What Dave Chappelle’s defenders reveal about so-called comedy fans
They don’t get what freedom of speech is
They think they can dictate what others can feel offended by, dictate how others feel anything.
While you should definitely criticise their lack of level-headedness, you should also remember they are your fellow human beings, NOT your toy robots. It is unreasonable of you to demand them to stop behaving like human beings.
While you have the right to defend any jokes, it is just sensical that the butts of the jokes — whose lives are definitely being affected — are entitled to the biggest megaphones.
And when the jokes target the likes of you and you are fine with it, just remember that you are just one person. As worthy as your opinions are, your fellows’ are just as important.
They care too much about your feelings
If they really don’t, why would they think negative opinions ruin their fun? Why can’t they just enjoy the things enjoy and ignore the haters?
I was able to enjoy Harry Potter despite knowing that religious puritans hated the series and they even made the books banned from school libraries. Considering we live in a digital age, we can still access banned works, anyway.
Maybe they are those annoying fans who demand the rest of the world to love what they love. Maybe they think their taste comedy is objectively the best and it is an atrocity against reason to think otherwise.
Those are fair assumptions. Don’t deny it.
They don’t know comedy that well
They believe jokes are meant to be jokes, nothing more. Well, history of comedy says otherwise.
In America, some of its most legendary comedians are ones who insert serious messages into their jokes. Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Smothers Brothers, Mort Sahl are just a few examples.
If you want to go more contemporary, The Daily Show correspondents and veterans are arguably the most well-known examples. Heck, even Chappelle himself has inserted commentaries about racism into his jokes. In fact, isn’t that a reason why he became a legend in the first place?
Regardless whether Chappelle is a transphobe or just a preteen edgelord stuck in an adult’s body, how can anyone who claims to be comedy fans thinks every joke should never be taken seriously?
If jokes can have underlying serious commentaries, why can’t they accept that jokes can also harbour genuine bigotry?
Pay attention to the jokers when they are not performing. The more they talk sincerely, the more likely they reveal their true selves. Then, we can tell whether their jokes are just edgy OR genuinely hateful.
Wait, who am I kidding? I am expecting too much from my fellow human beings.
Too many of them are blind to what is in front of them…. and yet, I am expecting them to read between the lines.
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