Well after posting a couple of side splittingly funny (just my opinion of course) jokes on a thread started by someone else I finally got my first negative rep!
...but to balance it out I also got 4 positive reps for the same joke(s), so overall a success!
I am interested though in what subjects people on here feel are beyond a joke...I am personally of the opinion that all subjects can be laughed at if only to maintain some sort of perspective and sanity in this crazy, unfair and fecked up world in which we live/survive.
Obviously it does depend a lot on the time/place that the humour is used...you don't generally turn up at a funeral and expect to get too many laughs, although I did get a laugh during my speech at my younger brother's funeral (that was a case of knowing your audience).
So come on, what do you think can't be laughed at?
at least the first negative rep I have noticed...I don't know if/how you can see all past rep given[/edit]
Last edited by CESIL; 6th July 2011 at 12:28 PM.
I laugh at anything, never read seen or heard a joke that has offended me, but then again I don't really get 'offended' by anything anyway!
Sexism, racism, violence or threat of violence...otherwise I am pretty easy going. Some jokes cut it close but I'd say on the post.
In a sense, anything is fair game in humour. It depends on the intent and the audience.
Having friends of various nationalities and races, I understand that a racist joke told in such a way that it shows the ignorance of a racist can be funny. On the other hand a racist joke aimed at degrading a particular race is not funny.
To my way of thinking that would not be classed as a joke, I believe the correct term would be insult...On the other hand a racist joke aimed at degrading a particular race is not funny.
Any disasters in the news that have just happened. Give it at least an hour...
I think negative repping over jokes is a bit harsh, personally. If all jokes everywhere were completely sanitised to be made as inoffensive as possible, you'd have no jokes left*. If you don't enjoy it, just click away.
Negative rep should really be used for personal attacks on people, genuinely offensive statements, obvious shilling for a company (although such users are normally banned pretty sharpish anyway).
*possible exception: what's grey and can't swim?
A filing cabinet.
This may be offensive to filing cabinet enthusiasts and/or non-swimmers though, so YMMV.
what is beyond a joke in general or on here?
As I feel in general most things are fair game, but on here some jokes should be left outside. Even though the jokes about the paedophiles or rapists may be side splittingly funny, I just don't feel that an educational forum (even in a jokes section) is the right place for them.
The world would be a much better place if people stopped getting offended by words... they're just sounds, a way of communicating, we give them meaning. If you refuse to accept a word as offensive, then you won't be offended by it and idiots will stop using it to try to insult you.
I think any subject is fair game for a joke so long as that is all it is.
I suppose in a strictly PC world, Irish/blonde jokes would be taboo but then they wouldn't be funny. I love Ireland and the Irish and I've loved a blonde or two as well. I would hate to offend them, or anyone else for that matter.
I'm of the opinion (rightly or wrongly) that there is very little that CANNOT be joked about.
Over the years, humour has become more and more homogenised. So much so that someone like Frankie Boyle is castigated in the press for JOKES!
It is the same in any walk of life....what's good for one person, will not be so good for another. However, these days you have to try to please EVERYONE, and as someone very famous once said....
(paraphrasing)"You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time"
If you don't like a joke, why NEG REP? Just ignore it and move on.....
Nothing to see here, move along please!
It's the same mentality as writing to Points of View about an "offensive" show.
See Jerry Springer opera.
Common sense would dictate that if you don't like something, don't do/watch/read it... but people like ruining other's entertainment.
I never DID understand Mary Whitehouse....
Though I DID understand the Mary Whitehouse Experience, but that's by the by!
Everyone has an OFF button on their telly. You ALL have the capacity to go to a different thread, so if you don't like a joke, and you see who posted it, you know that you probably won't like their jokes in future.
Which of you would go and see the aforementioned Mr Boyle? I suspect it's only those that find him funny. Therefore, those who don't, stay away. That's how it works!
By the way....+REP coming for the filing cabinet joke....Loved that one!!!
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