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Michael Roberts
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Posted: 15 September 2021 at 9:18am | IP Logged | 1 post reply


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Rock detects a new uptightness in today's campus audiences. He blames a social culture that has taken hypersensitivity overboard as we try to protect kids from insults and other painful realities of life — like race relations.  

The youngsters are "raised on a culture of 'We're not going to keep score in the game because we don't want anybody to lose,' " Rock said. "Or just ignoring race to a fault. You can't say 'the black kid over there.' No, it's 'the guy with the red shoes.' You can't even be offensive on your way to being inoffensive."

Spending 10 minutes on TikTok would prove that Chris Rock's take is incorrect and that young people aren't afraid of being offensive and definitely don't ignore race. They are probably more willing to discuss race than previous generations.

College campuses have always been full of people trying to assert themselves by drawing boundaries. College students can be idealistic and are in the midst of trying to develop their political identity away from their parents. I'd suggest that college students aren't hypersensitive, but have different sensibilities from older, established comics. Not all comedy is universal and edgy humor even less so. Jeff Dunham is incredibly popular and while I thought he was funny when I saw clips of his performances on TV, when I actually saw him in a club several years back, it was just him making racist jokes with puppets. Not my thing.

It's interesting to observe when dynamics change, like when "OK Boomer" became a punchline, many of the older folk who were all "young people are so sensitive and can't take a joke" suddenly became apoplectic and claimed they were victims of discrimination.





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I'm having a a hard time picturing what Jeff Dunham routines you saw that WERE funny.  The guy has always been a black hole of comedy, to me.
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I'm having a a hard time picturing what Jeff Dunham routines you saw that WERE funny.  The guy has always been a black hole of comedy, to me.

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I'm talking 90s sanitized Comedy Central stuff. Also I was a teen, so the bar was definitely lower.
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Said bar would have had to be embedded several feet below the foundation of your house.
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