Politically incorrect

I confess that in this day and age of hyper political correctness and woke, I frequently find myself watching comedy from the 80s, 70s, 60s, and prior before people got all this sensitive. Mel Brook's "Blazing Saddles," All In the Family, Foster Brooks, George Carlin, Victor Borge, Carol Burnett, Carol Channing, Dean Martin's roast nights, Dame Edna, Sir Les Patterson, Red Skelton... I was raised by that generation and dearly miss how witty, authentic, and creative their English was, and how they knew how to make fun of themselves, and have those they were mocking bust a gut with them. The same goes for reading old comic stips like Mutt & Jeff and the Far Side. For those who didn't grow up around that and folks like them, it's hard to get or may come across as crude. Few knew any different. They were hard times too for most. People were poor as a church mouse. Laughter was the only way to deal with the crap. But you'd howl so hard you'd piss yourself. Today, society makes you feel guilty for finding anything funny at all.


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"Laugh and the whole World laughs with you ....

Mar 22, 2024 at 9:13am

weep and you weep alone. For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, But has trouble enough of its own." -- from Ella Wilcox's poem “Solitude.” (1883)

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Laidies and gentlemen.

Mar 22, 2024 at 1:13pm

What about Lenny Bruce? He was great.

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George Carlin story

Mar 23, 2024 at 12:36am

Funny you should mention George Carlin because my friend and I were going to get tickets to see him live. He was scheduled to do stand up at the Red Robinson Show Theatre. We were so ecstatic to see George perform his material live. It would have felt like being part of an amazing HBO live comedy special, but then we got the awful news that he died. It was too late. Though I'll bet he's looking down on us saying "Why do people say nice things about you after you die? It's stupid! You can't even hear them!" Had George lived, I wonder what he would have thought of Trump, #Me Too, Cancel Culture and all the Weird Wokeness or Woke Weirdness.

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You had my attention

Mar 23, 2024 at 1:07am

Until you used the word "woke," a word stolen from pro-racial equality activists to denigrate anyone who isn't conservative. At that point you lost my attention.


Mar 23, 2024 at 4:32pm

It’s not that we didn’t care or that we all agreed with everything we saw. But we were definitely not as “butt hurt” as many people are now. We just got on with things and didn’t throw a hissy fit every time we felt offended by something. If we didn’t like it, we didn’t watch it. The people who did throw fits tended to be the uber-religious zealot types, who believed they had the right to dictate to the rest of us what we were allowed to see. Hmmm…not much has changed I guess, other than nowadays everyone is offended lol.

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Re: You had my attention

Mar 25, 2024 at 2:52pm

The word woke is a double edge sword. Conservatives may seem to use it to degridate liberal people. However, one mustn't forget that one has the right (or should have the right) to still be conservative in this day and age. Moreover, not all conservative people are necessarily racist or bigots. Here, the OP seems to more be griping about how comedy and culture these days is almost too politically correct. They're right in that previous generations were generally much more thick skinned and also used a vocabulary that was more blunt to describe the world around them. I myself find that even my parents spoke way more idiomatic and whitty English simply because oral culture was a lot stronger. Telling jokes and stories at the dinner table and water cooler was how you got through the drudgery of the day. And people simply knew how to take a joke and laugh at themselves. Minorities and the marginalized included. Likewise a lot of people embraced self-humor to counter bullying. There was no such thing as social media back then. Being social meant being physically social. You also knew when and where to be well mannered, the boundaries were much clearer. Perhaps woke isn't the best word to describe this particular situation, but I do believe the OP is onto something. People are so open minded these days their brains have fallen out of their skulls.

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I am a woman

Mar 26, 2024 at 7:22am

And I remember a few decades ago when political correctness was starting and it seemed like a good thing; the idea of being considerate of how you speak to people. But it has definitely gone over the top the last 10+ years.

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Re: You had my attention

Mar 26, 2024 at 4:43pm

Yeah, I used to get overly offended by the word, "woke". But then I took deep breaths...and went back to Preschool. Problem solved.

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It's easy

Mar 28, 2024 at 9:33am

To laugh when you aren't the butt of the joke. But if you were being oppressed by oppressive joke you'd feel very different about it. Something tells me you don't find content that portrays your generation as abused idiots, the white male as a statistic danger, or other things of the like funny. But you laugh at racial jokes and violence against women.
But I'm sure that'd just a coincidence right? You "had to be there at the time"?

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Apr 1, 2024 at 7:30am

... may have originated in one context, and the word may still be used that way, but today it has not so much to do with whether or not one is conservative, as whether or not one except what James Lindsay calls the Gnostic religion that is now the state church. At least that's another way of looking at it. Moral values are invisible things, and it's pretty difficult to say there hasn't been an attempt to use mass media and the coercive power of the state and things like the human rights tribunals to really change our moral values over the last 10 years, but really this process is decades old, it is simply accelerated because what used to take 15 years of propaganda can now be accomplished in two years using the internet. None of it is organic, it is all accomplished by using mass media techniques. And it is also brutally unfunny. There are no funny woke comedians. No one could ever be funny if they had to run all their material by a Human Resources officer with a Bachelor of Arts degree in anti-opression

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