Dear Fellow Bloggers, * week 10*


This/Last week ( to tell you the truth I don’t actually remember) I learned about comedy such as the types of comedy and the techniques used to make things funny. One major thing that is quite important for comedy is this golden rule :  “You can’t mean and funny at the same time.”  However, despite sounding so straight forward, this rule has quite a smudge line. How can you tell when you’re being funny and when you’re being mean ? Sure, there are some more clearer examples such as racist jokes being a big no because they are offensive but some jokes aren’t as clear. For example, in 2011 there was a controversy with the video game Portal 2. There was a joke in the game where an A.I made fun of the character for being a orphan. As said by the character himself : “All right, so that last test was seriously disappointing. Apparently, being civil isn’t motivating you, so, let’s try it her way, all right, fatty? Adopted… fatty! Fatty fatty no parents?” Seems quite harmless right ? The way the crude insults and taunts was said seemed to be mocking the A.I’s intelligence more then orphans and adopted children.( If you couldn’t tell, the A.I’s intelligence isn’t that high if the best insult he could make was combing the word ‘fat’ and ‘ no parents’.) However, a father found this joke to be quite offensive because he has an adopted daughter. He felt it was a personal attack on his daughter and on other adopted children. Overall, the rule about not being mean and funny at the same time might be a lie. It seems that even if you try to make a joke as innocent as possible, someone out there is going to find it offensive. 


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