Does Comedy Have To Be PC, Or Else?

In this day and age, one wonders.

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One of the funniest movies ever made, Blazing Saddles, could not be made today. Why? Because the ethnic humor, which is a parody of ethnic humor itself, would run into the teeth of the PC thought police.

In countless situations, the Chappelle attack is merely one, lunatics and Bolsheviks, excuse the redundancy, are trying to bend the culture to their authoritarian wishes. They have largely succeeded. Writer Joe Concha wants to reverse the trend. It’s important we do just that.

Concha: The on-stage assault of a comedian was not a matter of if, but when. Is this the new normal? The comedian: Arguably the greatest of his generation, Dave Chappelle. The venue: The iconic Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles.

Chappelle, the target of cancel culture not too long ago, was attacked during his performance before more than 17,000 in attendance. And before we laugh this off as Will Smith 2.0, know this: The attacker was armed with a replica handgun that contained a knife blade.

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This could have been very serious, even fatal. Thankfully, security along with actor Jamie Foxx, a guy you would not want to deal with in this kind of situation, was there to pummel the guy into submission. And Chris Rock was there to lighten the mood, knowing how it feels to have the stage turned into a free-for-all. But let’s say a comedian not of Chappelle’s fame is performing in a typical comedy club, where patrons are sitting only a few feet from the stage with no massive security.

Do comics suddenly have to rethink the jokes they tell? Do they have to become what Hollywood has, “politically correct,” and not even think about making a joke about anyone considered part of a minority group, all to avoid physical harm?

Either way, the Oscar Academy and Will Smith are partly to blame for this horrific precedent. Smith walked up on stage to slap comedian Chris Rock, hard, and was allowed to watch the rest of the show, receive an award, and make an acceptance speech, which received a standing ovation, of course.

No accountability. Minimal consequences. It’s a lot like our justice system in Democrat-run cities these days. Commit the crime, don’t do the time. Or on college campuses, where conservative speakers require hundreds of thousands of dollars, just to get to a stage safely. Or in the media, where the “speech is violence” line is constantly peddled. Add it all up, and America is becoming one big safe space, that actually isn’t safe!

Because too many on the left believe there is no free speech. Just the right kind of speech and the wrong kind. Just ask Elon Musk. And if that’s the thought process, then that’s… a whole bowl of wrong.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
13 days ago

Let comedy be rank, raw, vicious & funny
Dump PC comics