Political Correctness

Outrage Over Children's Book Parody Will Simply Feed Culture War Further

The cure for bad speech is more speech. The cure for bad jokes is … maybe better jokes?

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When I was in high school back in the 1980s the original "political correctness" and the "political incorrectness" backlash appeared to arrive nearly simultaneously. We had language policing (in a way that seems tame compared to what's going on now), and in defiance, the likes of Andrew Dice Clay.

Bookstores openly carried collections of "politically incorrect" joke books about various ethnicities and cultural subgroups that were both terribly popular and based on offensive stereotypes. I remember reading one joke from a book a student had brought with him to class about Mexicans, only to be told by a fellow student (who was Mexican) that it was terribly racist. That was the end of my adventures with those books, but they persisted for a while as an open show of opposition to the leftist academic push for more cultural sensitivity.

It's worth reminding that what's going on culturally right now with politically correct language police is hardly new, nor is a defensive embrace of the deliberately offensive. Today there's an outrage story about an offensive (to some) book, but it has some new millennium twists.

I have no idea how many people would have heard of Bad Little Children's Books before it became the focus of the latest outrage. The "book" is a series of parodies of children's book covers. They're deliberately designed to be offensive. According to the publisher, Abrams, and the book's author, under the pen name of the fictitious Arthur C. Gackley, the offensive covers were designed to mock "biases, stereotypes, and intolerance through the prism of questionable taste and dark humor."

We can guess what happened when social media got their hands on it. Individual book covers were shared separately from the totality of the book, and whatever "goal" the author might have intended with the parodies was lost.

But without defending the outrage-o-holics, it is really, really, really, really easy to misconstrue this "satire" as Clay-style "politically incorrect" jokes. Here's the parody cover that probably drew the most outrage:

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Abrams

It would not be so terribly unreasonable to look at that parody cover and assume that its creator was actually intending for the joke to pander in anti-Muslim stereotypes, not to mock them.

Abrams initially defended the book, but the author has decided to ask them to stop publishing the book. Abrams agreed.

In another time, this book would have simply wallowed and died in the highly oversaturated novelty market, all those little highly disposable "humor" books sold on the cheap. Frankly, it's surprising that this Bad Little Children's Book is a book at all and not just a Tumblr account.

But now is the time for being loudly, publicly angry at things that are stupid and so we have a "It's Not Funny. It's Racist," from Kelly Jensen at BookRiot. That headline itself sounds like the punchline of a knock-knock joke designed to mock the politically correct crowd. Despite saying at the top that she finds "dark humor to be something wildly enjoyable," her snarky responses to each cover illuminating her distaste ("Parental alcohol abuse is, indeed, a barrel of laughs. Especially for children impacted by it.") suggests that, no, she doesn't find dark humor enjoyable at all.

Mind you, I don't find any of the covers funny either and agree with Jensen that this crap brings nothing new to the table, but I am not going to even feign clutching my pearls at the idea of finding humor in alcoholic mommies (and my mother was an actual addict). Once we veer into the ethnically insensitive stuff is when the outrage boils over:

It'd be easy for certain sectors of our culture to say that we're too concerned about being PC; that humor like this is meant to be a satire on how wound up we all are about being correct and kind toward people. The reality is we've never been that culture and we'll never be that culture — certainly, we'll never be that culture with a xenophobic, racist, misogynist talking Cheeto in the White House who wants to begin a Muslim registry and who has incited violence, hatred, and bigotry to spread unabashedly throughout the USA.

What looks like "humor" here is the reality of how a big swath of our society views humans who are not white and/or are Muslim and/or are in any other way "Other" from the white, privileged, cis-het, penis-bearing norm.

This "humor" adds to the misinformation, adds to the hatred, and ultimately, makes living in this society more frustrating, difficult, and dangerous for so many. And this "humor" is the kind of garbage that needs to be eliminated at all levels, particularly in publishing.

So by talking about the book in these terms, Jensen is ironically enough, putting out a battle-cry to draw the attention to Donald Trump's supporters and voters to defend the book, even though the book's own creator says the point of it was to mock those people.

There is a great discussion possible here about how hard it is to use visual language for satire or parody purposes in a heavily fragmented, digitized society where imagery gets taken apart distributed piecemeal, misrepresented (sometimes deliberately), and appropriated in different ways.

