Look, I believe in sensitivity and tact and agree that all of the things listed above are in and of themselves deplorable, but humor is a means of processing and understanding the world, of rendering life as absurd even at its worst. Some of the best jokes I’ve ever heard used some of the subjects above. For centuries humorists have given the world some of the best, most insightful material by discussing things that were considered impossible to make jokes about. Yes, when people who are ignorant and unfunny try to make jokes about the horrible parts of our life and culture (I’m looking at you, Daniel Tosh), it’s offensive and disgusting, but to say that these things are somehow off-limits is to completely ignore why we as humans need humor.
Do you hear that, Lance?
That’s the sound of Tumblr’s finest social justice warriors stampeding, coming to skin us alive.
That’s what happens when you try to get between someone and the mighty buzz that comes with getting your righteous anger on.
(All that being said, I think the original sentiment was well-worded, saying “belittles” rather than “deals with,” the way some people tend to operate)
You know what’s funny? Dictating to me what I’m allowed to laugh at.
It means you think you know better than me what’s in my heart, or you think you are more capable than me to parse the deeper meaning in what I find humorous.
I’d much rather live in a society that laughs at its problems and uses humor to broach difficult subjects than the completely humorless, airless world envisioned by those that think that anything that makes us DIFFERENT from one another is completely off the table, humor-wise.
Racism is funny. Making over-arching generalizations about a complete stranger because of the color of their skin is RIDICULOUS, and it deserves to be laughed at. You can do that without belittling the struggle of millions of people, I think. You can do that while still recognizing and honoring the pain that racism has caused.
Laughing about pain heals it when someone is talented and insightful and funny enough to reframe that pain into something ridiculous.
That’s not the same as saying ignorant things to ignorant people to get a cheap laugh.