Friday, January 2, 2009

Can you still call it a joke?

Before we get started I want you to look at this clip of Jamie Kennedy tearing into a heckler. Go ahead and get your natural reaction and keep it in mind for this post.

(Hey!!! Did you go and look at the clip like I asked? No cheating!!!)

Often times when someone insults another person its because they want to embarass that person (who probably insulted them first). Well as we all know these days all too often jokes tend to "insult" their target by placing them in a group they may or may not be a part of. This is not a good thing.

If someone tells a woman that she "acts like a man" because she gets lost and is too stubborn to ask for directions the implication is that men not as humble as women when it comes to knowing when to ask for help.

If someone tells a man he is "acting like a woman" because he is scared by horror movies the implication is that women are more easily scared than men when it comes to a frieghtening situation.

Keep that in mind as you check this out over at Pam's House Blend.

Its a clip of Kathy Griffin's response to a heckler that shouted at her during the New Year's celebration she hosted with Anderson Cooper. Her response to the heckling is:

"Screw you," "Why don't you get a job, buddy? You know what? I don't go to your job and knock the d- - - out of your mouth."

Yes "d - - -" is dick.

Now given who we're talking about, what was said, and the context of most insults I think it's pretty easy to say that she was trying to imply that either the guy is homosexual or that he performs homosexual acts for money.

I'm sure someone would defend her remarks with, "She was only talking about him being unemployed!" (and probably throw in some comment about how she, as a woman, what putting a man in his place). Does that mean unemployed people are funny? I've been unemployed and even though I was fortunate enough to have a home to return to that shit was not funny.

So I have a few questions:
1. Does this mean that Kathy Griffin insulted homosexual men, male sex workers who have male customers, and unemployed people?

2. To those of you that think Griffin's reaction was funny but Kennedy's was offensive, am I missing something? If so what is it?

3. To those of you that think Griffin's reaction was offensive but Kennedy's was funny, am I missing something? If so what is it?

1 comment:

victoria said...

My guess is that Griffin was assuming the guy heckling her was straight, and by insinuating he engaged in homosexual acts, she was playing on the stereotypical straight guy's worst fear: to be thought of as gay.