November 9, 2017 | celebrity | Elliot Wolf | 0 Comments
Comedy was considered art a few years ago. But the recent social climate states you need to watch what you say or you run the risk of upsetting your entire audience and earning the label of sexual harassment sympathizer. There’s no more lone hecklers with opposing opinions that speak out of turn. Now it’s everyone that feels uncomfortable. Apparently Chris Rock crossed the line and verbally assaulted a protected class on stage. Free speech means you’re free to make fun of anyone but why does everyone forget that. These are jokes, lighten up. I don’t understand why the easily offended always love to attend comedy shows. That’s not the place to project your politically correct perspective onto the performer. They’re people trying to make a living too. Future reference for the “feeling fairies” of the world, Chuckie Cheese is typically open until 10 p.m. if you were in the mood to be childish.
Rock performed at New York City’s Comedy Cellar last week (Nov. 2), and raised a lot of eyebrows for his comments about women speaking out about sexual assault.
“[Women] cry rape because they want money,” he reportedly said. According to audience members at the show, many people booed the comedian, and two people were removed from the audience. Several women called him a “sexist pig.” Page Six said the audience was silent when he left the stage.
I️ know not every stand up by a comedian is going to go over well but they’re inherently controversial. To look at this situation objectively maybe the jokes were bad timing because Harvey Weinstein hasn’t been prosecuted yet. But when is it ever a good time to talk about sexual harassment. It’s a heavy topic. Did we set a too soon time limit on 9/11 jokes? Those are some of the most cringeworthy jokes around and they exist. Rape jokes shouldn’t be only reserved for teenagers on xBox Live like some speakeasy. The problem is people look at most comedians like they’re meant to be some sort of sage. Their word isn’t law. Their profession is meant to make you laugh not learn. People who complain have way too much power in 2017. Dave Chappelle’s third stand up special was magically never released on Netflix after his second Texas special was considered transphobic. Carlin is dead so your comedy shows aren’t coming with a lesson on the inconsistencies of society with a side of funny to offset a topic most people would feel offended by.
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