But we can't have a discussion like that when everybody is stuck in culture war signaling. Her demand that publishing bow to her views of what sort of humor should be in the world is particularly absurd. Right now just typing "politically incorrect jokes" at Amazon lands me eight pages of matches. And that's traditional publishing. With social media and self-publishing, everybody's a parodist.

Cultural outrage often encourages defensiveness, not analysis. Certainly the way Jensen has decided to describe American culture is absolutely not for the purposes of creating discussion or debate. The ultimate irony here is that she is helping create the audience for a type of work that she loathes. And ultimately she's likely to see more of it from people who are doing it just to spite her and people like her.

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  1. My 8 yo boy only likes books with fart jokes.

      1. Problematic

        1. Not Okay.

          1. Perhaps we could have the book criminalized, along with such sordid works as the “Letters of Obscure Men”? If we try hard enough, we can always find a good legal pretext. Clearly, for example, the book damages many reputations, a key factor that appellate courts will, when necessary, even apply retroactively. Surely no one here would dare to defend the “First Amendment dissent” of a single, isolated judge in America’s leading criminal “satire” case? See the documentation at:

            http://raphaelgolbtrial.wordpress.com/

            1. Happy Burkaday to you, too, Timmy!

      2. Masculinity is a social construct, not a genetic one.

        (Except for that time where a baby boy’s penis was fried off during a botched circumcision and he was raised as a girl only to reject the “social construct” of being a female as he matured. That experiment totally never happened.)

        1. I’m referring to David Reimer by the way, in case any of you haven’t read or watched documentaries about what happened. I assume that most people have.

          Fuck John Money, by the way. Just getting that out there.

    1. I’m guessing that he, like my 8 y.o. boy, loves the Captain Underpants series

      1. My fav as a child!

      2. My son loved those!

    2. Well that stinks.

    3. As someone that identifies as trans-flatulent, I find this deeply offensive.

  2. This is exactly the time to come up with more things like these parodies – to get the SJW’s so distracted by outrage, so paralyzed by indecision as to which outrage is the worst that they will dither themselves into ineffectiveness. Or perhaps exit the marketplace of ideas by whatever means.

    Also, these seem to hearken back to the Cautionary Tales of the 1800’s which featured infinite variations on the same basic theme, ending “and the bad little children were eaten by bears.” Yes, they seriously had things like that.

    1. Or perhaps exit the marketplace of ideas by whatever means

      SJW communes would be hilarious. I’d watch a TV show about it (actually probably I wouldn’t, but someone else should and then give me the highlights!)

      1. I thought there were still some hippie communes around?

      1. “The Disobedient Daughter Who Married a Skull”

        How can you not buy that book?

        1. Read it for yourself. It’s all about the horrors of exogamy.

          1. Thanks. Not cool Skull’s mom.

      1. Okay, while we’re at it, the professionally outraged in the Netherlands are trying to get Zwarte Piet, Sinterklaas’s sidekick, banned because racism! A considerable number of the Dutch are angry at this. Fat lot of good it will probably do them, not least because the EU Court of Human Rights (motto: Nothing is too silly to warrant our attention) will probably weigh in.

  3. Parental alcohol abuse is, indeed, a barrel of laughs. Especially for children impacted by it.

    If those kid’s drunk parents are anything like my drunk friends then it’s probably a riot.

  4. Parental alcohol abuse is, indeed, a barrel of laughs. Especially for children impacted by it.

    If those kid’s drunk parents are anything like my drunk friends then it’s probably a riot.

    1. Yeah, I would think how funny parental alcohol abuse is would depend on what kind of drunk one’s parents are, Everyone always seems to assume angry drunks, but if they’re funny drunks it really could be hilarious growing up with them.

      1. And if they are high-functioning drunks, it could be pretty normal.

    2. Either way, I’m pretty sure I’d put sober child abuse lower on my ‘Comedy Goldmines’ list.

  5. I think it’s terrible that people are being forced to buy and read books that offend them.

    1. This is why freedom is bad.

      1. Something must be done. If we put people who are easily offended into solitary confinement with no media and no human interaction and no food or water maybe they could finally be happy. Seems cruel not to.

        1. Voluntary internment camps!

          1. Just put a wall around the university campuses and you’ll catch most of them. Throw the rest inside and cut the power.

