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i hate when guys say shit like “why would you cut your hair? guys dont like girls with short hair” thats like watching someone else make a sandwich for their self and saying “why are you putting tomatoes in it? i dont like tomatoes”
if you are gonna refer to a trans* person as “he-she” or “it”, don’t talk to me, don’t touch me, don’t come near me, don’t breathe the same air as me, don’t breathe at all, thanks
Wondering what you all think about comedians making jokes playing into stereotypes about their own identities, i.e. comedian from specific ethnic identity making jokes playing into stereotypes of their ethnicity
I mean, sometimes I’m particular with what I find funny, sometimes I’m not. Depends on my mood. But really, a black comedian telling a joke about a black stereotype is only funny if I know people that fit that description exactly and its not something totally fucked up rooted in a history racial discrimination.
And contrary to popular belief, there are plenty stereotypes that our own community will make that are specifically exclusive to only us and we are the only ones with the knowledge of those stereotypes because we know ourselves and we can be in the position were we can actually sit back and laugh at the things we do but it all be in good fun and it isn’t anything insulting. I mean, we do it on tumblr all the time and I have no shame in that. We not out to get one another, we all love each other, we all family.
But of course, these jokes can sometimes be detrimental when people outside our race, mostly white people, get a hold of these stereotypes and then it sucks all the enjoyment out of it and it becomes an insult instead of a play amongst family. That’s the only issue I find with a comedian playing on stereotypes within their own race.
At some point there tends to be comedians that try to work their way off stereotypical jokes usually because they try to expand into a larger audience. Chris Rock for example, I heard in an interview that he stopped using the “n” in majority of his acts because he said “its too easy” to get a laugh out of people basically, and I could understand that, but then I realized that he was on a panel of three other white comedians, Jerry Seinfeld, Loius C.K., and Ricky Gervais. And I think its also interesting to note that his audience now has a great number of white people in it, compared to back in the day when he did specials like “Bigger and Blacker” where he was quick to play into a stereotype but it’d be for mostly black audiences. And then with his joke “Black people and Niggas” where he saw plenty white people would come up to him and use that joke just as an excuse to say “Nigga” to a black man assuming no consequences was, then he stopped telling that joke all together. And I see Kevin Hart is doing the same thing though I feel he’s still more in with the people he grew with, like he doesn’t forget the people that have been with him from the jump. But at some point, if he wants to get as big as Chris Rock then he might have to leave a few behind.
Comedians like Redd Fox and Richard Pryor, well known in the black community, big inspirations to black comedians, how many white comedians do you hear name them as inspirations? Now compare them to Bill Cosby. You see what I’m getting at?
But in the end, if something’s genuinely funny, then I laugh. Black comedians (and I’m just using black comedians as an example because I’m black, they are the comedians I know) can make fun of our community, we can make fun of ourselves and it not be detrimental to us as a people. But when whitey comes in and decides to fuck up the function, that’s when there are problems.
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