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    Why is the best comedy offensive?

    I often make note that one of my favorite comedians is one of the most offensive, George Carlin. In terms of beliefs, morals, and politics, I never agreed with him on most things but I found him hilariously offensive. It was a good kind of offense because I felt being able to laugh at myself was important in having thick skin and being able to handle the harsh truths of the world.

    Looking over the kind of comedy I like most, being very offensive in nature, it made me wonder why the best comedy is so offensive. Does anyone have any theories?

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    People used to love controversial comedy. I regularly watched offensive comedies and stand-ups growing up. Funnily enough, even though a lot of offensive jokes are silly, in my opinion growing a thicker skin can help one mature, and like you said learning to laugh at myself has only done me favours. Nowadays though, rather than concerning ourselves with ourselves (and changing ourselves for the better if needed!) most of us are more concerned about how others might judge us because of what we think of others, even if that's merely just enjoying a good ribbing at others' expense every once in a while.

    We're surrounded by wet blankets and snowflakes. People can't take a joke now because they don't want to. When I look at the state of things today, all I can do is laugh.

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    Because comedy comes from pain.
    Someone or something must be the butt of a joke.
    But now that being offended is akin to murder, comedians, especially on youtube are being treated like they're demonic hyper Nazis.
    He'll, some are being compared TO Nazis.
    It's beyond pathetic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    People can't take a joke now because they don't want to.
    That sums up my thoughts on this rather well. People's skin gets thinner and thinner as they grow more vain alongside social media and hearing affirmations about each of their actions on a daily basis. This unconditional self-love stuff is awful because it pushed people to turn into mushy overly-emotional husks of humans who can't handle the thought of any of their decisions being wrong. In the past you could poke more fun of those people, but because they are so fragile they have worked diligently to make that type of speech unacceptable, even in comedy.
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    Do you think comedians will take a stand? I know even some pretty far left comedians even stopped because they don't want to be offensive.

    I did learn something though... That what these people deem as "unoffensive comedy" is to offending someone.

    And comedy coming from pain makes sense. I look at some of the greats and they seemed to have hurt in them and expressed it through humor. Robin Williams was always noted has a very depressed man when he wasn't doing comedy and look how his lifed ended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KorinKitty View Post
    Do you think comedians will take a stand?
    Nope. I don't really have any hope that people in the entertainment industry will stand up against PC culture. Maybe some new faces within the industry will over time, but I can't think of anybody who is already established who would do so.
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