            1. I know! We’ll just burn the books. /tyrants

            2. And I bet you can get the students to pay for the wall!

              1. “And I bet you can get the student’s parents to pay for the wall!”
                FTFY

  6. I don’t know who Kelly Jensen is, but fuck her with a medieval mace.

    1. Whaton earth did that poor mace do to you?

    2. I was just about to comment on what an awful twat-rash she is.

  7. I don’t think anyone understood that Hitler was actually a stand-up comedian. The German people just made the mistake of taking him seriously. /true story!

    1. Speaking of German Chancellors. I think one of them read this book.

      http://hotair.com/archives/201…..burqa-ban/

      1. She should talk to Trump about how to keep her job.

      2. Just yesterday wasn’t she advising women to wear burkhas? I guess the wind changed direction.

        1. Clearly she wants people to violate the ban and get fined to help pay for the costs of importing all of these non-contributing persons.

    2. As they say in India, “that’s not funny, it’s Sikh.”

    3. What is the deal with Jewish bankers ? Amirite ? And then there’s the Gypsies. What’s up with that ?

      1. What is the deal with Jewish bankers ?

        6% APR if you take the loan out in shekels.

        And then there’s the Gypsies. What’s up with that ?

        We tried to ask, but the envoy got hexed.

        1. I mean, what’s the deal with all this ash in my lungs? And the gold teeth… how am I supposed to spend these? Have you ever found a coffeeshop in Berlin that will take teeth? Have you ever tried to deposit them in an ATM? It’s chaos. Chaos!

          1. Coffeeshop? You must be a communist.

            1. You know as little about Seinfeld as you do about dressing yourself.

              1. While I openly admit to finding the comedian himself mediocre and the show bearing his name to have been insuffereable since it first aired, the fact that I have a boring fashion sense is entirely unrelated.

                1. Is anyone surprised that UCS doesn’t like Seinfeld?

          2. You anti-dentite.

        2. -1lb. Flesh

      2. He invaded Poland because the prime minister heckled him during his Warsaw show.

  8. “It’d be easy for certain sectors of our culture to say that we’re too concerned about being PC; that humor like this is meant to be a satire on how wound up we all are about being correct and kind toward people.”

    Nothing says “kind toward people” like running people out of their jobs, ruining their livelihoods, etc.

    1. In honor of sarcasmic, pbuh: Tolerance means not tolerating intolerance. These books are intolerant. So in the name of tolerance, they must not be tolerated.

      1. Well done.

        I hope things are progressing more in his favor than when I last read about him.

        1. I haven’t heard. What’s going on with sarc?

          1. Wife left him and more recently he quit drinking so that his life wouldn’t completely fall apart is the last I heard.

            1. And his wife sicced the CPS on him.

    2. Nothing says “kind toward people” like running people out of their jobs, ruining their livelihoods, etc.

      When PC SJWs talk about being “kind toward people” they’re talking about free shit for various victim groups. Cis-hetero white male shitlord oppressors aren’t people to them, so there’s no need to be kind to them.

  9. [Trump] has incited violence, hatred, and bigotry to spread unabashedly throughout the USA

    [citation needed]

    1. It’s the Heckler’s Veto, writ large.

      1. News outlets are reporting this shit with a straight face. It grows less amusing by the day.

        1. It’s utterly confounding that the press, right in the middle of needing to show its value more than ever before, doubles down on current politics at its own expense.

          1. God bless ’em, they don’t know any better. Don’t anyone clue them in.

  10. This book is aimed at humorlesss imbeciles, and what do you know, one has come along, seen the shoe, and is loudly announcing that it fits.

  11. Bookstores openly carried collections of “politically incorrect” joke books about various ethnicities and cultural subgroups that were both terribly popular and based on offensive stereotypes.

    Not according my anecdotal experience of high school in the 80’s. I don’t remember even seeing any such books in bookstores, so I certainly don’t remember them being terribly popular. Someone did bring “the fart book” to class once though.

    I do remember the Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes being terribly popular at bookstores, in fact on display in the front with the bestsellers. Are those racist yet?

    1. A little white boy living a clearly upper-middle-class life, afforded luxuries like a boundless outback frontier to exercise his imagination without worrying about all the dangers of urban decay? His stay-at-home mom, depicted as a humorless busybody? His clearly misogynistic hostility to his girl neighbor?

      At the very least those books are insensitive toward people with schizophrenia.

      1. His father was a patent lawyer. PRIVILEGE!!

      2. I don’t remember constant self-flagellation over his cisheterowhite privilege, so yeah, toats racist

      3. At the very least those books are insensitive toward people with schizophrenia.

        Yep.

