Pop Culture, Race & Politics, Theory & Essay

Off-Limits: Are Some Subjects Too Sensitive To Joke About?

 ***As grown-ups who still live within reasonable driving distance of their parents are wont to do, I try to visit my parents on Sundays as often as I can. (Why? Well, my parents are my ace boon coons, and I genuinely enjoy spending time with them. Plus, they always make a ton of food for dinner, it’s always a great way to launch a new week, and, um, did I mention the free food already?) The following is a paraphrased summary of a conversation I had with my mom yesterday evening after dinner.***

Champ’s mom (CM): “Did you see SNL last night?”

Champ: “No maam.”

***Feel free to insert a joke about my parents and I being three of the remaining 17 Black people on the planet who still watch SNL on a regular basis.***

CM: “So you didn’t see the skit about Piers Morgan and George Zimmerman?”

Champ: “Nah. What happened?”

CM: “It had Piers Morgan interviewing a bunch of celebrites for their takes on George Zimmerman’s arrest.”

Champ: “Was it funny?”

CM: “I stopped watching a minute or so into it.”

Champ: “Why?”

CM: “What do you mean “Why?” Of all the things to write a skit about, why choose the Trayvon Martin case? Some subjects are too sensitive to joke about. I was honestly surprised and disappointed that SNL went there.”

***I’ve embedded the skit below. In case you can’t see it, Morgan interviews Ice-T, Kayne, Kim Kardashian, and others, and they each offer their increasingly ridiculous takes on this case and the legal system in general¹***

Champ: “Hmm.”

CM: “What?”

Champ: “I don’t know if I agree with you, Mom. Maybe the skit itself wasn’t executed properly, but I don’t think there are any off-limits subjects. I mean, I agree that the skit may have been in bad taste. But, in order to get the types of laughs comedians depend on, sometimes you have to broach uncomfortable topics. Sometimes the joke works. Sometimes it doesn’t. I just don’t think we should be able to tell people “This subject is too serious to be joked about in any manner.”

CM: “You’re talking about censorship. I’m talking about common sense. Common sense should tell you that a situation as emotionally and politically charged as the Trayvon Martin case should be off limits. I love that you always try to be so pragmatic and practical, but sometimes being that way gives you some serious blind spots.”

***She’s definitely right about the blind spots. There have been times, both online and off, where my instistence on being “sober” or “irrelevant” or “delibrate” made people upset because they assumed I was being intentionally insensitive. In each situation, I ended up hurting feelings because I just didn’t recognize the possibility that feelings could be hurt. Ironicially, I consider myself to be extremely, almost painstakingly, considerate of others. But, I’ve come to realize that this consideration usually only extends to things that would greatly upset me as well.***

Champ: “I do agree that it’s probably too soon to talk about the Trayvon Martin case in that manner. I still think you can find humor in pretty much every subject, though. Sometimes the humor doesn’t have to be “Haha,” but more just recognizing the absurdity of a situation.”

CM: “Pedophila can be funny?”

Champ: “Every Black person in America has either laughed at or told a joke about R. Kelly — jokes specifically related to the fact that he’s the world’s most famous known pedophile. “Eat the cake, Anna Mae” — a line from “What’s Love Got to Do with It” —  has become one of Black culture’s most popular catchphrases. We use it in a tongue-in-cheek/snarky manner, which makes light of the depiction of prolonged domestic violence and sexual abuse the line comes from.”

CM: “Hmm. Two of your nieces were shot a few months ago. One almost died. Where’s the “funny” in that?”

Champ: “Um, well…um…”

CM: “Exactly.”

***As you can see, my mom has a way of shutting me up.*** 

¹I watched the skit on Hulu a half hour or so after our conversation. The verdict? I agree that SNL probably should have picked a different subject. But, I thought it was…funny.
—Damon Young (aka “The Champ”) 
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Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a contributing editor for EBONY.com. He resides in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes.

  • Keisha

    I get the ‘being too soon’ piece, BUT funny is funny…even though most of the time I will feel a tad bit guilty for laughing afterwards.

    • http://www.styleillusions.com WIP

      This. I think we overestimate the number of jokes that are actually funny. Many offensive jokes are lame. But when they are truly funny you can’t help it. I’ve been meaning too (read: when I get really really bored I will) read about the science of laughter. Often, it’s not something we can help.

