We have an escalating problem in America that requires immediate attention; we’re forgetting how to fucking laugh.
Don’t worry, we’re not actually going to kill the dog… this is an image taken from a 1973 issue of National Lampoon magazine, and its purpose is to illustrate a point.
There have always been advocacy groups, religious groups, cry baby groups etc. that have tried to stifle free expression in our nation. These groups wont be going away, and this article isn’t really directed towards them personally.
This article focuses more on the artists themselves and the growing acceptance that there is no longer an appropriate arena for dark humor.
Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, I remember that the approach to rampant political correctness or puritan religious groups was almost always ‘fuck them, we’ll fight back and we’ll come out with shit to piss them off even more’.
That attitude has changed significantly as pointed out by veteran comedians such as Mel Brooks, who stated that “political correctness is killing comedy”.
Political correctness isn’t killing comedy. It’s our collective willingness to accept political correctness as a viable force that is killing comedy. The artists, publishers, companies etc. who are bending to this madness is what is killing comedy.
Political correctness should be fueling comedy. This should be a golden age, a renaissance of dark humor, a revisiting of that attitude that we’re not going to bend to the whim of radical puritans who resolve to strip away our free expression and claim victory for the whiny, smug, intolerant authoritarians of our society.
Remember the ’94 Hart Bochner cinematic classic ‘PCU’? You know how easy it would be to do a remake of that movie in today’s climate? It would be epic.
Artists, however, are pulling away from ‘questionable’ material like this out of fear of backlash, out of fear they will reduce their careers to ruin.
The intellectual community, the artistic community, the liberal community, need to reanalyze the importance of comedy and remember that there is a distinguishable difference between the propagation of bigotry and the celebration of humor.
I assure you this is not a virtue signal, but rather an effort to illustrate the key difference between the two:
Racism is and has been for a long time one thing that I simply don’t like. When I was discussing the 1967 Mulford Act with a group of conservative gun rights advocates, I was surprised by their willingness to bend their ‘unwavering’ support for gun liberty when the objective was to disarm or hinder the gun rights of black people, as such was the focus of the 1967 Mulford Act.
To be fair, many conservatives and libertarians are against the Mulford act, but you’ll find people out there who are fairly comfortable with the idea of disarming black people.
This is a real political issue that requires a sober perspective and clear insight… far different from racial humor.
The social justice warriors of today think that there is no place for racial humor because it leads to these types of ‘macro-oppression’s’.
Bullocks. Racial humor is fuckin’ fantastic.
It’s a beautiful sight to see a black man and white man joke around with each other, derive humor from stereotypes and afterward smile, shake hands and drink a damn beer together like adults who are capable of not taking shit too seriously.
This happens all the time in the real world. It’s a scary and dangerous premise for a sheltered college regressive to understand, but I assure you it’s very common and most people don’t think it’s a huge deep-seated problem until you indoctrinate them with the idea that there’s malice involved.
It is perfectly reasonable to assess that someone who is not racist, not sexist, not homophobic can make racist sexist and homophobic jokes and keep it within the parameter of humor, Joan Rivers did it all the time. I would be daring enough to say that it’s a bonding experience moreso than a cause for a massive triggering.
The point is, we’re adults, we can handle making fun of each other. I can handle people making fun of me and my beliefs and what not and I am able to detect when there’s humor involved from an occasion where there’s malice intended. We have this ability, there’s no need to send comedy to the altar of sacrifice.
To my fellow artists and comedians out there, I implore, please stop giving in to this regressive pseudo-liberal orthodoxy and stand firm in your efforts to bring humor and delight to the world and stop worrying about offending a bunch of PC college thugs.
Remember what George Carlin said. “Political Correctness is America’s newest form of Intolerance”.