    2. I remember such books, and I attended high school in the 1980s. There was a series of them that I can’t recall the name of–really offensive stuff.

      1. I believe the title was “Truly Tasteless Jokes”.

        1. Oh I do remember that one. But remember mainly gross jokes involving topics like dead babies. I guess those also demonstrates the widespread popularity and flagrant open support for infanticide in that generation.

          1. There were also the “Mommy, Mommy!” jokes. Something awful happens, kid yells “Mommy, mommy! X horrible thing just happened!” and the mother tells the kid to shut up and do something awful.There were a bunch of them but I only remember one.

            Mommy, mommy, the dog is on fire!

            Shut up and go get the marshmallows.

            Which isn’t remotely funny to me as a 40 year old man, but 11 year old me in 1987 thought they were a scream. They fit in nicely with the popularity of the Garbage Pail Kids cards.

          2. “100 Ways to Kill Your Girlfriend’s Cat”… Why was there no criminal investigation of those violent conspiracies?

    3. Oh, they were there. It was a thing for a while. I probably still have some around somewhere.

    4. Before that, in the 70s, Wacky Packages were hugely popular among my fellow middle-school students in two different school districts I attended. Wacky Packages, which I believe are still available today, tastelessly mocked famous brand products with stickers included with a playing-card-sized sheet of bubble gum. “Commie” cleanser, “Cap’n Crud” cereal, some brand’s “Barf Stew”, numerous takes on cigarette brands, and many other often disgusting stickers adorned kids’ binders. As I recall, Aunt Jemima got some predictably racist treatments.

      There were plenty of joke books coming out during the 80s, too. The “101 Uses for a Dead Cat” series made a good gift for my mom one year. While not racist, they weren’t exactly high-brow humor. One use for a dead cat was using its anus for a pencil sharpener, for example.

      Somehow, we survived such a culture. Although I still walk through supermarket aisles with my son twisting brand names into marketing department nightmares for his amusement.

      1. also Garbage Pail kids.

  12. “It would not be so terribly unreasonable to look at that parody cover and assume that its creator was actually intending for the joke to pander in anti-Muslim stereotypes, not to mock them.”

    Or perhaps, taking due notice of the name of the fictitious author, it is not unreasonable to interpret the cover as a parody of a group of terrorists who murdered thousands of our fellow citizens while purporting to act in the name of Islam. Kind of like that Charlie Hedbo cover you may have heard about.

  13. ….certainly, we’ll never be that culture with a xenophobic, racist, misogynist talking Cheeto in the White House who wants to begin a Muslim registry and who has incited violence, hatred, and bigotry to spread unabashedly throughout the USA.

    So, in her entire little rant about cultural sensitivity, the first thing Jensen resorts to is dehumanizing someone she disagrees with.

    You know what? FUCK THESE PEOPLE! People have used dark humor to deal with sensitive subjects for centuries. And the last thing the world needs is another fat-assed book-banning piece of shit to lecture us on what we’re “allowed” to find funny.

    1. Yes, yes, yes, yes. Beat me to it.

  14. ….that humor like this is meant to be a satire on how wound up we all are about being correct and kind toward people.

    Kind? I dunno what planet this lady lives on, but “kind” is not a word I’d use to describe the PC crowd.

  15. My personal favorite is ‘Uncle Creepy’. It reminds me of the Bill Murray creepy uncle skit from SNL that seems to have fallen down the memory hole. Anyone else remember ‘Glass bottom boat’?

    If it’s not funny, why am I laughing? People need to learn to take themselves less seriously.

    1. I remember some of the 80s humor being based on material that made you laugh, but you felt guilty doing so. Like Sam.

    2. That wasn’t Bill Murray as the creepy uncle, it was Buck Henry.

  16. Nobody referenced the Baby Be of Use series?

    I got Baby Mix Me a Drink for my niece’s first birthday. My sister was mildly horrified until I told her it’s a perfect thing to regift for baby showers and then she liked it much better.

