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Wed Dec 30, 2020, 01:59 PM

Do conservatives have a sense of humor?

Been wondering about this for a while. I don't watch late-night shows, but it seems all the hosts we ever hear about are liberals.

There's a lot of humor here on DU, plus the animal stuff and of course Sunday LOL Cats. The times I checked Conservative Underground, there was no humor at all, unless they were laughing at the liberals.

I know my subject line is very very very generalized, but I'm really curious.

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Reply Do conservatives have a sense of humor? (Original post)
grumpyduck Dec 2020 OP
Zorro Dec 2020 #1
Wounded Bear Dec 2020 #2
The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 2020 #3
Cuthbert Allgood Dec 2020 #31
panader0 Dec 2020 #4
LuckyCharms Dec 2020 #16
treestar Dec 2020 #5
LuckyCharms Dec 2020 #15
rurallib Dec 2020 #6
Irish_Dem Dec 2020 #7
dlk Dec 2020 #8
HUAJIAO Dec 2020 #9
stillcool Dec 2020 #10
Aristus Dec 2020 #11
Mike Nelson Dec 2020 #12
underpants Dec 2020 #13
grumpyduck Dec 2020 #18
underpants Dec 2020 #20
The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 2020 #25
Turin_C3PO Dec 2020 #32
The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 2020 #37
treestar Dec 2020 #39
tblue37 Dec 2020 #42
underpants Dec 2020 #46
Baitball Blogger Dec 2020 #14
MenloParque Dec 2020 #17
Cuthbert Allgood Dec 2020 #30
MenloParque Dec 2020 #36
Mossfern Dec 2020 #44
Turin_C3PO Dec 2020 #33
wellst0nev0ter Dec 2020 #40
BGBD Dec 2020 #19
SamKnause Dec 2020 #21
Fiendish Thingy Dec 2020 #22
Shermann Dec 2020 #23
iscooterliberally Dec 2020 #24
David__77 Dec 2020 #26
Cuthbert Allgood Dec 2020 #29
Turin_C3PO Dec 2020 #34
Yeehah Dec 2020 #27
Cuthbert Allgood Dec 2020 #28
sakabatou Dec 2020 #35
wishstar Dec 2020 #38
onethatcares Dec 2020 #41
KentuckyWoman Dec 2020 #43
JHB Dec 2020 #45

Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:01 PM

1. They find humor in making others miserable

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:01 PM

2. Conservatives want to laugh at people...Liberals tend to laugh with people.

Conservative humor tends to be an oxymoron.

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:02 PM

3. Conservative "humor" involves punching down, which is why it isn't funny.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 05:09 PM

31. Oh, crap, I didn't see your response when I posted mine.

Great minds and all. I hate punching down satire and that's about all Republicans have.

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:02 PM

4. Their idea of a dirty joke is: "A white horse fell in a mud puddle. Get it?"

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Response to panader0 (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:16 PM

16. I don't get it...

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:02 PM

5. Only with derision of other people

When they can put someone down.

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Response to treestar (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:16 PM

15. +1. Exactly right.

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:02 PM

6. from my observation, RW humor consists of some under group getting

screwed over royally.

Not the kind of thing many people laugh at.

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:03 PM

7. McConnell thinks being called the Grim Reaper is funny. nt

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:05 PM

8. Republican humor has a sadistic twist

They are twisted, themselves.

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:07 PM

9. NO

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:08 PM

10. I think they put the hate where the humor's supposed to go.

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:09 PM

11. Right-wingers tried to do a comedy news show, hoping to capitalize on the popularity of the

left-leaning The Daily Show.

It was called The Half-Hour News Hour, and the title was the funniest thing about it. It consisted of kick-them-when-they're-down polemics against liberals, progressives, minorities, and poor people.

The show lasted six months because right-wingers aren't funny...

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:12 PM

12. They think...

... being "politically incorrect" is fumy, but they confuse the term with merely being vulgar and cruel.

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:13 PM

13. Rarely do they "get" sarcasm or Irony.

Iíve used this as a litmus test of sorts. Say something a bit ironic or maybe not too (smartassed) sarcastic. Not expecting a laugh out loud but usually a nod of the head. Those who have no reaction are almost always conservative.

In the 90ís there was another ďtellĒ that I encountered- people who proudly announced that they didnít watch Seinfeld were almost always conservatives.

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Response to underpants (Reply #13)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:17 PM

18. I'm glad you said "almost always."

I didn't watch the show.

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Response to grumpyduck (Reply #18)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:22 PM

20. Yeah but these people wanted to make sure everyone knew it

It was strange to see. Iíve never watched a whole Lucy show but I donít go around telling people that.

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Response to underpants (Reply #13)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 04:50 PM

25. *Almost* always.

I didn't watch Seinfeld either.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #25)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 05:15 PM

32. Yeah but with conservatives

it was like a badge of honor to say how much they hated Seinfeld. I liked it ok but many conservatives seem to have a fiery, raging, hatred against it.

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Response to Turin_C3PO (Reply #32)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 06:25 PM

37. I didn't hate it; just didn't think it was all that funny.

But I'm not a fan of most sitcoms anyhow - they tend to get stale pretty fast.

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Response to underpants (Reply #13)

Thu Dec 31, 2020, 05:00 PM

39. Or who take it literally

Use of certain "arguments" too.

Discussion of a novel can be interesting. You say something sarcastic and they take it literally. You can tell they are politically conservative. Conservatives will take any sarcasm literally, to pretend you are crazy.

