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Old 12-06-2008, 07:48 AM   #1
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Achmed, the Terrorist.

What do people think about this? I keep seeing it on the internet and on the TV, and can honestly say that the first time I watched the youtube link I was rendered speechless. Do people ACTUALLY find that funny? Is that not overstepping some sort of line and horrifically tasteless and offensive...?
What with all of the TV complaints in the UK lately, I know that certainly wouldn't make any network over here without severe repercussions. And, besides, is it just me who doesn't find it funny in the slightest...?
It's actually depressing that people in that audience are laughing.


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Old 12-06-2008, 12:34 PM   #2
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I can't believe this guy isn't from the south.

It is rather offensive, but pretty funny (2:10 had me laughing out loud). It's mostly the look of the puppet though. The eyes and the eyebrows make the thing.
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Old 12-06-2008, 04:37 PM   #3
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I just can't sit through it without feeling uncomfortable - I think the '7 virgins' bit is particularly embarrassing. And we wonder in the west why people of other cultures and religions hate us?!
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I've heard of this but never seen it. Yeah, it's in poor taste because of that turban and the accent. But he's only parodying the typical terrorist that the world sees. If the typical terrorist was a white caucasian male, that's who will be parodied I guess. Either way it's sad.
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My issue with this? It's not that funny, and about five years behind the times, when it would have been edgy instead of derivative. It would be like making a show about George Bush in 2008. Yes, we know he's an idiot. And you wrote that joke down back in 2002. Same thing here.

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I can't believe this guy isn't from the south.
He was actually born in Dallas.
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I just can't sit through it without feeling uncomfortable - I think the '7 virgins' bit is particularly embarrassing. And we wonder in the west why people of other cultures and religions hate us?!
Yes, it's clearly because of our B-rate stand up comedians.
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Old 12-06-2008, 06:32 PM   #8
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Yes, it's clearly because of our B-rate stand up comedians.
No, it's because this skit got 75,159,771 views on youtube and has a five star rating. Is that not worrying to you? That so many people not only find this funny, but probably agree with the ignorant views too?
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Short answer, no.
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No, it's because this skit got 75,159,771 views on youtube and has a five star rating. Is that not worrying to you? That so many people not only find this funny, but probably agree with the ignorant views too?
Yeah, for as wonderful an internet tool it is, YouTube seems to be a vast hub of stupidity. I try to avoid any and all comments there whenever possible.
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I've got to agree with Lance here.
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Short answer, no.
...do you share those views, then?
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What do people think about this? I keep seeing it on the internet and on the TV, and can honestly say that the first time I watched the youtube link I was rendered speechless. Do people ACTUALLY find that funny? Is that not overstepping some sort of line and horrifically tasteless and offensive...?
It is offensive and not at all funny. The worst part is that it is careless. Comedians have a responsibility to not send the wrong messages to audiences. They might be edgy but beneath it all they're there to create this positive emotion, called laughter. Being tasteless and offensive only hurts and angers. They have a responsibility to not create negative emotions when they are there to make people laugh.
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...do you share those views, then?
Of course not. But pointing at a stand-up skit as a sign of American decadence is patently absurd. Are there intolerant people in this country? Absolutely. But there are intolerant people everywhere in the world, and I'm not going to go off and cry about it every time I think I see an example of it. And another thing, people from other parts of the world don't hate us nearly as much as we're led to believe. Of course there will always be people who hate different cultures... that will remain completely unavoidable throughout the course of human history for as long as there are cultural differences.

And you can't say this piece is especially bad because it isn't funny. Comedy is the most subjective thing in the world for people, and there are obviously thousands of people who do think this is funny. And I'm not about to get riled up over a comedian playing on racial stereotypes for a laugh... that's their job.
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Famously unfunny.
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