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

        I think we overestimate the number of jokes that are actually funny.

        depends on how you define “funny”

      • Justmetheguy

        ” I’ve been meaning too (read: when I get really really bored I will) read about the science of laughter. ”

        Me too, I said this (almost verbatim) a few days ago. However I already have an unflattering view of most people and society in general as it is, so maybe it wouldn’t be the best idea for me to read up on it…

  • Yoles

    I’M @ work so i can’t type long I got lives to save!

    On R Kelly being a pedophile (a person sexually attracted to PRE PUBESCENT children) doesn’t seem to be true based on the evidence… Now a hebophile (a person sexually attracted to POST PUBESCENT adolescents) seems to fit better. After yrs of working w/kids who’s lives and physical bodies were destroyed due to sick adults the distinction is one of my many pet peeves. I’ll be back

    • Ohoh

      THANK YOU!

      You’re a smart person.

    • Royale W. Cheese

      Yeah, R. Kelly definitely has the Lolita love jones going on.

    • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

      Who hasn’t told an R. Kelly joke though? I’ll be the first to admit that I ridiculed him for his love of underage poon…

      • erika

        I haven’t. That is one of the few subjects I fail to see humor.

        • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

          You don’t see the humor in a much older dude who had a love jones for underage girls? I mean, he’s far from the first (See: Jerry Lee Lewis, for example), but R. Kelly is pretty blatant with his obsession. That’s what makes it hilarious!

          • JessicaL

            When Dave Chappelle made fun of it it was funny, but reading the comments on it, the situation isn’t funny. It’s just sick.

        • http://www.alvinmilton.com AGDM

          Agreed. No humor in the R Kelly situation.

          We are too casual with sex in this country if a grown man having a history of being attracted to underage girls and committing statutory rape is amusing. Would it be funny if it were your neighbor down the street and you had a daughter at home?

          Seems the only reason folks find it amusing is because of the emotional distance perceived when viewing the antics of celebrities.

          Special consideration for Dave Chapelle’s rendition of “Piss on you” because its D Chappelle and he wasn’t commenting on young teen girls… just the act.

          • Enos Makgitle

            hi Guys
            when is the next movie for steve hanvey im more interested to watch that

    • Todd

      On one hand, you do have a point. From a psychological perspective, there are differences in the issues a pedophile, a hebephile and an ephebophile would have. And kids have different risks when being abused at 5 as opposed to 11 or 15.

      All of that said, as the father of a young daughter, I’m not going to play Press Your Luck with R. Kelly, especially when I can’t figure out the pattern to avoid the whammies. No whammy for this man!

    • http://www.twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

      Thank you for dropping some knowledge Yoles. R Kelly is not a pedophile. I find it hard to believe R Kelly corrupted this girl from the looks of things she was well on her way. Mothers talk to your teenage daughters.

      • http://www.blackyodaprime.blogspot.com/ black yoda

        I just wanted to thank all ya’ll for educating me on the different levels of perversion. Here I was going around simply saying he’s a predator who’s f#$%ed in the head. Now I can be all exact n’ sh!t with the diagnosis :o)

        • http://www.twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

          LOL okay you got me. You’re right he’s still sick but pedophile is a serious label to give someone so I was glad she clarified.

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

        I find it hard to believe R Kelly corrupted this girl from the looks of things she was well on her way.

        :(

        • http://www.twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

          My comment was harsh and definitely prejudging that nice young girl. Lol It’s just hard for me to point all fingers at R Kelly. I see A LOT of young women/teenagers/barely legal girls out here looking grown and doing grown woman things. Watching the video, it was clear she was enjoying herself and clearly at an age to know what she was doing. I can’t fully blame the men. Now granted, I don’t know this girl or the situation so I probably shouldn’t have said she was “on her way”.

          • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

            you know, one of the reasons why i’m so disgusted by the r.kelly case is that teaching at a high school for three years showed me exactly how much power a male authority figure can have over young girls. it’s amazing. and scary.

            point? even if the girls act “grown” and think they know exactly what they’re doing, the onus is still on the grown man not to abuse that power, and the blame if that line is crossed rests solely on his shoulders.

            • Kema

              Exactly! If she wanted to be pissed on it should have been by a young man her age.

              • http://www.styleillusions.com WIP

                Agreed. I heard that middle-aged p!ss is toxic anyway. She could have been badly burned or injured.

                • LuckBALady

                  This….this made me LOL.

