Is Sarah Silverman Right About the P.C. Wars?

A few weeks ago, this article came out in the A.V. Club about how Sarah Silverman sides with college students when it comes to being politically correct in comedy. A lot of comics have come out and said that lately playing colleges just isn’t the same as it used to be. College students won’t laugh at certain “edgy” material because it isn’t politically correct (or more often, I think, doesn’t sound P.C.). Many top comics who used to tour colleges now totally neglect the college venues because of it. As a recent graduate who spent almost all of my previous on-stage time in front of other students, I know from first hand experience that there’s a difference telling a joke to students rather than a normal audience. A particular joke about chopsticks that I wrote while at school comes to mind as the type of material that often won’t work on a college campus, but is still a funny joke pretty much anywhere else:

I think Asians aren’t impressed by magic because a wand is just half of chopsticks.

There’s more to the joke, but even just this opening line can rouse boos from a college coffee house, just because it sounds racist. I’m not going to argue whether it actually is racist or not, but I’ll tell you that I think the joke is funny because it’s so obviously false and ridiculous, not because it’s making fun of Asians at all. The involvement of Asian people is totally tangential to the humor of the joke! But, the mere mention of Asians is enough to get a lot of students hot and bothered. Trust me, the joke does just fine here in New York City.

Another time, just after I started writing jokes and had performed only a handful of times, I participated in a dorm talent show where I told the following joke:

Even if a gay rifleman is honest and shoots straight, he’s still not a straight shooter.

Afterwards, my RA pulled me aside and said that he had to talk to me about my jokes because someone had come up to him and complained about being offended. He made it clear that he didn’t have any problem with what I said and felt stupid for talking to me, but had to say something nonetheless. I was blown away and I felt awful. I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings – I just thought it was a funny joke!

Do students actually have a point? Is it wrong for something to just even come close to sounding racist?

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Sarah Silverman: ironically, a comic who has risen to fame for her characteristically politically incorrect material.

As it turns out, I also ended up becoming a Resident Assistant in college. To become an RA I had to go through a semester-long training course and then a two-week long training camp before the start of the school year. A major part of both the course and the camp is the focus on diversity. I particularly remember a day devoted entirely to “diversity training” (a funny notion I think, as if someone can be taught how to be ‘more diverse’). The RAs from all the dorm staffs gathered in an auditorium to listen to a speaker talk about diversity on campus and the importance of everyone feeling welcome. After her speech, she became the moderator of an activity. All of us would either go to one side of the room or the other, depending upon whether we agreed with whatever statement on diversity that she said. Then, after each statement she would allow certain people to speak their minds if she called on them, often very obviously only allowing the side that she agreed with to talk. She would also verbally disagree with pretty much anyone who didn’t seem to think diversity was the most important thing in the entire world. Because RAs tend to be the same way, almost everyone in the room jumped on board with her as well.

Because I thought the activity was stupid, I sat on one side the whole time and just listened while everyone moved back and forth. Eventually, a lot of the other RAs who I knew plopped down right next to me.

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My interpretation of diversity training.

To give you an example of how it worked, the moderator would say something like “I think there should be more ethnic themed houses on campus” and people would either go to a “yes” side or a “no” side of the auditorium. There were several ethnic theme houses on campus already, such as separate African American, Asian, and Hispanic dorms that almost exclusively housed people of those ethnic backgrounds. When everyone was done moving, the moderator called on a hand. The ridiculousness of the exercise was summed up in one response to this prompt. A girl on the “yes” side (there should be more ethnic themed houses on campus) who happened to be black was called on by the moderator and said something like “I shouldn’t be forced to hang around your people if I don’t feel comfortable! If I’ve only lived in black communities my entire life and that’s the only place where I’m comfortable, I shouldn’t be forced into dorms where I have to talk to and hang out with white people.” And then everyone clapped and cheered in agreement! And the moderator patted her on the back!

Woah! As a white straight male, if I said something like that, it would NOT be okay! “I shouldn’t have to live with black people if I don’t want to! I’ve only ever lived with white people! Black people make me feel uncomfortable!” And here she was being cheered for it.