    1. I would re-title that book as Baby, Get Daddy His Medicine

  17. I just bought the book for my 8 year old nephew. He’ll love it!

  18. What a humorless tool. Kelly Jensen needs to get a life outside of writing outragticles.

    1. Did you read through her article? She is insufferable and a thoroughly brainwashed SJW. She is a walking, talking parody of SJW’s

      1. I even linked out to her past articles, such gems as:

        A YEAR OF READING ONLY WOMEN, A YEAR OF CHANGING MY LIFE

        40 NEW FEMINIST CLASSICS YOU SHOULD READ

        40 NEW FEMINIST CLASSICS YOU SHOULD READ

        12 COLORING PAGES TO DESTRESS ON ELECTION NIGHT

        1. Can you give me a rundown of the articles? I can’t figure out what she believes by only the headlines. I mean, is she Trump or Hillary supporter?

          1. I’m guessing harlequin romance. Typical chick stuff.

      2. Clicked on the link and saw her photo. Was not surprised.

    2. She has nothing else

        1. Well, sir, I daresay you hit the nail on the head on that one.

        2. The perfect response to Mz. Jensen?

          /Props to Rachel House, though…love her.

          1. Wait a minute; i’m beginning to smell a big fat commie rat. i think we’re being played. i don’t think this chick even exists. i think she’s a creation of the Onion, or National Lampoon, or something.

    3. I’m not sure why people think that funny and racist (or sexist or just in terrible taste) are mutually exclusive categories. If racism wasn’t funny, then black comedians wouldn’t basically have their own genre of comedy (not that all black comedians depend on racial humor, but most seem to).

      Sorry, you can’t just say that something isn’t funny. If I’m laughing, then it’s funny.

      I’m also utterly confused at how people use “hate”. It seems to just mean “being a dick” at this point.

      1. I’m also utterly confused at how people use “hate”.

        It’s definitely one of the most over used words in the English language today.

        1. And misused. Making bad jokes, or using racial slurs doesn’t make you hateful. But people seem to want “hate” just to mean saying certain things that people don’t like, regardless of one’s mental state.

      2. And black comedians often have an extensive repertoire of white guy jokes, complete with dweeby Midwestern-sounding voice. Which I don’t care about as a dweeby white guy, but I do wonder why one is acceptable and the other would not be.

  19. Those “parodies” are absolutely pitiful. This is how it’s supposed to be done:

    http://liartownusa.tumblr.com

    (NSFW warning: contains penises)

    1. Oh my god LiartownUSA is the best. If you really want to baffle your friends, post Apple Cabin Foods ads on your Facebook.

  20. The cure for bad jokes is ? maybe better jokes?

    But the kinds of people who get offended over bad jokes aren’t the kind of people who can come up with better jokes. That would require them to have a sense of humor in the first place Generally speaking, all they have is righteous indignation and rage.

    1. No, they’re the kind of people who are entertained by SNL skits of Hillary playing Hallelujah or people reporting Hillary sightings so they can run up and thank her.

    2. Bad jokes are ones that don’t make people laugh. Jokes in bad taste are often the funniest.

  21. Sometimes offensive is funny.

      1. It is possible to be offensive and lame.

        1. True. But offensive is frequently funny, even if it’s just in seeing the silly shit people get offended over.

  22. Am I the only one who thought that “Happy Burkaday” was funny?

    1. I thought it was one of the less funny ones. Maybe I’m just bored with the whole topic.

    2. I give that one 7.5/10.

  23. Despite saying at the top that she finds “dark humor to be something wildly enjoyable,” her snarky responses to each cover illuminating her distaste (“Parental alcohol abuse is, indeed, a barrel of laughs. Especially for children impacted by it.”) suggests that, no, she doesn’t find dark humor enjoyable at all.

    She probably finds dark humor that’s aimed at cis-hetero white male shitlords hilarious. Dark humor aimed at any of her cherished protected classes, not so much. And that’s kind of the problem with people like this. They’re more than willing to laugh at tasteless jokes that stereotype their “enemies” as all a bunch of dumb inbred hicks, for example, but imply that there;s anything funny about stereotypes of one of their victim classes and you better have a pearl necklace for her to clutch and a fainting couch handy.

    1. To be fair, that may be the only pearl necklace she ever gets.

      What???

  24. Such things are only funny so far as they hint reality. The closer they are to reality, the more comical they become.

