Trevor Noah, Ari Shaffir, Jamie Foxx and the cruelness of comedy

Recently, three male comedians have (again) come under fire for offensive tweets and jokes. Across the three of them, they’ve managed to hit almost every hot button issue: sexism, homophobia, transphobia, anti-Semitism, sizism, and ableism. If they’d crammed racism and Islamaphobia in there too I’d be downright impressed.
Naturally, for each of them, people swiftly came to their defense. Responses are the same tired horse shit you’ve heard before. “It was just a joke, don’t be so uptight!” “Are we the comedy police now?” “What happened to free speech?” “You wouldn’t be  saying that if [insert member of mocked and oppressed group here] had made the joke!”

All of these reactions are stupid and downright boring, much like the “jokes” themselves. If the jokes had actually been funny  or clever or even opportune, I might be more forgiving. But they weren’t. Not only is this bad behavior, it’s bad comedy.

Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
Ari Shaffir
Ari Shaffir

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