I think that part of the problem with P.C. issues is that people are taught that they are the problem. I.e. if you say something, you are responsible for anyone being offended by it. Part of the training class I took for dorm staffing was dedicated to “microaggressions,” or “everyday verbal or nonverbal, intentional or unintentional insults that send negative messages to target persons based on their ethnic group, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, etc.” Again, the whole idea of the topic was to be more aware of what you’re saying or doing so that you don’t offend anyone. Obviously, in general I think it’s good to avoid offending people, but I think it’s absurd to assume that even things you do on accident are your fault! My position is more like “assume people mean the best and move on.” Rather than being taught to trust other people I was being taught that I’m a bad person and I need to blame myself for anyone having any feelings about what I say.

The point I’m trying to make is that the idea that “talking about any of these topics is bad” is really unhealthy and it’s rooted deep within college culture. The same people who say “we need to talk about race and other stuff so it isn’t all bottled up and wrong” are the same people who say “you should feel bad for causing microaggressions so be careful what you say!” 

I usually hate political humor, but Jim Norton is the exception. He’s a fantastic stand up comic who has become somewhat of a spokesman for comics in the P.C. wars. A couple of years ago, Norton went on the television show Totally Biased to debate with Jezebel writer Lindy West about whether talking about rape in comedy is okay. I intuitively agree with pretty much everything that Norton says in the debate, especially his opening line about how comics should be allowed to say whatever they want if they’re at least trying to be funny.

However, that’s quite obviously the comic’s perspective. Audience members should get a good show and obviously don’t want to be offended. Ultimately, people are paying to go to the show and if the product isn’t good then they’ll stop paying for it. Norton’s problem with the “P.C. people,” if you will, is that they try to silence the comic rather than allowing other people to judge the comic on their own. There’s no reason to try to shut down a comic just because you didn’t like what he said if other people loved it and want to pay to see his show.

I think there’s a intense aversion people have to certain “iffy” subject matter that causes the topic to be hushed up. Which only avoids the problem instead of really attacking it head on. When a comic talks about race it’s easy to automatically go “ugh what a jerk, she’s talking about race and that’s offensive! No one should listen to her!” instead of listening to what she has to say to see if it’s actually offensive. It’s much easier to blacklist the whole subject matter than it is to be picky, since, if you agree with the wrong thing YOU could be seen as the racist one.

People ask me all the time if I think any subject matter is “off limits” in comedy and I’m like “no way.” If it’s funny then it’s funny.” If you find something offensive then that’s fine – that joke isn’t for you. But that doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong with the joke. I think a lot of people don’t understand that when they go to a comedy show a comic is telling the same joke she’s told a hundred times already. If you’re offended by it that’s no fun, but the only reason she keeps telling it is because so many people like it.

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Tig Notaro: the opposite of a political comic, but usually viewed as one.

Very often, students aren’t super exposed to comedy and therefore don’t know how to behave at a comedy show. My school was lucky enough to have Tig Notaro come perform and it was awful. She wasn’t awful. She was great. The crowd was awful. Tig is most famous for her album Live!, a never-before practiced set about her battle with breast cancer, losing her mom, breaking up with her girlfriend, and contracting a nearly fatal disease all within the span of a few months. However, what most people don’t understand is that the album was an anomaly: usually Tig is telling quirky, odd one-liners and surreal jokes, not discussing such serious subjects. The crowd was filled with students that had taken a feminism class that had discussed Tig Notaro and, of course, they were totally oblivious to this fact. They had only heard Live! and that was the only side of Tig they knew. All Tig wanted to do was her normal silly jokes, but students from the crowd kept yelling out at her, trying to interact with her material and asking her questions about cancer. That isn’t how stand up works! Tig stayed late to answer questions from the crowd about her double mastectomy, but she was way more interested when one of the kids from our campus “stand up club” introduced himself and started talking about comedy. She’s a comic first. Not a feminist.

I think that kinda shows more than anything that humor is about the jokes, not the subtext. I’ve never tried to write a joke to “say” anything, I just try to make people laugh. And I think that’s the best comedy. But people who aren’t comics think that the message is what comes first to comics. And that’s a huge assumption.

Sarah Silverman’s point is mainly that college kids are almost always ahead of the times. After all, they’re the audience of the future so we should be listening to them whether we agree with them or not. I definitely think that college students are usually ahead of the times, but I just hope that people can still respect comedy for just being funny rather than extrapolating from it. People worry all the time that people will hear a joke and then think “well if a comic is joking about rape it must be okay!” Oh, come on! When’s the last time you heard anyone say anything and your mind was instantly changed?