    Who doesn’t remember the idioms: What do you call the paraplegic in the pool? Bob

    What do you say to the one legged hitchhiker? Hop In

    1. I thought ‘Bob’ was the quadrapelegic.

      1. Yeah, most of those are best with quadriplegics. The main exception being Skip, the paraplegic water skier.

    2. What do you call the paraplegic in the pool? Bob

      What do you call the paraplegic on the doorstep? Matt

      What do you call the paraplegic hanging on a wall? Art

      1. What do you call a man with no arms or legs (which is the way I remember hearing it) in a pile of leaves? Russell

        What do you call a man with no arms or legs on the bottom of the ocean? Sandy

  25. I also just bought “Go the F**k to Sleep”, “Nobody Likes a Cockblock” and “You have to F****** Sleep” for my nephews and nieces.

  26. Irreverence is highly underrated.

  27. And ultimately she’s likely to see more of it from people who are doing it just to spite her and people like her.

    I don’t think its so much spite, as people (myself included) don’t see Trumpism or anti-political correctness as as repulsive as Jensen and her ilk. It’s pretty obvious to anyone other than the social justice cadre circle jerk that these people aren’t resting their case on any universal principles of human decency or civility. To anyone who disagrees with them, or even happens to be a white, heterosexual, male, they don’t hesitate for a moment open up the spigots on pure, unvarnished hatred. And, as much as Donald Trump and the anti-PC brigades might have their own authoritarian streak, it’s a streak, as compared to the full-on totalitarian instincts of people like Jensen.

  28. Suzzie: Mrs Johnson, can Timmy come out to play baseball with us?

    Mrs Johnson. Suzzie, you know Timmy has no arms or legs!

    Suzzie: I know, but we need a third base.

  29. Paul Krassner was the Hustler editor responsible for the infamous Meatgrinder cover back in 1978.

    I think I’m immune to offensiveness after that and underground comix, National Lampoon, bloody pro wrestling mags and other lit atrocities.

  30. When we say that things that are racist can’t be funny, we’re making it a lot harder to make fun of racism.

    Blazing Saddles was making fun of racism.

    The Irish/Protestant sketch in Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life was making fun of bigotry.

    “I can wear a thingy on the end of my dingy if I want to. That’s what Protestantism is all about” was as funny as a Catholic family with 348 children–because it was using those stereotypes to make fun of the stereotypes themselves (and people who were killing each other in the streets at the time over these absurd issues).

    There’s a subtle difference between laughing because of racism and laughing at racists–and comedians necessarily need to wade through the former to set up the punchline.

    If we want to make people laugh at racism, which is probably the most effective way to combat it, you can’t kill the goose that lays those hilarious eggs.

    1. Until you look at the implications and underpinnings of much of the rationale and ideology of those pushing these speech codes. They are themselves almost shockingly racist people. ‘Almost’ simply because I am not shocked at this fact, but less jaded eyes might be.

    2. “There’s a subtle difference between laughing because of racism and laughing at racists”

      Exactly Ken. I have pointed out a number of times in the past that many people simply cant distinguish subtle concepts but the SJW crowd seems to be made up almost exclusively those kinds of people.

    3. Yeah, good point. I think that most racist jokes aren’t told by racists. They are told by people mocking racism.

      Racism is so ridiculous, how can you not laugh at it?

    4. And, as Mel Brooks sadly concluded, there’s no way in hell you could ever get a major studio to release Blazing Saddles today.

      Fun fact that you may not know (although some do) – although Richard Pryor was one of the writers and was supposed to play Sherriff Bart, Brooks couldn’t get the studio to go along with that. Pryor was considered too radical and edgy, which is how Clevon Little got the part.

  31. Je suis Arthur C. Gackley.

  32. To the left, it’s only ok to Stereotype white / male / straight / cisgendered people, and you can only tell jokes about those people.

    Jokes like the Burkahday are funny because there is a grain of inconvenient truth to them. For example, if I told a joke about how Asians eat Watermelon and Fried Chicken….

    1. For example, if I told a joke about how Asians eat Watermelon and Fried Chicken….

      We’d be in Japan, at a KFC. Unless you meant to point out the fact that these are in fact very popular there.

      1. I think I ate at a KFC in Kuala Lumpur, apropos of nothing.

        1. I ate at one in Thailand. It was packed with customers. The Thai love the Colonel, apparently.

          1. Hey, it’s fried chicken.

      2. Well, yeah, that’s because everybody loves fried chicken and watermelon.

    2. I think the thing about fried chicken is its past use by “real racists”, which then leads to unwritten speech codes where no one can joke about such a stereotype, whether they’re a racist or not. It’s stereotyping of racists, ironically. If racists began mock black people as liking big butts, perhaps that would become verboten too.