            • http://www.twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

              You know what, you are 100% right. I don’t know the back story and he could have been seducing her for a while.

            • lizp

              thank you for saying identifying where the responsibility should lay. I will not blame a 15 y/o girl for his actions. While i am at it i should probably blame the young girl who was drunk and got raped and/or the young girl who wore the short skirt or tight clothing. smh r kelly knew what he was doing and then called himself the pidepiper…

          • sincereluv4life

            @smartgirlfox
            “it was clear she was enjoying herself and clearly at an age to know what she was doing. I can’t fully blame the men.”

            I’m sorry hun, but R. Kelly is to be FULLY blamed in this situation.

            I’ve seen a lot of interviews with young women who were abused and admitted they actually enjoyed it & felt a sense of shame because they liked the physical attention/ feelings of the act.

            I hope anyone who’s been abused can understand this: but just because the young victim may’ve felt pleasure from the act, doesn’t make her any less a victim, especially in this situation where a much older man was clearly using her to feed into his addiction….

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      “On R Kelly being a pedophile (a person sexually attracted to PRE PUBESCENT children) doesn’t seem to be true based on the evidence… Now a hebophile (a person sexually attracted to POST PUBESCENT adolescents) seems to fit better”

      thanks for the info. personally though, when referring to r. kelly, i’ll just continue to use “grown-ass man who likes to f*ck high school freshmen” instead of “hebophile”

      • MJoy

        *shudders*

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJayIPromiseToLove&BeholdYouTillDeathComesCalling

    I’ll be very honest, when something is funny no matter how deathly the subject is, I will laugh, and then get on my knees and ask the man upstairs to forgive me for not being able to suppress the laughter. However, I do agree with your mom certain subject matter should be avoided like the plague, RAPE being one of them.

    Aside: I hate when folks are sensitive about BULLSHID! That drives me nuts——->Over on another site, I was being given a police ticket for joking about the Illuminati?! WHAT THE FUGGERS. Some people need to grow humor balls! -WOOSA!!

    *Hey Jay*

    • http://www.iamyourpeople.com I Am Your People

      *looks at African Mami’s new user name* *buys her some Bedroom Kandi and signs her up for match.com*

      • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJay formerly known as African Mami

        @ IAYP

        I am kind of insulted by your gesture of signing me up for match.com. I am a married woman,I do not step out on a man if I am well taken care of. Otherwise, I’m game!

        • http://twitter.com/#!/Think2Inspire Think2Inspire

          Did Jay consent to this marriage?

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

            I don’t think you can hear anything through the dirty rag stuffed in his mouth.

            • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJayIPromiseToLove&BeholdYouTillDeathComesCalling

              @ TAC,

              uh oh, are you by any chance suggesting my husband is oppressed?!

            • Breezy

              Yeah am pretty sure Jay is someone in a closet in Mami’s house, in a cage, wearing a leopard print loin cloth…with that dirty rag in his mouth….waiting for his next feeding….of sweet cream and bread.

              • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJayIPromiseToLove&BeholdYouTillDeathComesCalling

                @ Breezy

                LMAOOOOOOO! *DEAD*. I am African, ain’t nuffin sweet about our foods…so yeah

              • JEHeartbreak

                Rotfl!

            • nillalatte

              LOLLLLLL….. classic.

          • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJayIPromiseToLove&BeholdYouTillDeathComesCalling

            @ Think2Inspire,

            You betcha! I been loving him long long time, for him to disown me.

      • Classy6ft5

        Puts a $20* in the collection plate to help cover the cost

        *Doesn’t reach for change.

        • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJayIPromiseToLove&BeholdYouTillDeathComesCalling

          *DEAD*

          Take your 20 and change back. My man is well taken care of!!!

      • Todd

        TAC, I think this is more of a job for Doc Johnson’s and Cal Exotic’s fine products. Heck, I even got someone who could hook ya up. :)

        • A Woman’s Eyes

          Free Jay! Free Jay! Free Jay!

          • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJayIPromiseToLove&BeholdYouTillDeathComesCalling

            @ AWE

            Girl what you picketing for?!

            • https://twitter.com/#!/mackaroto Jay

              LMAO @ yall talking about me like I don’t own a computer. I just got back from a short trip back to the A. Hello African Mami. Sorry to burst your bubble but I don’t believe in marriage. No love lost though.=)

              • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJayIPromiseToLove&BeholdYouTillDeathComesCalling

                @ JAY

                Honey buns no bubble or balloon was busted. So long as you continue having locks you will always be my honey, regardless of your marriage beliefs! :)

              • The Law

                Overheard at Mami’s house: “It rubs the lotion on it’s skin!”

                • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJayIPromiseToLove&BeholdYouTillDeathComesCalling

                  @ The Law,

                  I swear to the heavens and back, I didn’t get what you said…..please expound or rephrase

                • https://twitter.com/#!/mackaroto Jay

                  Overheard at Mami’s house: “It rubs the lotion on it’s skin!”

                  LMAO. Stop before you make African-Mami change her name to Buffalo Mami.

                  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJayIPromiseToLove&BeholdYouTillDeathComesCalling

                    I do not understand all this buffalo and elephant speak, but what I do know that I will not change my name anytime soon not unless another honey with locks makes their way onto VSB….nice try doe!

                    • https://twitter.com/#!/mackaroto Jay

                      1. Silence of the Lambs. Great movie. Check it out.
                      2. So its like that. All it takes is another locked up blogger and you’re ghost?! I should have known. Don’t think that I didn’t catch your short affair with homeboy with the red lumberjack shirt. Alas, love IS fleeting. **sigh**

                    • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJayIPromiseToLove&BeholdYouTillDeathComesCalling

                      @ Jay

                      uh oh @ #2…..so you notice, and pretend like you don’t? That is scary erotic to me!!! You keep acknowledging and disowning me at the same time, what’s a girl to do?! I look for love elsewhere with lumberjack dudes, no?!

    • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

      “Aside: I hate when folks are sensitive about BULLSHID! That drives me nuts——->Over on another site, I was being given a police ticket for joking about the Illuminati?! WHAT THE FUGGERS. Some people need to grow humor balls! -WOOSA!!”

      Yeah, I remember that one- that did not end well…but then again, you can’t joke with them about virtually anything over “there”.

      Rule number one: Don’t make jokes around spinsters, LULZ!!!

      • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJayIPromiseToLove&BeholdYouTillDeathComesCalling

        hey boo!!!! Folks be uptight at my sorority

        • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

          Uptight ain’t the word for it…how about “emotional”? LMAO!!!

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      “However, I do agree with your mom certain subject matter should be avoided like the plague, RAPE being one of them.”

      people make jokes about this all the time too. anyone who’s ever said something like “don’t drop the soap!” in reference to men and prison just made a rape joke. not saying it’s right (or wrong), but a lot of us do this too.

      • Justmetheguy

        @ Champ- True, but does that make it ok?

        Not that I think offensive always equals off limits, but how do we logically determine where the line should be? (serious question) Is there a rule of thumb?

      • A Woman’s Eyes

        That’s often because we don’t have empathy for rapists and child molestors. That’s why we say “dont drop the soap” versus rape jokes about rape victims.
        That’s where the line is.

  • http://www.shardesaidwhat.blogspot.com ShardeMarie

    Well first off Fred Armisen as Ice-T and Kim K as a zero-threat. *DEAD*

    But I can agree with both sides. I say there are some things that are hard to joke about, or rather listen to jokes about too soon. A friend of mine tweeted a joke about the Trayvon Martin case a few weeks ago and it was hilarious, but I couldn’t laugh about it cuz, well I felt guilty. I mean, we all enjoy a good laugh; comedy keeps us alive. I think the reason we get into the “too soon” argument is because we ourselves feel some sort of guilt for actually finding it funny. Aside from personal tragedies, I don’t think we really are so sensitive that we can’t laugh at a joke about almost anything. We just feel bad about it, so we throw out the “too soon” card to feel better about ourselves. Which is the goal in about 99.9% of things we do every day.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      “I think the reason we get into the “too soon” argument is because we ourselves feel some sort of guilt for actually finding it funny.”

      i agree, but i don’t think we should feel that guilt. finding humor in something can make a subject more relateable and human. sometimes the laughter is just a result of the recognition of a shared thought.

  • http://ladyngo.blogspot.com Lady Ngo

    well…the kimk/kanye part of the sketch was funnyish. and some of ice-t’s lines were chuckle-worthy.

    I think how you make the joke and the angle you’re going for dictates whether or not its “too soon” or something you shouldn’t ever joke about. This skit is a little bit more about ditzy celebrities than it is about the actual case. So while it really wasn’t funny, it wasn’t really offensive (to me at least) either.

