Comedian’s Performance Triggers Hysterical Students at George Washington U.
“poking fun at mental illness and marginalized communities”
Some major comedians like Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock will no longer play colleges and this is why.
The College Fix reports:
George Washington U. event proves yet again why comedians should avoid colleges
Sooner or later no comedian will agree to a performance at a university because the hypersensitive politically correct “offense meters” are in operation 24-7.
The latest example comes from George Washington University where the opening act for former “Daily Show” correspondent Hasan Minhaj caused some typical paroxysms of social justice self-righteous indignation.
Thomas Dale, who, according to The Hatchet, has worked at HBO, Comedy Central, and “The Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” and describes himself as a “bigender, bisexual Italian-American from New York.” According to The Hatchet’s Renee Pineda, unfortunately Dale had the audacity to poke fun at his own demographic during his act.
“Dale’s jokes heavily relied on making misogynistic comments and poking fun at mental illness and marginalized communities,” Pineda writes. “[S]tudents and alumni in attendance had to sit through a comedian who used transgender women as the punchline of a joke.”
Worse, audience members who booed Dale for these transgressions were “chastised” by the comedian.
From the story:
Dale told his hecklers that he could make this joke because he was bigender and because he had a history of mental illness and self-harm. He insisted that it was just a joke. But that’s not how comedy or life works.
Political correctness and comedy aren’t two mutually exclusive things. Successful comedians, including Minhaj, John Mulaney and Ali Wong often make risky jokes – but they don’t rely on minorities as a punchline. Even though I am Filipino-American, it doesn’t excuse me from making racist or xenophobic jokes. Jokes that rely on a community to be hurt aren’t good jokes. …
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“but they don’t rely on minorities as a punchline”
Gee, I wonder who they rely on.
Good Lord! I was raised a Catholic (I escaped as soon as I could), I’m Irish, redheaded, freckled, skinny, and had buck teeth as a kid. Do you think I never got made fun of or heard Catholic/Irish/redhead/freckle/skinny and buck teeth jokes? “Kiss me, Buck Teeth, my tonsils itch” and “She swallowed an olive and five guys left town” are two of the many jokes that came my way. Rather than making me mad, it gave me the capacity to laugh at myself and not take life so seriously. I realize that minorities don’t feel like it’s the same thing, but if you’ve ever been a skinny, redheaded, freckled, buck toothed kid, you know what being marginalized feels like.
Dale told his hecklers that he could make this joke because he was bigender and because he had a history of mental illness and self-harm.
Oh, hogwash. Freedom of speech isn’t something you have to justify. And if you try, you’ve already lost to your attackers. Jokes, or apologies—take your pick, and let your audience take theirs.
The goal of the Dems/Progs is to CONTROL everything. Political Correctness is among the first things on the way to thought control. They want to make something so offensive as to keep someone from thinking it. Large segments of the population cannot even say out loud certain words. Always remember: it’s all about control. Always, all the time.
No one forced these snowflakes to attend the show – they have a perfect right to boo or pressure their student council not to rebook the act. They don’t have a right to act as if they’ve had PTSD inflicted upon them via watching a bad comedy show.
These snowflakes wouldn’t have survived the 60’s & 70’s, back before PC ruined the comedy world.
“bigender, bisexual …”
So it’s penis on, penis off depending upon the situation?
“She swallowed an olive and five guys left town”
Took me a while to get that one much to my shame.
The complete joke is “she was so skinny that every time she swallowed an olive 5 guys would leave town.”