Some subjects aren't funny.
|Posted: 20 July 2018 at 4:44pm | IP Logged | 8
Sorry, but I call bullshit.
There have been an endless stream of jokes about subjects that aren't funny: priests molesting children, cancer, the Holocaust ... Ever heard a dead baby joke? Because we used to tell them at school daily - and I went to Catholic school. 'How do you make a dead baby float?' 'One scoop ice cream, one scoop dead baby.' WAKA WAKA.
By today's standard, apparently I have to convince people I'm not a cannibal.
I was at a comedy club a couple weeks ago where a group of comedians, name comedians to some degree, were working out some new bits. The most common themes: school shootings and #MeToo. So dead kids and rape. Did people laugh? Most of the time. A couple jokes didn't quite work, went too far or hadn't found the right punchline. A couple times it even got a little awkward. But no one clutched their pearls and stormed out either. Comedy is often in really bad taste.
This isn't to say Gunn's jokes were funny. They weren't, but that's immaterial. Disney knew about this years ago. He publically apologized for it six years ago. Everyone had moved on until he pissed off the wrong people and they went after him. And today, unlike six years ago, Disney feels obligated to take action.
Let's be honest, though - had a random FOX news anchor posted this sort of thing, James Gunn would have been one of the ones torch in hand calling for their head. But someone turned the tactic against him and he got burned. It's too bad for a lot of reasons, but very few of those reasons have to do with the perceived taste of the jokes in question.
Edited by John Popa on 20 July 2018 at 4:49pm