Have been very passively watching the Trevor Noah controversy regarding some Tweets of questionable taste (to some) and felt I needed to weigh in…but only after calming down a bit.
I think the difference between comedy and ridicule comes down to intent, common decency and a realistic view of the world:
1) If you make a joke about an individual and he/she doesn’t like it, you should apologize sincerely and move on.
2) If you make a joke about a group, community or category and they don’t like it, fuck ‘em; that’s what comedy’s about.
* drops mike *
* picks mike back up *
* apologizes to mike for being a jerk *
* moves on *
I guess that’s why all germans used to laugh like monkeys at the SS and their puffy pants but nobody would say bugger all about Hitler’s moustache.