Tuesday, October 5, 2010

When Do Jokes Cross The Line?

Day 5 of the Blog Challenge...

I get that we Black folks use humor to get us through tough times. It's been that way since slavery. But, the trend now seems to be mean-spirited buffoonery. At least, that's what I'm seeing.

Even on Twitter, nothing and no one is safe. Fantasia Barrino, while she and her family are characters, was pretty much raked over the coals, following a failed suicide attempt. Things were tweeted such as, the attempt failed because she couldn't read the instructions on the pill bottle, just to name one example.

The question that comes to mind is, when do we cross the line? When does "good, clean fun" become a "minstrel show"?

The Fantasia suicide jokes frustrated me a little. I'm pretty sure that had she been successful in her attempt, a lot of the same people that went in on her, would've been tweeting "RIP Fantasia" & going on about how she left us too soon.

That hypocrisy is maddening for me. Somebody trying to kill themselves & leaving a very young child without a parent... Sorry. I am well aware "it's just Twitter". But, that just ain't funny to me. I don't recall any comedians (good ones anyway) that get paid to tell jokes, touching that subject.

The problem is, some Black folks try to hard to be what I call "fashionably funny". When people laugh at our jokes, it gives us a sense of accomplishment. Who doesn't want to be directly responsible for putting smiles on people's faces? I love knowing you might be entertained by something I tweet, or what you might read here.

I champion fun & fuckery as much as anyone else. But, I can't find humor in personal attacks that make others feel bad about themselves. When did that qualify as "comedy"???

Anyway, I'm off this soapbox for now. Those of you that follow this blog, I just want to take a sec to say "Thank You". You could be doing anything else with your time, besides reading my randomness. I can't even express here, how much I appreciate you!


  1. It's good to see someone write on this.

    I feel like a lot of people are in it for the reaction and attention (especially online), which is really sad. When someone needs serious help, what sort of mindset makes it ok to push them even further down?

    Seems like many need to learn the concept of 'time & place'.

  2. I'm with you...I think people can go too far...and some people are just "bandwagoners" who like to agree for the sake of not being called out for being soft, etc. Does ANYONE stand up for right anymore? EVEN if they're standing alone?

    Sad bishes...