DISABILITIES and HUMOR
A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of cranky old man who is apparently void of all empathy. Opposing opinions are welcome. They will be ignored, but they are welcome, and please, no name calling. That means you, you big stupid head!
One of my favorite bloggers, Melynda at “Life Happens,” recently posted on having a disability and dealing with politically correctness @ http://pmmkpl.blogspot.com/2014/04/political-correctness.html.
Melynda is legally blind from I believe diabetes. She had quit posting a while ago, but apparently a medical procedure has allowed her to post again…Yay!
Anyway, her post has made me think; when is it ok to make a joke about a disability? Some people choose to have a sense of humor over their disability and others choose to be victims. I can understand either reaction, and I do not judge, but I have to say those who choose to have a sense of humor are more fun than the victims.
Some jokes or comments are clearly meant to mock and be mean, while some are intended to defuse the elephant in the room. How do you always know the intent? My guess is that those with a disability just know.
Disabilities are not funny.
Speech issues are not funny. Still, I laugh at Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety Bird and Elmer Fudd. Is that wrong?
Being blind is clearly (can I say clearly) not funny, but I laugh at Mr. McGoo. W.C. Fields once did a short about a deaf blind man in a general store, Mr. Muckle. It is so funny I about wet my pants watching. Is that wrong?
It is no laughing matter being addicted to drugs or alcohol, but they sure make for some funny jokes or comedy skits. Being stupid isn’t funny, should we outlaw jokes about Blondes?
If we take offense in making fun of disabilities or differences in cultures then we must eliminate the following subjects:
Polish jokes, Jewish jokes, Italian jokes, jokes about Black people, WASPS, Arabs, Asians, the Irish…wait, for some reason the Irish are always fair game…any disability, ignorance, old people, bald people, fat people, thin people, smart people, children, any profession, gay people, angry people, politicians, bankers and lawyers. Oh yeah and red necks.
Did you hear the one about the average man with an average complexion who had an average job? He went to work, and returned to his average home and his average wife who had two average children and asked, “How was your day?” and the wife responded, “It was about average.”
Get it? Average! Funny huh?
Try it with the wife having a lisp.
“I geth it wath about the thame ath uthual.”
I’ll bet Melynda thinks it’s funny.
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man, and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.