Ironically, comics fought long and hard to be able to say horrible stuff on stage that at the time older people didn’t like. Comics couldn’t really swear or talk about sex until comics like Lenny Bruce and George Carlin came along and changed the game. And it was the young people who wanted them to speak up and say things that no one else to say. Yet now it’s the young people who want to hush up comics and tell them they’ve said too much! Maybe it’s all coming full circle and there’s only “so much” a comic should be allowed to say. I don’t think I’m ever going to push the envelope too much, but I do hope that Sarah is wrong about the future. She’s probably right to some extent, but I hope everything won’t have to become 100% clean. Comics say the things that no one else is willing to say. Hushing people up about race or gender won’t solve anything. Telling meaningful jokes that ARE funny will.

One more wrinkle that I wanted to talk about is that, oddly, comics can also totally benefit from a very liberal audience. I also told that chopsticks joke in a stand up competition in San Francisco where I was lucky enough to make it to the final round. I did okay, but the winner went up right before me and crushed. He was a muscular, tall, good-looking gay guy who had fantastic delivery and moderate jokes all of which were about being gay. The crowd absolutely loved him. I (and many of the other comics I talked to afterwards) thought the guy who got second place was robbed, since he was my favorite by far: fantastic writing and delivery and completely original ideas for jokes. It seems like people are willing to hear about topics like race and sexual orientation, but only if you’re speaking from your own experience as a member of that group. Which is weird. That shouldn’t matter! You shouldn’t judge whether or not someone’s joke is funny based on his sexual orientation!

The more people learn about comedy, the more people will understand the perspective of the comic. As an audience member it’s natural to only worry about your reaction, but when you do that you’re forgetting about the comic’s point of view. And everyone else at the comedy show. It’s easy to say “that hurt my feelings and you shouldn’t have said it,” but it’s hard to realize “hey, everyone else seemed to like it; maybe I’m the weird one.” Hopefully, with the rise of stand up comedy, people will understand comedy more and my “gay rifleman” joke won’t be automatically labeled as offensive just because I used the word “gay.”

Bonus: I picked reddish pictures to thematically accompany this post because red is a color of passion and this is a heated topic. I’m an artist goddammit.

19 thoughts on “Is Sarah Silverman Right About the P.C. Wars?

  1. I actually find that as far as comedians go, that if they make jokes about their own ethnicity that it is deemed acceptable, cause they are laughing at themselves, but it you are not of the same race and make jokes that poke fun at others, then that is considered offensive. Australian humor is based on being able to laugh at ourselves as a collective and so what would be considered politically incorrect now, was just part of the norm for decades. There are shows on our government based broadcaster that still push the envelope of our comedy origins, but the jokes are usually aimed at our politicians – who everyone likes to take the piss out of. The funny part is that it is on the national broadcaster that you find the most politically incorrect shows. Media Circus and the Chaser’s war on everything being the top two.

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      1. Cultural diversity in a nation like Australia has given rise to comedians coming from all backgrounds, and usually those that are second and third generation Australians. Having grown up on the Australian way of being able to poke fun at ourselves, it has actually given rise to a unique take on how we look at each other. Aussies are used to making jokes of our own stereotypes, and that has now been adopted by comics in different parts of the community. SBS, our multinational broadcaster features a lot of great talent in that regard.

        One of the best examples of what would be completely politically incorrect, but to many Aussies – bloody funny, was when President Bush came to Australia with his massive 16 car motorcade for the APEC conference a few years back. Most of Sydney had to be shut down for security reasons, and that pissed off the locals. The response from the Chaser’s war on Everything (a brilliant satire show on the ABC), was to try and infiltrate the red zone in the most unlikely way.

        This was in 2007.

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  2. Well, this won’t be strange that I’m with you on this….

    The chopstick joke is great, even without hearing the rest. I like that the boos are because you said the word Asian and chopstick in the same sentence. Comparing chopsticks to wands is brilliant. It’s like people are looking to be offended. I was told once that one of my observations (I write humor for an online magazine) prompted rape culture. There was a Senator who had denounced Game of Thrones during this last season on a rape scene…basically jumping on a band wagon of others who were offended. I had made the comment about how the show was filled with beheadings, children being burned at the stake, male on male rape, and other things (shortening it up here…there was more examples of truly awful things that had happened on the show) and NOW your offended…well then suddenly I supported rape because I was calling out a hypocrite.

