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November 24th, 2010
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A friend asked me to write some about problematic jokes.

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From:nisi_la
Date:November 24th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. I was once married to a white man who was subjected to hearing many racist jokes, which the tellers thought would be fine with him, because, you know, he was white. So even if your audience looks like it isn't part of the "humor's" target, they could still belong, and even if your audience actually isn't part of the target group, they could still be hurt by it.

Also reminded of Steve Martin's encounter with racist realtors in "The Jerk;" they assured him none of his new neighbors would be "eggplants." After some discussion of how obnoxious certain vegetables can be he got their point and went all Tai Bo on their asses, because he was raised believing himself black. One of my favorite movie moments.
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From:holzman
Date:November 24th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
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I love that scene. Also when Mama breaks it to him that he's always going to look like that.
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