30 Oct 2017

And Then, A Joke...

I couldn’t help but notice that a joke was attempted by that cove Gove last week. It related somewhat to some chap with the unlikely name,  Hardy Winestain. As jokes go it was pretty rubbish and as such should’ve been binned and forgotten. However, a slack handful of the usual professional perpetually offended took to their keyboards and condemned the cove for telling a joke that they had decided was in extremely poor taste.

Condemning someone for attempting a joke is sad enough but what’s really sad is that the Grovel actually thought it was necessary to go to great lengths to apologise for attempting to be a tad humorous. Just think of the kudos he would’ve received if he’d simply stated, “You’re offended? Why don’t you just put Twatter down and join us grownups in the real world.”

I’ll guarantee, back at the dawn of the time when we’d just started to stagger around two legged, that the first attempt at humour was at the expense of a fellow tribe member, a member of a neighbouring tribe or a member of a tribe with a slightly differing shade of skin. Here we are, and can you think of any humour that still doesn’t involve a dig at another person, a different race or place? Tough call. My all time favourite of the genre still has to be this from the Dailymash. Anyhoo, all joking aside, to be on the modern day ‘safe side’ wouldn’t it be better to ban all joking altogether?

It reminded me of a post from a little bit after a while ago on a different but similar snowflake topic from which is the bit wot is below.

   May I humbly suggest to those flip-flop folk that they take a holiday anywhere well south, southeast or southwest of Dover, befriend a local to clue them in to some of the local expressions used jokingly and derogatorily when they see ol’ whitey, then sit at a street café and check how often they pick up on those expressions as opposed to the number of times they hear, “Oh, look, a nice white couple; we should invite them round ours for tofu tonight.”

Of course these days there’s no great need to travel afar; just sit outside a coffee shop or café  in any of our city or town centres right here.

There’s a good read {read} over at  Readwald. Pardon? Been there, read {red} it already? Okay, but if you did miss it, it’s regarding the direction of travel of academia. Nice one.

Quote;  Caitlyn Paige.

“What ever happened to creativity? What ever happened to the passion? What ever happened to speaking ones mind? I'll tell you what happened. The kids aged, but never grew up. A baby can whine if it does not like something because it doesn't know better. What's your excuse? Stop getting offended whenever the wind blows your hair the wrong way! We will get nowhere if we continue to avoid truths to avoid offense. Speak your mind and do not be afraid of stepping on toes. The truth can be ugly, and that's what makes it so beautiful. Speak your mind, but don't take this as a chance to lose respect either. Always keep respect. If someone then still claims to be offended, it is not because of you, nor is it your fault. They simply don't like the taste of the bittersweet truth.”

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