
Patrice O'Neal defending funny. If anyone is interested. Please ignore the"offensive" title.
There are so many people that "pretend" to be outraged just to appear sensitive and caring, and it's Bullshit most of the time. Having to let everyone know how offended you are is obnoxious. It is phony to be outraged because it was something that happened to you, and not be outraged at something that didn't happen to you. Or just to be "outraged" because you think you should be outraged. And trying to take responsibility for the "whole nation" is not your responsibility.
Granted there are certain people and comedians that use shock humor for shocks sake. There are plenty of instances of insensitivity with no purpose of satire or a higher purpose. These shock comedians will probably not last very long unless they bring a higher purpose to their comedy. So it's okay be offended at these people. Letting them know they are being insensitive with logic will be more useful than being outraged purely from emotion.
People make jokes out of horrible things because that it the purpose that humor serves in life! The horrible tragedies that happen everyday would to be hard to deal with with out humor. Comedy IS Tragedy. My dog was put to sleep and thrown into a mass grave, and my friends laughed in my face when I told them that. If everybody took everything too seriously, we'd all be miserable. The world needs comedians to make us laugh.
After 911, comedians were the medicine for people. Everybody was horribly sad, and comedians stepped up and started making jokes about it. Getting people laughing for the first time in months. There really is never something "too soon". If that were the case, "too soon" would go away. People can't put a threshold over comedy, because it will always be broken. South Park has always pushed the envelope on political correctness. Now their show is considered one of the greatest satires on Television. When a new limit is put up, they cross the line, and they always will, just like all the other great comedians.
Parents that blame comedians for their kids bad behavior, are not taking full responsibility. They may turn around and say how great their kids are, but it's those dang gone comedians with their potty mouths. If that's the case, don't let them watch those comedians. Parents should take full responsibility for their kids actions. I'm not a parent, so I obviously don't know what it's like to have kids, just my opinion. But it seems like blame shifting to me.
I love Jim Norton, and these are things that he has touched on. What I love about him so much is that he cops to EVERYTHING he has done. None of his past is a mystery, and he makes no excuses for himself. This allows him to make fun of and judge other people. Because he is completely honest about his morals, judgements, feelings, opinions etc. He holds everyone else to the same standards as himself. He's allowed himself the freedom to speak honestly about anything or anyone, and point out fraudulence when it is apparent.
RACISM... for example. Everyone is a little bit racist. It's natural to stereotype people, because a lot of them are true, and it is something we are taught as humans of different colored skin. Just be honest about your feelings and your opinions. I'm kinda racist, I have racist thoughts just like you do. Saying you're not racist makes you seem more racist, kind of... I think.
Now, I probably sound like a preachy douche bag right now, and you could be wondering why I'm trying to tell you how to live your life. But like any other 21 year old I am angry at the world. I'm trying to make sense of it all at the same time, and these are just my beliefs.
There are certainly contradictions in this post, and I'll have to cop to those too.
I'm trying to be positive in these posts, my hope is to reach people and make them think more deeply about themselves in society.
Have a good'n!