    • MObetta

      +1

      SNL has to stay current and this was the best (read: least offensive) way to do it. There were no actual jokes about Trayvon or Zimmerman, it was really all focused on the ridiculousness of the situation and the people who have an opinion and how ridiculous it is that they even have an opinion. If they really were trying to be offensive, they would’ve had Zimmerman’s brother on…that would’ve been offensive. I think they did well with what they had to work with.

      • Deviant

        I thought the joke was about Piers Morgan’s attempts to get random ditzy celebs to comment in high profile news for no other reason than he wouldn’t have a show otherwise.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      “I think how you make the joke and the angle you’re going for dictates whether or not its “too soon” or something you shouldn’t ever joke about.”

      i agree

    • Britico chick

      Definitely. It’s a very sensitive point – you also have to know your audience. That is critical. You would not be doing this skit in front of the Martin family, would you?

  • http://naturallydreaded.wordpress.com NIAnaturally

    “I’m a zero threat.” lol. That part was funny. The skit in its entirety, not so much.

    But yeah, your mom is right. Some people deal with stress, disappointment, anger, etc, with comedy. Honestly, those people should keep their jokes to themselves, especially if they know it won’t be received well. Sometimes, you don’t have to say anything. I know that’s weird in this day and age of social media, where gaining attention by any means is the utmost goal. But, sometimes, if the only thing you know how to do is make a joke, don’t and just be quiet. And if you can’t help yourself, know your audience. Take it to the people you know will appreciate the humor of the situation.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      “And if you can’t help yourself, know your audience. Take it to the people you know will appreciate the humor of the situation.”

      good point

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    Free my comment, I’m not a villain
    I’m just craaaaazy about Jay Locks
    Contact word press
    and tell them to stop this BS

    *sang to the tune of THE best SANGER-Kenny Roger’s -If You Want to Find Love!

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

      I think that was the restraining order kicking in. Guess it got lifted. You must know people.

      • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJay formerly known as African Mami

        @ TAC

        I don’t! They get tired of me posting songs about slavery and random shit about slaving up my comment,so I guess it works their nerves, to my advantage!:)

  • DQ

    The skit was merely marginally funny (even the non-Trayvon Martin ones) which is part of the reason (I think) so few black people make it a point to watch Saturday Night Live. They’re just too hit and miss with their humor.

    If you exist on Twitter, you saw what happened to your boy Toure’ trying to make a joke using Trayvon… it was not pretty. You ever watch army ants swarm and kill larger insects? And how they just keep coming, wave after wave? Yeah, like that…

    Regarding subjects too sensitive to joke about, I think the thing to remember is that we are ALL logical creatures but also empathetic creatures. And we tend to view the world through both lenses simultaneously. When we get in trouble is when we view the world exclusively through just one.

    Logically speaking you should be able to make jokes about anything at anytime, empathetic-ally speaking you should know that you can’t. (And it goes both ways, there are things that you might feel compelled to do emotionally, that logical tells you NOT to do). It’s a lesson most of us usually learn the hard way (if we fail also to know our audience).

    • http://mrweethomas.wordpress.com weethomas

      Really? Cuz weekend update hits me 100% of the time. I sometimes just cruise hulu to watch only that segment from the show.

      • http://voodoochile88.tumblr.com/ Craig and Dem

        Str8 Up Weekend Update is the only reason that show is still going.

      • http://voodoochile88.tumblr.com/ Craig and Dem

        Str8 Up Weekend Update is the only reason that show is still going.

    • http://www.twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

      Good breakdown. This pretty much sums up my thoughts. SNL just isn’t funny to me. I tried but I rarely laugh. I didn’t feel bad for Toure at all. His comment was just plain stupid.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      “The skit was merely marginally funny (even the non-Trayvon Martin ones) which is part of the reason (I think) so few black people make it a point to watch Saturday Night Live. They’re just too hit and miss with their humor.”

      you’re right that it’s hit or miss. but, when it’s hit, it’s great. i’ve laughed harder at funny snl skits than anything else on network tv (louie and cye get their own category)

  • That Ugly Kid

    I don’t think there’s anything we can’t joke about. As long as it’s funny, I don’t think think it should matter. I saw a few people offended by Childish Gambino’s new song “Eat Your Vegetables” where he says, “Man I’d die for my hood, TRAYVOOON.” But luckily, most of the comments on Youtube were reasonable and didn’t say he “went too far.” Not to mention it’s a pretty good song (he even pokes fun a the recent J.Cole/Diggy “beef”).

