Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Laugh it up, Mr. Sensitivity

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So, this weekend I was watching Jerry Seinfeld get The Comedian Award on HBO. Most of the show consisted of a panel of comedians (Garry Shandling, Chris Rock, Robert Klein and Seinfeld) talking about the highs and lows of their profession while they alternately ribbed and heaped praise on each other. They were moderated by Anderson Cooper.

Hey, I liked Seinfeld. I've also seen Jerry Seinfeld perform live, and I thought he was even funnier doing standup than he was on his show. The Comedian Award was fairly entertaining, and very funny in parts.

Near the end, all the men talked about their upcoming projects. Jerry Seinfeld mentioned his upcoming animated film, Bee Movie, which he researched, wrote, and does a voice for.

Anderson Cooper asked him, "I guess you really got into the whole bee thing," to which Seinfeld replied, "Yeah, I found the whole thing fascinating. I researched everything, visited apiaries, you name it. Bee society is superior to ours in every way, you know. They have no murder, no crime, no rape...well, they have rape, but not bad rape."

Uh, yeah. 'Cause you know what's really funny, you guys? Rape.

Nice job, Jer. You have a daughter, don't you? Wake the fuck up, dude.

Yeah, ok, he was talking about bees, but what kills me is that a genuinely talented comedian would resort to that shit - the lowest common denominator. Readers, I laugh every day, but my funny bone refuses to be tickled by a man making a rape joke. I know women who've been raped (most people do). Men making jokes about rape is pure, unadulterated assholery, for very obvious reasons. Still, some men just do not get it. Rape is a throwaway joke, an easy laugh.

I can hear the apologists saying, "Where's your sense of humor? You're so uptight! Lighten up."

Sorry, I laugh when something's funny.

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Blogger Jennifer said...

Speaking of, I just read some more "oh yeah, rape is so funny" stuff over here: http://media.nymag.com/docs/07/05/070507snl.pdf


9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rape is NEVER something to make light of, especially when it takes a village to convict a rapist.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Jennifer, I remember reading that article when it first came out. SNL was a real frathouse back then. It had lost almost all of its original edge...although, I could watch the Chippendale's skit with Chris Farley every day for the rest of my life and laugh just as hard every time.

Anon, even a village isn't enough to convict, most of the time. That's why I get so pissed off when people joke about it.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I would think George Carlin (among many others) would beg to differ that rape jokes can't be funny. Of course they can. A joke is a joke, it does not equal condoning people raping each other. If this is what you deduce from a comedian doing a bit about rape, then YOU are the one with a rapists mind, imho. It's great that you laugh at funny things, but please do not be an asshole who thinks they get to decide what others are allowed to think is funny. Thanks! :)

Also a more coarse response: "Bwaaaaaaaa, I know people who have died, thus noone can do comedy about dying or old age or diseases or depression or neurosis or violence or bad things!"

3:02 PM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Hey Anon -
Don't like readinng my opinion? Stay off my blog. Nobody forces you to come here. Please do not be an asshole who thinks they get to decide whose opinion is more valid.

Thanks! : )

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ginger, don't like disagreeing opinions posted on your blog? Don't have a comments section...

6:22 PM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Don't like being told off for being an ass on my blog? Get lost.

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Christ, Anonymous...
Can you explain why Jerry's joke was funny in any way? Or are you just being a douchebag for the hell of it?

7:37 PM  

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