    People choose what they want to be offended by, based on obviously upbringing and environment. My advice to the great movement that wants to be pissed off by everything in the world, instead of screwing your face into a “smells a fart” look, and hissing through your teeth, and letting that vein pop out of your forehead…try turning the channel, or not supporting that artist. You don’t have to go out on a campaign. That way those who can take a joke, can actually enjoy the show without sitting next to you on your high horse, held in by a killjoy butt plug.

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    1. Totally agree with your point and your Game of Thrones story is a great example of people not even understanding why they are offended. There’s a huge difference between the “not supporting” what someone said or wrote and actually seeking negative repercussions for that person. Finding something inappropriate or unfunny is fine, but when you try to affect other people because of what you believe I think that’s a step too far. Someone isn’t trying to hurt your feelings, so you shouldn’t try to hurt them back. Thanks for the comment!

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  3. Great post and wonderful link to APEC skit. Yes as a former teacher – much of my act – parents are instilling much false pride and little else in their children unfortunately.
    I do understand people being offended and hurt but it is just as destructive to make all discussions vanilla and agreeable and about as opposite of US tradition as one can be. We are a nation of variety and with that comes differences and disagreements. This is healthy as if laughing at ones self and these differences. My friends and I rolled at books that would be Fahrenheit 451’d today. Jokes My Folks Never Told Me as well as The Official Polish and Official Italian Joke Books – I’m Italian and died laughing. People are way too up tight now I think but to each their own I guess. And no your jokes do not even touch on racism.

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    1. Thanks so much for that thoughtful response! I love the teacher perspective as I’m sure you’ve been able to see that change in younger people occur slowly over time. That’s something I hadn’t considered and it’s super interesting. I’ll have to check out those jokes!

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  4. Only because you shared Norton and I think will understand the absolute lack of rancor in these jokes just offered as my childhood norm. These books were pages of one liners some I still remember and have to laugh a little at:
    What is the shape of a Polish firing squad? A circle
    How does the Italian Admiral view his navy? Glass bottom boat…Ans more classic awesomely horrible quips like this. My Italian heritage and pride survived these assaults as did my Polish friends. :-)

    Honestly ironically I did draw the line on what we called “black jokes” and was not comfortable with them at the time I guess cause of recent news reports and issues so maybe things have just evolved to this point in society and comedy.

    Anyway much too think about. Would have been you as an Ra at the inane meeting though.

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  5. I saw the Netflix documentary Tig (like I know her personally or something), with its many snippets from Live! No doubt, anyone witness to Live! should have realized it was a one off event because it was a literal release and you cannot repeat an event like that without the result being something “other.” And, you are right. Her typical act is or was quirky, but I loved her anyway and all the more after seeing the documentary.

    On your point of PC as it relates to offensiveness, racism, sexism and nearly any other “-ism” (except possibly stoicism), I’m of the opinion that if you find something offensive, you turn it off, leave the room, change the channel, etc., but what you don’t do is vilify the offender for two reasons: (1) There’s a possibility however remote that you are missing the point of the joke blinded by your own prejudices, and (2) There’s a better than average chance (bookmakers back me up on this please) that you have inadvertently offended someone at some point when you were simply trying to be funny…and probably not while on stage in front of a judgmental crowd. It happens.

    While there might be a comic whose sole purpose is to offend people, it’s not the norm. By and large most comedians will tell you that they love making people laugh, they like the audience, they like the adrenaline, they like the instant feedback and not having a real job (whatever that is.) True, sometimes people get offended, but that’s not necessarily or usually the intent of the comic. Taste for comedy is a lot like taste in music. Some liked Florence Foster Jenkins while others preferred Ella Fitzgerald. Am I wrong?

    Anyway, thanks for the follow and I hope you caught “Manbrows: Unneeded Distraction in a busy World.” It’s a cautionary tale, but hey! You’re young. Might as well get on board while you still have all of your faculties. ~ Cheers!

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    1. Thanks so much Kimberly! I really agree with everything you said, especially the “walking away” thing. I think that’s a much more positive attitude to have about any situation, rather than try to elevate the level of conflict. And yeah, comics aren’t trying to hurt anyone’s feelings…they tell the jokes they have because most people find them funny! Checked out “Manbrows…” thanks for the tip!

