Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Rape can/can’t be funny

Raybon Kan’s rape jokes at the Comedy Festival offended a few people. It got them upset. It made them write posts like this one at The Hand Mirror:  “Dear comedians... we need to talk about rape.”

There are some basic rules of thumb about what is and isn’t funny, says the post, and rape isn’t on the funny side of those rules.

Trouble is, comedians disagree with her. George Carlin, for instance:

Lots of groups in this country want to tell you how to talk.
Tell you what you can't talk about. Well, sometimes they'll say, well you can talk about something but you can't joke about it.
Say you can't joke about something because it's not funny. Comedians run into that shit all the time.
Like rape. They'll say, "you can't joke about rape. Rape's not funny."
I say, "fuck you, I think it's hilarious. How do you like that?"
I can prove to you that rape is funny…


  1. "On peut rire de tout mais avec n'importe qui."


    You would love Desproges, Peter.

  2. Sorry!

    "on peut rire de tout mais PAS avec n'importe qui."

  3. That is right there are jokes that are appropriate and inappropriate. By the way, this blog is informative and up to date. Thanks for posting.


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