Stand-Up Comedy: To-Blame for Racism? @DefComedyJam @UncleRUSH
@mythociate (15963)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
October 9, 2017 12:04pm CST
I see the Def Comedy Jam "25th Anniversary Special" on NETFLIX, and I'm reminded of 'something that annoys me' about that kind of stand-up comedy. Racism---I'm thinking it's "like a cancer": it keeps coming back if you keep on feeding it! I've only seen the first few minutes of the DCJ-special, and at least their hosts referred to the racism as a "problem of long-ago" (when they were trying to get hip-hop comedians onto television, but couldn't "`coz we're black"). But it reminds me how it seems that most black comedians have at least one 'joke' (bit? run? joke? whatever you call 'things comedians say') about 'how things are bad for a "minority"-person.' I suppose it's a step away from 'female comedians joking about how men are pigs' or 'male comedians joking about how their wives nag-&-nag.' Comedians identify with a group and bemoan the hardships they all have to go through (usually by blaming another group). (e.g. I'm male, so are lotsa people; women make it difficult for us, ha-ha-ha; or I'm white, so are lotsa people; non-whites make it difficult for us, ha-ha-ha ...)
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• Preston, England
11 Oct 17
Comedy can be indiscriminate - finding the jokes are about us can be unsettling but it is largely a role reversal as caucasian male comedians of the 70's were blatantly racist
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