  33. Despite saying at the top that she finds “dark humor to be something wildly enjoyable,” her snarky responses to each cover illuminating her distaste (“Parental alcohol abuse is, indeed, a barrel of laughs. Especially for children impacted by it.”) suggests that, no, she doesn’t find dark humor enjoyable at all.

    Women are darkly humorous, get over it.

    1. “Every time Amy Schumer talks about her vagina, I lose my fucking mind.”

      1. I love that the current season of South Park’s most unexpected twist has been that Cartman hasn’t said or done a single awful or evil thing yet (unless you count the flashback to him insulting the new Ghostbusters film at a point before the season started). They had to make their bizarro world complete.

  34. It would not be so terribly unreasonable to look at that parody cover and assume that its creator was actually intending for the joke to pander in anti-Muslim stereotypes, not to mock them.

    What? No, actually it would be completely unreasonable. The name, the cover design – they all scream ‘parody’ not ‘secret anti-Muslim propaganda’..

  35. “It’s Not Funny. It’s Racist”

    First off, making fun of a religion isn’t racist. A religion that boasts over a billion and a half adherents is going to, by nature, be a pretty diverse mix of people. Blasphemy isn’t a crime (thank the FSM) and it shouldn’t be (fuck your God).

    Second, even if it were racist, I’ve laughed at tons of racist shit. Dave Chappelle is one such person who has said terrible (read: terribly funny) stuff about white people and I don’t get my panties in a twist over it. We’re all allowed to have our own opinions about what is funny.

    Finally, I think SugarFree could totally write this sort of thing and sell it. If they’ve proven there’s money in it, maybe he needs to take a turn at making fun of social mores and children.

    1. There is the Lil’ Warty Hugeman Adventures. Oh for an artist to work with…

  36. Progs are naturally evil and hate freedom. The adult answer to a book you don’t like is to NOT FUCKING BUY THE BOOK. They are a bunch of fucking temper tantrum toddlers screaming that other people shouldn’t be able to buy the book because they don’t like it. Fuck those people.

    1. I think they’re most pissed because, unlike the Internet where you can petition webmasters to ban everything and everyone you hate, you actually have to round up physical books and burn them if you don’t like them.

      That whole book burning thing seems really familiar. I wonder who did that.

      1. The Mongols during the sack of Baghdad?

        1. Christians burning down the Library of Alexandria; remember, they gang-banged Hypatia too.

  37. Lenny Bruce is turning over in his grave. Comedy is moving backwards under the assault by SJWs. They are the new censors.

    As the great Max Eastman pointed out in his fascinating book Enjoyment of Laughter, people can only laugh at things if they can be in the spirit of fun about them. When we are “in dead earnest,” humor is what is dead. SJWs, being upset and humorless about anything involving race/gender/etc., are predisposed to not laugh about anything in those areas.

    I just read The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy by Kliph Nesteroff, which was quite interesting, especially the changes in what was considered acceptable humor. Some fun facts: Jack Benny and Bob Hope both started as blackface comedians. Circa 1954 Rodney Dangerfield (under his real name) was arrested by the FBI as part of a “veterans do home repairs” scam. Terry Southern offered parts in Doctor Strangelove and The Loved One to Lenny Bruce, but Bruce was too far gone into paranoia to accept.

    1. “SJWs, being upset and humorless about anything involving race/gender/etc., are predisposed to not laugh about anything in those areas.”

      SJWs, being upset and humorless about everything, are predisposed to not laugh about anything.

      “Nobody laughs until I say you can — and I’m not going to say you can.”

  38. Anyone remember the Smells like jokes?

    If xhe smells like Trout, better pull it out.
    If xhe smells like Salmon, best be jammin’
    If xhe smells like Tuna, should’ve been there sooner.
    If xhe smells like Grouper, do xher in the ……

    etc…

  39. This could be bigger than Santa vs Jesus.

  40. I wonder how difficult it would be for Scott to write an article without talking about himself?

    The writers at Reason seem to be becoming more and more self involved all the time. Anybody else notice this too?

  41. about Mexicans, only to be told by a fellow student (who was Mexican) that it was terribly racist

    Ah, yes, I forgot about the “Mexican race”.

  42. I sure miss the National Lampoon…

  43. I bet she has a stash of Zap Comics and fantasizes being onboard with Captain Pissgums

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