You’re not a comedian, you’re just a fucking racist

You’re not a comedian, you’re just a fucking racist

So-called social justice warriors have no sense of humour.  Before these pesky do-gooders came along, we were free to joke about anything – racism, rape, disability, nothing was off limits! Now, you can’t even hint at a racial stereotype in a joke without being bullied off Twitter. It’s political correctness gone mad!

At least, that’s what MRAs, UKIP supporters, and the anti-political correctness brigade would like you to think.

They want you to think that the new world order hates laughing and wants everyone to be serious and miserable all of the time.

What these people don’t realise, however, is that it’s not jokes we want to eliminate, it’s prejudice.

It’s not that we have no sense of humour. It’s not that we hate comedy. It’s that your racist joke just isn’t fucking funny.

Do you know what is funny? Satire. Or slapstick. Or wordplay. Or amusing anecdotes. Do you know what’s not funny? Bigotry.

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See, the thing about comedy is it’s supposed to punch up, not down. Comedy should amuse, entertain, delight – it should not harm. I’m not saying mockery is off limits – hell, many people deserve to be mocked mercilessly. People like David Cameron or Boris Johnson or Donald Trump. Not people who happen to be different from you.

‘But a joke’s just a joke!’ I hear you cry. ‘It can do no harm!’ Alas, poor racist, you are wrong.

When you tell a racist joke, one based on stereotypes – stereotypes built on centuries of oppression, discrimination, violence, and murder – you are supporting the notion that these people that you’re mocking are lesser. There’s nothing clever about your joke – there’s no wordplay, no satire, no clever little trick. At the end of the day it simply boils down to ‘LOL BLACK PEOPLE, AMIRIGHT’.

‘But black people tell racist jokes about white people all the time,’ you plead desperately.

Wrong again, my bigoted friend. When a black person makes a joke about a white person, it’s not racism. Is it unkind? Possibly. Is it justified? Absolutely. Do you know why? Because of the aforementioned oppression, discrimination, violence, and murder. My ancestors and contemporaries have spent the majority of history treating people of colour as lesser, inhuman, unworthy of respect; so if a person of colour wants to mock my dancing or my hair or my inability to process spicy food, then go for it. Be my guest. I’ll probably laugh along with you.

Racism is, by definition, institutionalised. It’s perfidious, infecting every aspect of life – from our schools to our hospitals to our justice systems to our supermarkets. So when a white person tells a racist joke, they’re upholding the oppressive status quo, they’re supporting the racist institutions. When a black person tells a joke mocking a white person, they’re trying to restore a little balance to the world, they’re fighting back against the bully.

So next time you’re tempted to use the N word in the pub, or tell a joke about black people and fried chicken, take a step back and think: is this really funny, or is it just really racist?

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6 Comments

  1. Hello Beautiful Bear
    January 7, 2017 / 21:11

    I agree that racism doesn’t have a place anywhere, especially not in the world of comedy where we’re supposed to be – like you said – punching up, not down.
    However, whilst I see your point about what our ancestors did and how yes, we owe people of colour more apologies than we could ever begin to muster, I don’t think that it’s OK for anybody, of any colour, to make racists jokes.
    For this world to be the place we all strive for it to be we need to wipe the slate clean and treat people with respect regardless of their colour, sexuality or any other ‘difference’ altogether.
    You are so totally right though, we all need to stand up and say those words – ‘you’re not a comedian, you’re just a fucking racist’. I don’t see what’s funny about the colour of somebody’s skin at all. I only see what’s beautiful about it.
    X X

    • Liv Woodward
      January 9, 2017 / 13:56

      The thing is though, it’s impossible for a white person to be racist. Racism is all about power structure and institutionalised discrimination. So whilst a black person can be hurtful, rude, or even discriminatory towards white people, they can’t be racist or tell ‘racist’ jokes.

  2. January 14, 2017 / 20:36

    Great post. I really hate hearing people say ‘but black people can be racist, too’ and I am just like no. No They can’t. And besides, it’s NO excuse for your shitty racist joke.

    • Liv Woodward
      January 16, 2017 / 12:33

      Thanks, I’m so glad you liked it! Honestly ‘reverse racism’ arguments (or reverse sexism arguments tbh) bother me SO much. Like, racism is SO Much more than just, ‘lol black people’ or using the N word – it’s ingrained into the social fabric of our world. Plus, like you said, even if reverse racism WAS a thing, it still wouldn’t make being racist okay.

  3. February 25, 2017 / 16:15

    This was a very good read, I must admit! Also, I have to put it out there that I love your content, and I think that what you’re doing is so, so important! While I agree with the first half of your post, I think that POC can be racist towards white people. I’ve encountered racist black individuals who have all but said they’re superior to white people, and I’ve encountered black people who have held prejudice against and have discriminated against white people (for example, I’ve encountered black individuals who believe that black people shouldn’t mix with white individuals so as not to ‘tarnish’ the black race). I get what you’re saying here, but I don’t think past (or present) actions should justify racism from POC. I think everyone should be treated equally and with respect. Also, you made a comment about how it’s impossible for an individual to be racist, can I ask what you mean by that? xx

    • Liv Woodward
      February 27, 2017 / 12:16

      Hi – thank you so much for your comment and your kind words. I’m so glad you like my writing!

      I disagree. PoC can be discriminatory, judgmental, and rude to white people based on their skin colour, sure. But racism is a structural form of oppression. It’s built into our schools and prisons and places of work and class systems and literally every aspect of life. And it’s also historic. So while being rude to white people cos their white might be nasty, it’s NEVER going to be on the same level as racism towards black people, because it’s not ingrained into our society – both past and present. Racism is so much more than just calling black people the N word. It’s insidious and it impacts every aspect of society.

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