Saturday, June 18, 2011

Comedy, equality, "political correctness" and crossing the line

Everyone's talking about Tracy Morgan's hateful performance at a Tennessee club, plus Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes and Louis C.K.'s responses to the controversy surrounding said performance. There's been a lot of talk about the art of comedy and what free speech means. I've explored comedy and its relation to equality issues, free speech and so-called political correctness before, so rather than explore these issues in a new post, I thought I'd gather some of my best posts on the subject of comedy in one place:

Comedy is not "equal-opportunity"

Conservatives, "political correctness" and the incredibly offensive unfunniness of "Saturday Night Live"

Talking racism, sexism with Ricky Gervais, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Louis C.K.

Who is allowed to laugh at black culture?

Et tu, Amy Poehler? What's so funny about desiring a big, black woman?

Save it for your therapist, Chris


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