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#1 Old 03-26-2006, 11:37 PM
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Does the subject of a joke make it more or less acceptable to you?



To me it doesn't matter. Nothing is sacred.
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#2 Old 03-27-2006, 12:50 AM
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No, but alot of offensive-type jokes rely on discomfort with the subject, which is not funny. I appreciate a clever joke no matter what it's about.
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#3 Old 03-27-2006, 01:48 AM
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Yeah, some subjects are definately unacceptable for me. Stuff like racism, sexism, jokes about 'retarded' people....even that word is wrong to me.
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Jokes about my momma.
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If the joke is good then the subject doesn't matter. Even jokes making fun of women, veg*ns, my ancestry, etc. If its good...let me hear it

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Some jokes just aren't funny with certain subjects. It's more of the shock value that they're being told for.



Did a Kurt Vonnegut book inspire this? "A man without a country" or something like that? I tried to read it (and found I don't like Vonnegut), and he brought this up.
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To me it doesn't matter. Nothing is sacred.





Same here
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#8 Old 03-27-2006, 10:06 AM
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Did a Kurt Vonnegut book inspire this? "A man without a country" or something like that? I tried to read it (and found I don't like Vonnegut), and he brought this up.



No . . . never heard of him.
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#9 Old 03-27-2006, 11:25 AM
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Yeah, some subjects are definately unacceptable for me. Stuff like racism, sexism, jokes about 'retarded' people....even that word is wrong to me.



I agree with this.

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#10 Old 03-27-2006, 12:05 PM
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The subject matter doesn't make a joke unacceptable but intent is quite important to me, personally.



For instance: Random guy behind me in the grocery checkout line telling a racist or sexist joke (this has actually happened)= gross. A friend telling the same joke could be amusing. The difference is that when I laugh with a friend about a sensitive subject, I know it's more of a commentary on the people who actually believe that way or the stereotype. We are laughing at the absurdity rather than a "truth".
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Humor is always subjective.



Even racism and sexism are funny subjects in the proper context.



Real humor, even if it is shocking, serves a purpose. It allows people to gain perspective. Real humor is also not based in malice or hatred, but from a desire to share with like minded people, or to help cope and deal with messed up situations.



So, no, nothing is off limits.
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Same here



Even Catholicism?

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Even Catholicism?





Oh don't make me bust out some priest jokes. Irish priest jokes!
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The subject matter doesn't make a joke unacceptable but intent is quite important to me, personally.



For instance: Random guy behind me in the grocery checkout line telling a racist or sexist joke (this has actually happened)= gross. A friend telling the same joke could be amusing. The difference is that when I laugh with a friend about a sensitive subject, I know it's more of a commentary on the people who actually believe that way or the stereotype. We are laughing at the absurdity rather than a "truth".



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Jokes about my momma.



An Irish priest, a rabbi and Medesha's momma walk into a bar...



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#16 Old 03-29-2006, 07:52 AM
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I don't have to discriminate between jokes because I don't consider jokes, as a category, to be funny and thus don't want to hear them.

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#17 Old 03-29-2006, 07:54 AM
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Real humor is also not based in malice or hatred, but from a desire to share with like minded people, or to help cope and deal with messed up situations.

I remember that Freud said that jokes are a socially acceptable way to express aggression, so I'm not sure.

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#18 Old 03-29-2006, 08:03 AM
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Real humor is also not based in malice or hatred, but from a desire to share with like minded people . . .

Those don't necessarily contradict each other.
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I laugh at everything. I can turn everything into a joke...if I didn't I probably would have slit my wrists a long time ago
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The subject matter doesn't make a joke unacceptable but intent is quite important to me, personally.



For instance: Random guy behind me in the grocery checkout line telling a racist or sexist joke (this has actually happened)= gross. A friend telling the same joke could be amusing. The difference is that when I laugh with a friend about a sensitive subject, I know it's more of a commentary on the people who actually believe that way or the stereotype. We are laughing at the absurdity rather than a "truth".



How do you know that your random guy isn't actually giving a "commentary on the people who actually believe that way or the stereotype", or are you and your friends the only people who can do that?



I sometimes feel uncomfortable laughing at certain jokes, but I can't pretend that I haven't heard some very "offensive" jokes which are also extremely funny.
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