    But that’s me. As I said before, I’m an azz. I’m the same guy who, after his homie found out his gf was cheating on him (and my homie not dumping her), walked right up to her the next day, homie present and said, “I heard we giving out blowj0bs, where’s the sign up sheet?” Hell, just the other day near the daycare center where I work, I overhead some African kids talking about what they should do for the weekend. I told them to go see The Hunger Games.

    So yea, maybe it is just me…

    • http://mrweethomas.wordpress.com weethomas

      That’s some homie. Because I can’t imagine how that story didn’t end with you waking up with stitches and wondering why your homie’s hands are all bandaged up but nobody is sure what happened to you.

      • That Ugly Kid

        Lol, well I can think of 2 reasons why I didn’t get stomped.

        1. He knows that’s who I am and he’s accepted me for it.

        2. I’ve been a black belt in karate since I was 13 years old. And everytime me and my friends get together and spar, I beat the sh*t out of all of them (him included). From his perspective getting into a ACTUAL fight with me is not the best idea one can come up with.

    • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJay formerly known as African Mami

      I die 10,000 extra deaths when Gambino raps! Aiyaiyaiyai. The first song I ever being acquainted to about him was so STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPID, I can’t with him!

      • That Ugly Kid

        1. Childish Gambino is a beast. Lyrically, he’ll smash any rapper out right now that’s not named Eminem.

        2. I noticed you said “extra deaths.” Does this mean you’ve died before? If so, that would mean Christians, Muslims, Atheists, all of us was just wrong, huh? You telling me the Bhuddists were right? Is that what I’m hearing? The gotd*mn Bhuddists?

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

          Well if anybody but atheists are right, I hope it’s the Buddhists. At least that means I can come back as a honey badger or something equally bad ass.

          • That Ugly Kid

            Nope, not gonna happen. I bet there’s a catch to it. I bet it’s regional. Like, if you’re a NYer to come back as a big dog-sized (apparantly) rat. If you’re from Chicago, you come back as a f*cking centipede (I HATE those things. Like, the f*ck you need so many gotd*mn legs for?). Or maybe it’s a opposite based thing. So if you’re smart, and talented you come back as a Kardashian. All I know is, I hope the Bhuddists aren’t right. I’ll be d*mned if I come back as a centipede or a Kardashian.

            • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

              I refuse to come back as a fcking centipede. I will immolate myself under a hot magnifying glass before I’d live like that. Can you imagine the amount of Epsom salt I’d go through with all them feets?

              • That Ugly Kid

                Ah yes. “Feets”. The pluralization of a word that’s already plural. Gotta love black people. Now all we need is someone to use “Mens” (no apostrophe) in a sentence and we’ll reach our status quo for ignorance today.

          • http://twitter.com/#!/Think2Inspire Think2Inspire

            This reminds me of the South park episode when they find out the mormons were right. I think about this shid sometimes, lol.

            • Todd

              LOL @ that South Park episode. The delivery was cool though. “The correct answer is…Mormon. Yes.” LOL

              Oh, and I wanna come back as one of those huge-a$$ subway rats. It seems like the very New York thing to do.

        • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJay formerly known as African Mami

          He can smash whoever, but when a dude BRAGS about their woola woola and expertise——–>it irks the shea burra out of my Afro!

          Yes, you are very correct, I have died many times before. My most recent death was when 50 cent came to Africa on some philanthropic tip.

          I had to revive, for my boo tho!

          • That Ugly Kid

            “He can smash whoever, but when a dude BRAGS about their woola woola and expertise——–>it irks the shea burra out of my Afro!”

            So basically, all men, everywhere, irritate you?

            • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJayIPromiseToLove&BeholdYouTillDeathComesCalling

              @TUK

              I have the ability to measure without seeing. He did not measure up!

              He is a PEST! Shoot me!

              • A Woman’s Eyes

                All of this. Hilarity.

    • http://voodoochile88.tumblr.com/ Craig and Dem

      Kinfolk you have me dying over here! TUK you be on em like that?

    • Royale W. Cheese

      ” I’m the same guy who, after his homie found out his gf was cheating on him (and my homie not dumping her), walked right up to her the next day, homie present and said, “I heard we giving out blowj0bs, where’s the sign up sheet?” ”

      Oh. wow. That’s just…awkward. You don’t have Asperger’s do you? Just askin’, cause that’s kind of an Aspergerish thing to say.

