Thursday, April 13, 2017

Yep, as predicted, I'm getting OUTRAGED!!!!!!! reactions to my obviously true observation that the widely believed lie that comedy is powerful in subverting evil is a crock of crap.  As is the observation that when you attack people with jokes, it's certainly those without power and who are already targeted for discrimination and hatred who are the ONLY targets that hits. 

I've started to think more about that as I've gotten that reaction so many times.  I think it's a lie told by people in the alleged comedy industry in a similar way that not dissimilar lies are told by the porn industry as to its value and [cough!] virtues.  

I can't think of a word for a conventionalized lie told for commercial reasons, at least not of this type. It's such a pervasive dodge of jerks who make money out of bringing down the collective human culture and society there should be a word for it and a sharper definition of it. 

Update:  Duncan Black, with his claim made yesterday that the Holocaust could be joked about because "any subject can be funny", convinced me the reason his blog is crap is because he's a jerk.  With that he freed me from having to care at all what the jerks who hang out at his place think, at all.   Even the three or so I had any respect for lose some of it by frequenting it.   

Did you hear the joke about the twins Mengele experimented on, murdered and dissected?  Apparently those guys think there must be one possible. 

Update 2:  " you are a humourless...."

April 4th, 1984. Last night to the flicks. All war films. One very good one of a ship full of refugees being bombed somewhere in the Mediterranean. Audience much amused by shots of a great huge fat man trying to swim away with a helicopter after him, first you saw him wallowing along in the water like a porpoise, then you saw him through the helicopters gunsights, then he was full of holes and the sea round him turned pink and he sank as suddenly as though the holes had let in the water, audience shouting with laughter when he sank. then you saw a lifeboat full of children with a helicopter hovering over it. there was a middle-aged woman might have been a jewess sitting up in the bow with a little boy about three years old in her arms. little boy screaming with fright and hiding his head between her breasts as if he was trying to burrow right into her and the woman putting her arms round him and comforting him although she was blue with fright herself, all the time covering him up as much as possible as if she thought her arms could keep the bullets off him. then the helicopter planted a 20 kilo bomb in among them terrific flash and the boat went all to matchwood. then there was a wonderful shot of a child's arm going up up up right up into the air a helicopter with a camera in its nose must have followed it up and there was a lot of applause from the party seats but a woman down in the prole part of the house suddenly started kicking up a fuss and shouting they didnt oughter of showed it not in front of kids they didnt it aint right not in front of kids it aint until the police turned her turned her out i dont suppose anything happened to her nobody cares what the proles say typical prole reaction they never -- 


  1. Right. So because somebody made fun of you for being gay when you were a kid, all jokes are the tools of oppressive heterosexual hegemony.

    Seek help, Sparky.

  2. Well, there was that "Funniest Joke ever written" on Monty Python.

    But I think that was just a joke.

    I suppose humor mocks power and evil; but it doesn't depose it. If it did, satire, a Roman invention, would have brought down the Roman empire. Last time I checked, that wasn't the reason.

    1. Hey, Simps jokes can't even bring me down. They just risk making me feel smug and providing me with material. But they crack'em up over at the ol' "Brain Trust".

  3. [re-posting this because a lot of your recent posts are obviously desperate cries for help]

    Right. Because you got made fun of for being gay when you were a kid, all comedy is a tool of oppressive heterosexual hegemony.

    Seek psychiatric assistance -- it may not be too late.

  4. Actually, you're not humorless, per se.

    You simply have no idea what humor actually is.

  5. That quote you just put up? -- You are deeply, profoundly sick.

    Seriously -- get help. You're probably too old for it to make a difference, but you might as well try.