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Old 04-29-2005, 04:02 PM   #1
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Your thoughts on racist jokes

i was just thinking to myself which is what i do all the day everyday... what are your opinions regarding "racist jokes"? most of them are play on stereotypes and while soem think they're simply harmless others find them truly offensive. being a minority i always laugh at jokes regarding my race and do not find them offensive (as of yet)...

i was just curious what everybody thinks about them.

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in all cases, even if told by a minority
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Old 04-29-2005, 04:47 PM   #3
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i prefer my humour to be on a higher level of sophistication than crude stereotypes.
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Depends who says it and how its done. I quite like some jokes about Australians, for example. The ones that are true but exaggerated.

But if the joke is told by a bigot then its not funny at all.
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I can't seem to find any humour in those. Anyway, if I'm with friends and I'm the only one that doesn’t' laugh (and that happens occasionally) I feel like going back to my box
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some can be harmful, but Ive enjoyed a few, you see Ive got a lot goin on here, from Hispanic, Irish, american indian, the list goes on, so I laughed when my old drummer said to me " if you were a sandwich at Mcdonalds, you would be the Mc spic, haha, anyways, some jokes just arent called for, and some are just plain funny. I think it depends on the person you are telling it to, and we all have to face it, none of us are angels, and we have all laughed at a racist joke at one point in our lives, other times we have said, "man thats just wrong". So I guess its all who you tell it to. I would never get totally serious about something like that cause I dont take myself that seriously, and I try very hard to not sweat the small stuff, leave the drama for your mama, haha. Ever hear the one about " 2 irish men walk out of a bar"................................................................................................................. hahahahahahahahahahaa............right!


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true, beli. there's a big difference between a flat out offensive joke and a funny observation about a cultural characteristic. i suppose it depends on the intent of both the speaker and the joke, but there's a world of difference between the two.
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depends on who tells them. im polish/irish and laugh at any jokes about poles being dumb and irish being angry and drunks. so one someone tells one about another race i laugh as well. as long as you can tell its a joke i have no prob with it. some people take jokes way to serious. i love to laugh and will laugh if i find something funny.
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some can be harmful, but Ive enjoyed a few, you see Ive got a lot goin on here, from Hispanic, Irish, american indian, the list goes on, so I laughed when my old drummer said to me " if you were a sandwich at Mcdonalds, you would be the Mc spic, haha, anyways, some jokes just arent called for, and some are just plain funny. I think it depends on the person you are telling it to, and we all have to face it, none of us are angels, and we have all laughed at a racist joke at one point in our lives, other times we have said, "man thats just wrong". So I guess its all who you tell it to. I would never get totally serious about something like that cause I dont take myself that seriously, and I try very hard to not sweat the small stuff, leave the drama for your mama, haha. Ever hear the one about " 2 irish men walk out of a bar"................................................................................................................. hahahahahahahahahahaa............right!


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some can be harmful, but Ive enjoyed a few, you see Ive got a lot goin on here, from Hispanic, Irish, american indian, the list goes on, so I laughed when my old drummer said to me " if you were a sandwich at Mcdonalds, you would be the Mc spic, haha, anyways, some jokes just arent called for, and some are just plain funny. I think it depends on the person you are telling it to, and we all have to face it, none of us are angels, and we have all laughed at a racist joke at one point in our lives, other times we have said, "man thats just wrong". So I guess its all who you tell it to. I would never get totally serious about something like that cause I dont take myself that seriously, and I try very hard to not sweat the small stuff, leave the drama for your mama, haha. Ever hear the one about " 2 irish men walk out of a bar"................................................................................................................. hahahahahahahahahahaa............right!


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Gotta agree here, and with beli too.

Like DMP (my son for those of you who don't know) said, our family is so mixed...Caucasian, Hispanic, African-American, straight, gay, etc. We have all made little jokes about our differences and for the most part, its not meant or taken as offensive. My husband's family is always making jokes about their own ethnicity (and mine sometimes too) but I take no offense.

Now if someone came out with an outright racist joke or comment, that would not be okay but making light of our obvious differences has never never been a problem.

But I would be very careful about joking in that same way around someone who was not in our immediate family circle.
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i understand that the way the joke is told makes a difference, obviously someone who would say a 'racist' joke in a rude or insulting way is hardly joking in the first place...but yea when i hear mexican jokes such as "why do mexicans eat tamales for christmas?"....."so they have somethign to unwrap"....i laugh, i find it harmless because being mexican i know thats not true so in reality its not offensive.

i wonder though how people react to racist comments in the likes of the show family guy where peter would say regarding the southern usa "is that where the white people are angry at the black people for being so lazy but the white people are just as lazy?"... is this offensive? funny? or a satirical take on america's prejudices in general?

sorry if i come across as having no point, i had one but it might have gotten lost between themy ramblings.
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i understand that the way the joke is told makes a difference, obviously someone who would say a 'racist' joke in a rude or insulting way is hardly joking in the first place...but yea when i hear mexican jokes such as "why do mexicans eat tamales for christmas?"....."so they have somethign to unwrap"....i laugh, i find it harmless because being mexican i know thats not true so in reality its not offensive.

i wonder though how people react to racist comments in the likes of the show family guy where peter would say regarding the southern usa "is that where the white people are angry at the black people for being so lazy but the white people are just as lazy?"... is this offensive? funny? or a satirical take on america's prejudices in general?

sorry if i come across as having no point, i had one but it might have gotten lost between themy ramblings.

hahahaha, the tamale joke, Ive never heard it before, hahahahahaha LMAO
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I'm Jewish, so I'm too busy counting my $, suing people, controlling the media and polishing my horns to chat about this, sorry.
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