Humor is a funny thing. Even though most people enjoy a good laugh, different people laugh at different things. Different strokes for different oaks. Some crack up at slapstick. Others enjoy one-liners. There are physical comedy, situational comedy, ventriloquists, stand-up acts, song parodies, humour blogs and the list goes on and on and on. Some sickos even lose their shit when they see a friend/stranger/parent hurt themselves in a spectacular way.
I came across this video and was laughing hysterically and decided to share it with all my lovely readers, not only because I get off when I make people laugh, but also because I found it extremely interesting. Check it out and you might understand why…
So this is funny, right? Or do you feel kind of awkward laughing at comedians with disabilities making fun of themselves. Is this offensive material to some of you?
I once tweeted about not having the need to take anti-depressants because I’d rather exercise. A woman replied a few days later and lashed out at my irresponsible tweet for implying that people who are suicidal can solve their problems by just going for a quick training session.
WHAT? It’s obviously not what I meant. I thought #stress made that very clear. In the end I just left it hanging in the Twitterverse. I didn’t feel the need to react. But did I miss something? What do you think?
Humor can be very offensive. Comments too. There are blogs that exist only to offend. Writers are like Spiderman. Our great power to say what we want implies an even greater responsibility. But we have to accept that offensive material will exist as long as individuals have the freedom to write and post, merely because like humor, we all dislike different things. Different things rub people in different ways. We are prone to sensitivity on specific subject matter due to our own experiences and belief systems. It’s not necessarily wrong. (Unless you’re a fan of Kanye, that’s very wrong.)
But does that mean we should stop writing whatever we want just because it might offend someone, somewhere? Should we be more sensitive to our audience? Or does that mean we should stop reading material we find offensive? And if we decide to eliminate certain subject matter and stick with things that makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside, how do we broaden our minds? Shift our paradigms? How do we challenge our own views and opinions? Won’t we miss out on the flip side of the coin? Only get half the story?
Don’t know. Just pondering…like Pinkie and the Brain.