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  6. This makes me reflect on the importance of comedy and humour to us all, including in bringing us together (but also potentially excluding us), and i have been thinking a lot about righteousness and self-righteousness recently. Freedom of expression in life, and the arts is something i value. I think complex issues of power often get lost in more superficial dealings with diversity, and there are positions and identities that result in persecution and death, or a silenced annihilation, and comedy such as satire can sometimes brave these areas. It seems to me so important that we stay in dialogue with each other, and witnessing and questionning. Our culture of 140 characters and ‘likes’ sometimes just feels so superficial. As to walking away, I am not so sure, sometimes yes, but sometimes, if we are moved to, we too have to ‘stand up’ (that wasn’t deliberate at first – ha) and be counted.

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  7. Very interesting post.

    I hope that because a bunch of people in one room of all the US cheered for a black girl, who I will call racist because of her declaration, that a majority of people in the US or the world would support her. I believe that I could show you many situations in which people would object.

    Start with me. I would have objected, loudly, right then and there. In case you hadn’t gone through enough of my blogs to discovered it, I’m black.

    I wouldn’t tolerate her bigoted crap!

    I find that people think that there are only two camps in this issue. The pro-PC and the anti-PC. I am actually part of a third camp. The one that is all for “freedom of expression” BUT recognizes that some unspecified measure of PC certainly has its place. I believe that it is because that measure can’t be realistically defined why our camp is probably the silent majority (we, realistically, recognize the boundaries or tolerance levels as being set differently for each person; therefore, it’s kind of stupid going on and on about in courses, committees, subcommittes or what have you trying to nail down what is acceptable or not), leaving the pro-PC’s and anti-PC’s to talk loud and draw a cround on the issue, and appear that they’re the only ones who have a stake in the matter (hence your reference to “PC wars”).

    Frankly, I don’t care about Sarah Silverman’s point in this. I don’t know here, and she may not really care what I think anyway. I speak for myself, and can only speak for myself wether it’s a direct answer to her opinion or not.

    When someone cracks a joke that I think is bigoted towards me or anyone else, I don’t argue with them or tru to hush them up. What would be the point? I just walk out on them. I’ve done it many times, and I feel good.

    Instead of me getting in their faces, it’s usually the offender or someone supporting them who gets in mine to ask why I would dare to walk out on them or change the channel or tune out in any way that is within my rights, and accuse me of lacking a “sense of humour”. Yeah . . . whatever!

    Why not just walk out? If I objected, as I’ve seen others do, wouldn’t the joker simply say something like, “If you can’t lighten up and take it, get lost!” as I’ve heard many say in response? So, by actions, which can speak louder than words, I’m beating them to the punch. Now THAT’S funny!

    Why not just walk out? I have self-respect, and someone who has self-respect doesn’t tolerate someone else making light of the fact of my or someone else’s pains, and insisting that we should just get over them and ourselves. We have literally lost the lives of people that we love or could have loved, and who loved us to rape, other tortures, murder, slavery, sexism, gay-bashing, denial of political and fundamental human rights because of the inane hatreds of others. For most of us, who are only human, there is absolutely nothing funny about these things, and these hardened facts weigh heavily on at least my mind at all times. So, for me to stick around listening to someone cutting up my or someone else’s pain would mean that I am respecting their “performance” at the full cost of respecting myself. I can’t have that.

    “Microaggressions”. Is that a real word and behaviour or did someone just make that up? That’s a new one for me. I’ve gotta look that up. Seriously!

    “Assume people mean the best and move on.” I like your premise, I really do. In actuality; however, I can’t do that. Here’s why . . . I am unable to just get over my personal experiences of, and full knowledge of others FULLY INTENTIONAL rape, other tortures, murder, slavery, sexism, gay-bashing, denial of political and fundamental human rights because of the inane hatreds of countless others. If you can cleverly help me to just let all of that go, then I’ll be able to assume people mean the best and move on. I bravely face the world each day with deeply-seated trust issues. Christopher De Voss would have you believe that I’m choosing to be offended by these things because of my upbringing. I’m quite coherent. I’m not “chooshing” this. As a properly functioning human being, I logically hurst from these things, and the scars they leave don’t heal in time for me see some comic tell a joke that I didn’t see coming that’s going to open my wounds up again. It’s not easy, and I can only suspect that the situation is similar for a lot of other people in this day and age. So, I also hope that you keep that in mind when you work a crowd that doesn’t expect to hear jokes that COULD offend their individual sensibilities. Not to hush you up. Just so that you have an idea as to why people will either walk out on you or give you hell at the show. I’m jus’ sayin’!

