Month: March 2018

What is Comedy?

Is this post a joke?
Let’s begin by looking at the definition of comedy on Urban Dictionary (My Bible of Dictionaries – that is a joke).
Comedy
1)anything that makes you laugh
2)the best medicine
3)what keeps everyone happy
Comedy is the portrayal of humorous subject matter for the purposes of amusement.
An adjective used to describe something funny
Ok, fine. But what if my comedy is offensive? What if I am being funny by making fun of someone else? Let’s look at that definition:
Offensive
A highly subjective interpretation of something real, imagined, or interpreted as being demeaning; very often the use of complaint to attack someone while paradoxically assuming both authority and victimhood; the use of complaint as a socio-political weapon or vehicle too often unmerited benefit, privilege, or compensation.
Here is where comedy gets really tricky. What if I say something that I believe is funny but it is offensive to someone else? Who makes the rules on what is offensive and what is funny?  I once put a note on the office refrigerator that said, “Please clean up after yourself. Your mom doesn’t work here.” An employee ripped it off and said that was offensive because her mom was dead.  I replied, “So is mine.” I didn’t put it back up.
Let’s look at a couple examples. It is funny (I guess) when an African American comedian uses the “N” word. It’s practically a felony if a white person says it in any context. Why? Well, this is one of the rules of comedy. A person can make jokes about their own issue but they may not be able to joke about someone else’s. This is getting stricter every day.
If we apply this to every issue we only have self-inflicted humor. White on White, Black on Black, Gay on Gay, Women on Women…you get it.
Here’s another issue. The rules change every day on what is offensive. When I was younger, it was funny to use the “F” word for a homosexual (is that term offensive? – sorry). Now it is offensive and anyone who says it is a bully. Oh no – time for another definition.
Bully
Somebody who hurts others either physically, mentally or emotionally. They can ruin a person’s life, just to make themselves feel better
A person who makes fun of others based on their own insecurities about life.
To humiliate, persecute, underestimate, harass, lower, tease, desocialize, hurt, discriminate, jeer, ridicule, bother, disturb, molest, trouble, embarrass, mishandle, insult, weaker, injure, harm, affront, torture, offend, prejudice, torment, intimidate…
You see how tricky this is getting? If my humor hurts someone it is offensive and I am a bully. If my humor is based on my insecurity I could be a bully.  This is very complicated. What if 99 people laugh at a joke but 1 person is offended (remember the refrigerator note?) Do we kill a joke because one person is offended or do we wait until we reach a higher number? What if half of the crowd thinks it is funny? What if a joke is funny in New York but it isn’t in Alabama? What if an old person loves a good Polock joke and a young person thinks that is awful? What if a blond woman is offended by blond jokes?
Again, who decides? Who regulates? Public opinion? If we can only joke about our own issues that is pretty limited – I can joke about middle-aged white men that are bald, overweight, conservative, Christian, self-employed, parent, grandparent…. If you are a single African American woman who is a Muslim liberal skinny employee you can’t joke about any of my issues and I can’t joke about you. Right?
One more example: I have been a property manager all of my life. When property managers/landlords get together, we call each other slumlords. It’s a joke that we all understand. When someone outside of the industry calls me a slumlord, I am very offended because it is not true. I’ve heard the very same testimony from lawyers.
You thought this was going to be funny but it is very serious. It’s no laughing matter and people are getting more offended every day. If you are offended who will you call?
1 Corinthians 15:33 

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
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Mocking My Faith

The latest attack on Christians (from the media and Hollywood) is Jim Carrey posting an unattractive portrait of Sarah Huckabee Sanders with a tagline “This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous!” There have been a lot of comments on this from both sides of the aisle so I’ll add my two cents.

I know that Christians will be persecuted and mocked. No argument there. It says it in the Bible. None of us signed up to follow Jesus in order to make friends with the world.  I am not offended that believers are mocked or misunderstood. But, our society has moved into this inclusive, love and accept everybody, don’t bully mentality. Everyone is going out of their way to accept everybody and there is no tolerance for exclusion…unless you’re a Christian.  If you claim to follow Jesus, you still have a target on your forehead. Mike Pence – he is crazy according to The View. Sarah Huckabee is Monstrous. Christians in the media have always been portrayed as hicks, stupid, and ignorant people. What did Barack Obama say? We cling to our Bibles and guns?

Laugh all you want. Take away my business. Close down my free speech. Throw me in jail.

Just remember that you are not being inclusive when you remove a board member for their beliefs – even when you disagree. You are not accepting when you only accept your side. You are not loving everyone when you alienate one group. You are narrowing down the playing field and you are bullying. You are discriminating and it hurts.

It’s a joke you say. It’s funny. It’s comedy. Look at the rules. It’s not funny anymore. I love a good comedy but not when it’s cloaked in hatred.

Matthew 24:9
“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.
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Inclusive?

Please read this statement:

“Now, many in Nashville are hoping the controversy will lead country music to re-evaluate. “My hope is that this genre will always be moved to act based on love and inclusion,” says Pastorek, “and although it wasn’t easy, today feels like a big step in a positive direction.”

This is a paragraph from an article (noted below) where artists and record companies forced Mike Huckabee off a charity board. Forced. Because they didn’t approve of his lifestyle and beliefs. Forced. They don’t love him. Forced. They don’t include him. Forced. They aren’t open to his thinking. Forced. They want to be based in love.

If I don’t agree with someone’s lifestyle I am a hater. Evil. Stupid. But if they don’t agree with me they are inclusive, free, loving, open, progressive.

Be careful what you are banning folks. Eat some cake.

https://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2018/03/02/590236960/mike-huckabee-resigns-from-music-education-board-after-fierce-backlash-from-nash

John 8

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”trees