Also if they won't back up their point, telling you to do your own research. Saying you are being entitled to have them do your research for you. When they are the ones demanding you do their research for them. Anyone who has handy proof for their own argument will produce it

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Response to underpants (Reply #13)

Thu Dec 31, 2020, 06:39 PM

42. Or those who thought the Stephen Colbert show was not a send up, but an actual

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right wing show.

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #42)

Thu Dec 31, 2020, 08:09 PM

46. Yes they did.

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:14 PM

14. Of course they do. It's malicious and meanspirited.

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:16 PM

17. NO!!

Unless you find Twin Peaks, 70s cop shows, MASH, and Kubrick funny. From what I see this is what most of my conservative co-workers watch. The stupidest, weirdest shit.

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Response to MenloParque (Reply #17)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 05:08 PM

30. That's a weird list to label as conservative.

MASH was pretty strongly anti-war and pretty inclusive for the 70s. And if a liberal is laughing at Dr Strangelove, they don't get it. Kubrick's early stuff is pretty solidly liberal. Then he gets weird, but not conservative. And Twin Peaks? Lynch is weird as shit, but not conservative.

Other than 70s cop shows, I wouldn't call any of that stupid.

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Response to Cuthbert Allgood (Reply #30)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 05:35 PM

36. Well

I donít know any conservatives other than my co-workers. We are all Senior Engineers in Silicon Valley. Itís what they watch and I donít find it enjoyable and funny in the least. So based on my limited interaction with RW nutjobs, I find their humor and viewing choices not in my taste.

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Response to Cuthbert Allgood (Reply #30)

Thu Dec 31, 2020, 06:51 PM

44. Agreed 1,000,000%

Loved Twin Peaks, Mash and a bit of Kubrick.
Not so much cop shows either... although my kids like those.

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Response to MenloParque (Reply #17)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 05:16 PM

33. MASH?

Whatís wrong with MASH? It wasnít a conservative show.

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Response to Turin_C3PO (Reply #33)

Thu Dec 31, 2020, 06:36 PM

40. Let's say some of the humor aged really poorly

 

It is a seventies show that is set in the fifties. Think constant sexual harassment and nicknaming one of the few black characters on the show "spearch**ker."

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:19 PM

19. Their best comedians are

 

Dennis Miller and Kelsey Grammar.

So, no. They aren't very humorous.

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:23 PM

21. No.

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:25 PM

22. For Conservatives cruelty equals humour nt

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:27 PM

23. They can be funny when they want to be

When they aren't focused on "the left", they can be a riot.

When Tucker Carlson turned his ire on Kim Jong Un, it was epic.

They are also pretty adept with the memes on the forums, for better or worse.

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 03:36 PM

24. You have to have a sense of truth in order to have a sense of humor.

Comedy requires truth to get the laugh. Conservatives aren't really funny because they just don't care about the truth. They just want to believe what they believe and can't handle anything that disrupts their world view.

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 04:56 PM

26. South Park seems like "conservative humor" to me.

Cynical and mean. Of no interest to me.

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Response to David__77 (Reply #26)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 05:04 PM

29. They are left-leaning libertarians, not conservatives.

Usually they are on the right side of things in my opinion.

And they are geniuses at satire. I mean, they made a movie that--IN THE MOVIE--made fun of the people the were attacking the movie. That's some multi-level chess right there.

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Response to David__77 (Reply #26)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 05:17 PM

34. I don't think South Park is conservative humor.

Itís definitely not for everyone (I can take it or leave it) but I definitely wouldnít call it Republican-friendly.

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 04:58 PM

27. Only cruel humor, like Trump mocking the disabled

"Har har har them disabled people sure is funny."

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 05:02 PM

28. Conservative satire is usually bad because they punch down

whereas satire that is usually received well is punching up.

That and they're assholes.

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 05:18 PM

35. Their sense of humor is only insults and being a troll

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 06:30 PM

38. My right wing bro's sense of humor almost always only involves sarcastic digs at expense of liberals

and like many of those on the narcissistic spectrum he has difficulty ever laughing at his own foibles or those of his right wing idols

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Thu Dec 31, 2020, 06:37 PM

41. no

end of that thought.

they only laugh when someone else is crying or hurt

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Thu Dec 31, 2020, 06:39 PM

43. Yes

Kicking disabled veterans out of their home on Christmas seems to give them quite the chuckle.

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Thu Dec 31, 2020, 06:58 PM

45. Yes, but it's the "Punch & Judy Show" kind of humor

It punches down.

I usually put it in terms of (conservative comic strip ) Mallard Fillmore vs the non-conservative strips it was designed to "balance," like Doonesbury, Bloom County, or The Boondocks.

The latter three frequently poke(d) at political topics, but had ensemble casts that generated multiple storylines that weren't necessarily political, took potshots at some of the absurdities of their own "side," and from time to time acknowledge their biases with some self-deprecating humor. For instance, The Boondocks would poke some self-referential fun at Huey Freeman's political stridency with storylines where he's spinning conspiracy theories about Santa Claus, or how politics so crowded Jasmine out of the strip that Aaron McGruder had her reappear after two years and Huey didn't even notice she was gone.

In contrast, Mallard Fillmore has one joke: liberals are stupid, Democrats are venal, and the "reasonable people" are perpetually perplexed at how they don't implode. The laughter is more like a braying donkey than mirth-filled belly-laughs.

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