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so all they joke about is race 
10th-Dec-2008 07:35 pm

How come everytime one of my American friends link me a standup act on youtube it's all jokes about race? Jokes about blacks and Mexicans and asians... I am not offended by this because race is a touchy subject. It's more just how unoriginal and easy it is to joke about this crap. Not very clever at all...

And I am not saying all humor has to have several levels to be funny to me (I love Family Guy, and you don't get much more flat than that), but when it's all the time it's worth at least a rant in my livejournal.
10th-Dec-2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
It's because America is obsessed with race.

People hardly ever bring up the fact that I'm Asian here in Britain but it's like the centre of conversation at times with my Amerikaner friends.

Still love em, but wish some of them would ignore the melanin content in my skin..
10th-Dec-2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
You're Asian? Shit I thought you were just really dirty.

But yes, race is very important in a different way over there I think.
10th-Dec-2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
Family Guy rocks!
10th-Dec-2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
10th-Dec-2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
That picture up there is interesting. Does that "doll" have a huge cock?

11th-Dec-2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
No it's just some fabric stuff I think. Nice catch, pervert :p
10th-Dec-2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
It's the shitty American way of dealing with how horrific the race divide is. It's like the way you joke about something that upsets you. It used to be a shocking thing to mention race or sexism in a comedy act, and now it's just old hat. I can't stand it. It's not funny, and the offensiveness isn't taken into consideration. It's just old, like you said.

I'm all for thought-provoking and clever comedy, like the show Extras, but I definitely love the flat asinine stuff like Family Guy. :)

I really love South Park, though. They've gotten so political and ridiculous that it's just amazing.
11th-Dec-2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
South Park is clever yea! Those people make fun of everybody.
10th-Dec-2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
I don't mind jokes about race if they're funny and let everyone laugh at themselves. Russell Peters is good. He's an Indian guy from Toronto and his audiences are really mixed. But it's definitely about race:


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10th-Dec-2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
I like how the person above me apparently ignored everything you just said and sent you yet another unfunny Youtube video link.
10th-Dec-2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
The point is, it's about race without being racist, and I made that clear, so you're welcome to just ignore it rather than making rude comments, okay?
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10th-Dec-2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
I don't like racial jokes that are too blatant. I prefer humor that is more subtle and makes you think.
11th-Dec-2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Well not only, but yes :)
10th-Dec-2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
I can't agree that Family Guy is flat -- there's lots of physical comedy, sure, but it's also about political and social satire (including race jokes) and above all a deep love of American TV and pop culture. I like to think of the show as one of the best things "we Americans" have to offer!
11th-Dec-2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
I just...disagree :P
10th-Dec-2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
they joke about race because it makes them feel as if they have risen above that part of their history, and lets them think they are denouncing people who are still racist.
tsunami is close when she says "It's the shitty American way of dealing with how horrific the race divide is"
i would qualify that by saying it is simply easier for some people to Joke about racism than to get off their arses and DO something about it.
11th-Dec-2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
Yes maybe...
11th-Dec-2008 12:45 am (UTC) - Racial bias
Growing up near a University (upstate NY), with a large graduate programs, I played with the children of the students. I had friends from all over the world who opened my eyes to their cultures, religion and best of all cullinary cuisine. At a young age I didn't see them for their skin color but for who they were inside. They were my friends.
Going to elementary school there was a lot of racial bias towards my friends even from the teachers. As an adult I still have the same attitude. In my workplace, we have people from Haiti, Cambodia, India, China, Japan, Kenya, Mexico...we all joke around, but never about race. This week it's a fart machine under the office Christmas tree. Anyway, not all Americans are biased against race. But many are and will always be, including several of my relatives. It all depends on your upbringing. Let's not forget sexism. I have a boss who would rather quit that have a female as his supervisor. Do racial jokes bother me? Yeah, because I still remember the hurt in the faces of my friends.
11th-Dec-2008 10:37 pm (UTC) - Re: Racial bias
I see what you mean, but it's not really what I'm saying here . I'm not bothered that this or that is "racist". I just think it's unoriginal and not very clever...
11th-Dec-2008 12:57 am (UTC)
Hugs, I like all sorts of humor, but really, that's the most funny crap out there, more clever humor or observation is more funny to me, like George Carlin etc.
11th-Dec-2008 01:00 am (UTC) - Opps
I hate when I forget to log on, and next time with the friends send them some funny humor, or comedians you like
11th-Dec-2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Well I'm proud to say that I'm one American who hates all those comedians that solely play with racial jokes, or have racial jokes at all! They've been joking about race since the damned 1400's.
11th-Dec-2008 10:38 pm (UTC)

"the damned 1400's" :p
11th-Dec-2008 03:05 am (UTC)
I have a friend in my class who's from Korea. He makes all sorts of racial jokes, so for Christmas, one of the other people in my class gave him a bag of rice. It was hilarious, and he thought so too. I think it's fun when people can make light of differences. We don't have to be color blind, just enjoy how we are different!

Also I have like 70 episodes of Family Guy tivo'ed. I've seen every episode so many times that I just keep it on as background noise when I'm working.
11th-Dec-2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
I love Family Guy! I watch the episodes over and over. But I still don't think it is clever, like for example South Park or Arrested Development is.
11th-Dec-2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
Because, unlike the Nordic world, America has huge race issues to deal with and sometimes the only way to release all our frustrations with it is by laughing about it. Minority comedians like George Lopez or Margaret Cho have had to deal with racism their whole life. Coming from personal experience, I know that sometimes the best way to deal with such ignorance is to show all the racist assholes that their jokes don't affect you by saying the same jokes right back at them and celebrating those jokes. Because when minorities are making jokes about their communities it's not because they have disrespect for them but because they love those aspects about their communities. It brings color to our lives (seriously, no pun intended). It might not be deep humor, but it's important humor.
11th-Dec-2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
OK sure fine. I see what you are saying.

But I still think it is unoriginal, and I think maybe even counterproductive when it comes to fighting racism at this point. I mean they are not breaking boundaries anymore, they are just yapping about racial stereotypes...over and over again.
11th-Dec-2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
now, if you're referring to the white comedians who make jokes about other races . . . then I agree with you. That not only gets old, but it's detrimental to this country.
11th-Dec-2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
no, all of them
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