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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 10:35 PM

71. The rise of anti-PC humor makes it unnecessary

Many of the major successful comedians, particularly those successful with younger crowds, specialize in racial and sexual humor that isn't exactly liberal in nature or target. Daniel Tosh, for example, is highly successful, and I'd be highly pressed to call his humor liberal in nature. With the rise of the Internet, there is also a rise in a kind of anti-social "inappropriate" humor, where the comedy is generated by comedians saying things they're not supposed to say.

I happen to love inappropriate humor. The more inappropriate it is, the better I like it. My friends (in their 20s and 30s) also latch onto it as a matter of course.

I would never ever ever post it on a place like DU. People would be outraged by the content.

I don't find liberal vs conservative a good yardstick to measure humor or comedy by. The measurement is always "What is socially acceptable and what is not." The comedians who violate what is not supposed to be said tend to find more success with younger generations. If society's prevailing sentiments are liberal (as I believe they now are), anti-PC humor will find a niche just as it has. When society's prevailing cultural standards were more conservative, you had a lot of liberal comedians puncturing those sensibilities.

It ebbs and flows, but I don't think political labels apply. And humor is, as always, subjective. I don't find political humor totally hilarious like many people around here do. I'm not a partisan, so oftentimes what gets posted on DU as the funniest thing ever often seems to me like an applause line (a "joke" that isn't really funny, but which reinforces a pre-existing political belief and is thus considered good). I find applause lines the laziest and least entertaining forms of humor. It's why I don't get, say, Margaret Cho, while many of my LGBT friends worship her. She's just parroting their beliefs back at them, which is fine, but I don't think she's actually funny or creative or even particularly clever. She bores the ever-lovin' out of me.

But, YMMV.

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