    I think you’re dead on when you say that the hushing up of “iffy” subjects only avoids the problem instead of really attacking it head on. Of course, that’s not just in comedy. I can remamber hearing a couple of years ago that there was some committee that was calling for the rewriting of classic books like Huckleberry Finn for use in schools — even universities, so that references of “nigger” are completely removed so as to not offend students. I think that’s a rediculous thing to do, even offensive. There have been, and still are, many who PREFER to refer to blacks only as “niggers”, and writings like Huck-Finn don’t serve to further humiliate blacks but instead serve to show the reality that racism is, even with regards to speech. Reading these books as they were originally published creates a logical and intelligent forum and opprtunity to address the concern. Including the issue that there are many ignorant and low self-esteemed blacks who refer to themselves and other blacks as “niggers”, prompting many Caucasians and other non-Negroids to wrongfully ASSUME that ALL blacks speak this way and think it’s acceptable whereas it’s supposedly only wrong when whites do it (kind of similar to how people who aren’t comics ASSUME that the message is what comes first to comics). That frankness about a harsh reality is an important START — just a start, toward heeling my, and probably other’s pains.

    “It seems like people are willing to hear about topics like race and sexual orientation, but only if you’re speaking from your own experience as a member of that group.” Again, I speak for myself here. Did you watch “In Living Color” back in the 90’s? That was a comedy TV show produced by Keenan Ivory wayans in which and most of the cast were black, and a lot of the jokes told were at the expense of whites. Well, like I said before, I’m black. I didn’t care for that show, specifically because of the racial content in it, and I refused to watch it. As much as I personally believe Keenan and his family should be ashamed of themselves, I didn’t protest and try to have the show banned, I just tuned out. Just as I refused to continue watching John Byner’s Bizzare series (all white and male cast) back in the 80’s. I guess that makes me uptight but to each his own. I do not accept cultural jokes that speak from my own experience as a member of my cultural group either. It doesn’t make me a saint. It’s just not for me.

    That’s really something because it took a lot of literal suffering and bloodshed before other blacks could even be recognized as comedians, nevermind feeling free to host a TV show on a major American network in which most of the jokes were meant to take the Mickey out of whites. Keenan even had a sketch in which he joked about the intent of every show was to find any excuse to mock specifically whites. That was when I changed the channel. It’s iteresting that the series didn’t last too much longer after that episode. The Wayans must have run out of material or something.

    Yes, there certainly are many blacks who take offence to my stance on this but that’s just the way I roll. Live in my skin for a day, and they’ll know exactly why.

    Good call on the colour red. I too am an artist, a visual artist not so much a performance artist like you. I specifically chose red for my logo.

    Powerful post!

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    1. Wow, thanks so much for such an in-depth response! I guess overall, I can agree with pretty much everything you say. I think your approach on pro- and anti-PC is a good one. I definitely wouldn’t align myself with either. I still think comics and regular folks should at least try to be careful with what they say. I also respect you from walking away from situations that upset you; it’s really hard for people to let those things go.

      The only thing I will say in response is that although I definitely can’t speak for you and your experiences relating to “assume people mean the best,” I can speak for myself. And there are jokes that really cut me deep down too. But I still know they’re jokes. Maybe it’s easier for me to assume the best from comics because I am one, but I can’t think of a reason why I should be offended by someone who doesn’t even know me and what I’ve been through. And that applies to anyone: even if it’s just someone on the street who said something mean to me. I guess it’s just a different perspective.

      A lot of people might not care about what Sarah Silverman thinks, but it’s a story that came up that related the PC issue to comedy. And as a comic, how the topic relates to comedy is primarily what I find interesting about it.

      Cheers!

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  8. I feel relatively confident that you’ve had to have seen this before, but I’ll go ahead and ask anyways: have you happened to watch the South Park episode titled, “Stunning and Brave?” In terms of describing this sort of, “fervent political correctness” sweeping the nation, Trey Parker and Matt Stone are absolutely hilarious and accurate to a tee. I can see you identifying with Kyle Broflovski quite well in this episode (as I can, too). Anyways, really good work on this piece– I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

    Oh, and before I forget! I’ll just uh, leave this here:

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    1. No, actually I’ve only seen a few South Park episodes! For whatever reason I never got into it. Funny, though – it seems I always remind people of South Park! Haha I like the video…I’ll have to get into the show more. My brother might have been telling me about the same episode the other day.

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