      • That Ugly Kid

        Oh no, I’m fully aware of what is and what is not accepted socially. It’s just that most times, especially when dealing with people I don’t like, I just don’t care. Besides, my homie thought it was funny. I mean it took a few months for it to settle in but when it did…it was…a good ole kneeslapper.

        • Britico chick

          What on earth was the girl’s reaction?! And how will you interact with her in tehfuture?

    • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJay formerly known as African Mami

      @ TUK,

      I just seen your lil African joke-NOT FUNNNNNNNNY!!!! Africa deserves more
      R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

      *holds fist in the air* and shouts *Power to the continent where 50 cent is hailed as a god!* Pukes afterwards.

      • That Ugly Kid

        Woah dere! I respect Africa to the fullest. In fact, I absolutely adore it when other black people try to convince me I ain’t sh*t because I haven’t even made so much as an attempt to go back to the “Motherland.” So rest assured my dear, I respect Africa more than any other continent on this planet. I mean, any continent in which its inhabitants can still effectively employ the use of the Blowdart in a day and age where mankind has invented this neat little thing called a “gun” gets two thumbs way up from me. That’s pure BAWSE sh*t right there.

        • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJayIPromiseToLove&BeholdYouTillDeathComesCalling

          @ TUK

          My dear I am JOKING!!!!! Lawwwwd hammmmmmercy……

          • That Ugly Kid

            As was I. About the respect part. Cuz I respect Brazil and Japan the most.

            • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJayIPromiseToLove&BeholdYouTillDeathComesCalling

              Guess we are even?!

            • http://blackmedici.wordpress.com Black Medici

              Best Hookers in the world (Brazil) and the most innovative rape games world wide (Japan).

              • Justmetheguy

                So it’s international *sshole day today, that’s what yall sayin? Duly noted lol

                • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJayIPromiseToLove&BeholdYouTillDeathComesCalling

                  @ JMTG

                  Nope….I don’t specialize in azzholish ways I’m sweet as honey. Marra of fact have you seen Jay since ya’ll be talking like I don’t exist?!

              • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJayIPromiseToLove&BeholdYouTillDeathComesCalling

                RAPE?! or rap?!

                I’m holding my breath……like forrizy rizzy!

                • That Ugly Kid

                  Rape. Japan is known for making video games in which the sole purpose is to find a rape a multitude of women. Or rape one woman a multitude of times. There was some controversy about such a game about a year ago I think. But once people realised that there were hundreds of games, tv shows, and comics centered around rape, it quickly died down.

                  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJayIPromiseToLove&BeholdYouTillDeathComesCalling

                    oh mi gosh! WHAT?! That is a subject I don’t even know how to laugh or cry at!!!! OFF LIMITS……..Yeah, I’m sensitive on some ish….

                    • Justmetheguy

                      @ Afrijay Mami- But that’s the slippery slope that makes this whole thing a conundrum. Off limits, because….you say so? But someone else found something you thought was funny to be “off limits” and you most likely told them to relax and stop being so d*mn sensitive. If the “off limits” rule exists then what can we laugh about? Most jokes will offend SOMEONE. There’s no easy answer to this topic…

                    • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJayIPromiseToLove&BeholdYouTillDeathComesCalling

                      @ JMTG

                      Great point mister! What I’m going to do is heed to the advice of a great one on here, and start reading about the history of Africa. No more jokes.

  • http://mrweethomas.wordpress.com weethomas

    The answer to this question depends on whether your compass for the sensitivity of issues is absolute or relative. Most people don’t follow absolutes so context and time ends up being the more decisive factor.

    I’d say there is no subject too sensitive to joke about. However, as the cartoon illustrates, the question is really more a matter of context and time. Your son getting senselessly killed – there may never be a context or enough time for a joke about that exact situation to be ok for you. Most of us reading this – probably enough time has past that we are fine with the context being “the justice system is flawed”, “racism still exists”, “florida has problems” but not fine with a joke whose context involved black teens wearing random outfits being randomly killed in different situations by a white character. That one may require a few more months.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      “Most of us reading this – probably enough time has past that we are fine with the context being “the justice system is flawed”, “racism still exists”, “florida has problems”

      i thought the funniest part of that skit was the florida tourism guy talking about the different laws in the state.