Sacred Cows

“Sacred cows make the best hamburger.” — Mark Twain

Q. How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?

A. That’s not funny!

Many humorists will point out that the object of comedy is to shock the audience; to take people out of their comfort zone by making them laugh. The comedians of the 70s and 80s certainly did that; George Carlin’s “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” was considered groundbreaking precisely because he deliberately set out to offend his audience. Today’s comedians still claim that mantle, using the most offensive language possible to skewer the traditions and political figures… but only those on the right side of the aisle, oddly enough. It seems to me that the so-called cutting-edge comedians are still living in the world of the 1950s, where conservative and Christian traditions are still the established culture of America. Where the humorists of the 1970s were mocking the establishment, their modern equivalents are simply taking cheap shots at easy targets.

Vox Day diagnoses the problem:

Actually, it’s not quite true to say that progressives are completely humorless. They do enjoy one single joke that they repeat over and over again, in a myriad of variants.

“That X, he sure is stupid, isn’t he!”

What passes for progressive humor isn’t actually humor per se, it is merely group reinforcement behavior.

This is why most modern comedians will never attack the sacred cows of the left – abortion, gay marriage, diversity, etc. By mocking the right, they are identifying themselves as members of the correct group of people, who think, speak, and believe in the correct manner. This is why anyone can joke about white men (rednecks, Nascar, etc) but nonwhites, gays, and women are off-limits. (Except for conservative women, of course – see Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann.) This is why conservative Christian culture can be mocked all day long, but we are not allowed to joke about Muslim culture, African culture, Hispanic culture, or anything else that is non-Western.

Me? I am just against double standards, and in favor of equal treatment. If it was ok to portray President George W. Bush as a chimp, then we should have no problem doing the same for President Obama. If it was ok to call a dung-smeared portrait of the Virgin Mary “art,” then we should have no problem doing the same for the Prophet Mohammad. Go for it, you fearless cutting-edge comedians! Make it happen!

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