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    What is acceptable comedy?

    Rob Lowe recently removed a tweet making fun of Elizabeth Warren saying she “would bring a whole new meaning to Commander in ‘Chief.’” Harmless joke imo, but it upset enough people, which is often the case when someone is made fun of nowadays. So, should we stop making fun of people and make comedy obsolete to spare hurting others? Or maybe just make fun of ourselves? What is acceptable comedy?

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    Re: What is acceptable comedy?

    Quote Originally Posted by JC Callender View Post
    Rob Lowe recently removed a tweet making fun of Elizabeth Warren saying she “would bring a whole new meaning to Commander in ‘Chief.’” Harmless joke imo, but it upset enough people, which is often the case when someone is made fun of nowadays. So, should we stop making fun of people and make comedy obsolete to spare hurting others? Or maybe just make fun of ourselves? What is acceptable comedy?
    That depends entirely on who gets to decide what is deemed "acceptable". Surely, if one can self-designate their own race then one can self-critique their own comedy material. Did he make fun of someone or their voluntary actions?
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    Re: What is acceptable comedy?

    everything is acceptable. Stop being such pusses.

    Lowe's joke is very funny.

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    Re: What is acceptable comedy?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    That depends entirely on who gets to decide what is deemed "acceptable". Surely, if one can self-designate their own race then one can self-critique their own comedy material. Did he make fun of someone or their voluntary actions?
    I'm not expecting the government to outlaw it, but society can turn it into something so negative that a person will risk all they have to engage in it, kind of like saying the N word. And yes, Rob Lowe made fun of Warren's voluntary actions and still ended up deleting his tweet under social pressure.

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    Re: What is acceptable comedy?

    Quote Originally Posted by JC Callender View Post
    Rob Lowe recently removed a tweet making fun of Elizabeth Warren saying she “would bring a whole new meaning to Commander in ‘Chief.’” Harmless joke imo, but it upset enough people, which is often the case when someone is made fun of nowadays. So, should we stop making fun of people and make comedy obsolete to spare hurting others? Or maybe just make fun of ourselves? What is acceptable comedy?
    We should deport the crybabies and Make America Laugh Again!

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    Re: What is acceptable comedy?

    Quote Originally Posted by JC Callender View Post
    Rob Lowe recently removed a tweet making fun of Elizabeth Warren saying she “would bring a whole new meaning to Commander in ‘Chief.’” Harmless joke imo, but it upset enough people, which is often the case when someone is made fun of nowadays. So, should we stop making fun of people and make comedy obsolete to spare hurting others? Or maybe just make fun of ourselves? What is acceptable comedy?
    Warren is an asshole so this tweet was perfectly acceptable.
    Trump is president because folks cant stand those they were brought up to look down on having passed them.

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    Re: What is acceptable comedy?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    who gets to decide what is deemed "acceptable".
    That would be me.
    Trump is president because folks cant stand those they were brought up to look down on having passed them.

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    Re: What is acceptable comedy?

    Three Truths

    1) There have always been things that society, as a whole, has considered unacceptable to the public

    2) exactly what those things are have changed over time

    3) More people whine about this than shout at clouds
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    Re: What is acceptable comedy?

    Quote Originally Posted by JC Callender View Post
    I'm not expecting the government to outlaw it, but society can turn it into something so negative that a person will risk all they have to engage in it, kind of like saying the N word. And yes, Rob Lowe made fun of Warren's voluntary actions and still ended up deleting his tweet under social pressure.
    Yep, it seems that he got to have his cake and eat it too.
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    Re: What is acceptable comedy?

    Professionally, Lowe is an actor, and a very well known one who, on that basis alone, attracts attention to the productions in which he performs. When Lowe (or any other actor) comports himself as a political satirist, his doing so alters the approbation of him that some of his fan base have, and, importantly, it does so as a result of something that has nothing to do with his acting abilities.

    I won't go so far as to say actors should refrain from remarking on politics and political figures; however, I will say that their so commenting has consequences that may manifest themselves, among other ways, negatively with regard to their career as actors. If they're willing to accept and deal with those consequences, they should say whatever they want that augurs to effect them. If, however, actors are unwilling to be held accountable for their remarks, they should either retract their remarks, or, better yet, keep mum in the first place.

    Freedom of expression is not freedom from non-governmentally imposed consequences of having expressed oneself. That reality was discovered by MLK, JFK, RFK, Heather Heyer, Harvey Milk, Malcolm X, and a host of others who've been killed or injured as a result of freely expressing themselves. Of course, assassination isn't the the only consequence. Ostracization and rebuke are two more, and they're the consequences actors most likely must face, and those outcomes have the potential to substantively end an actor's career.

    So what's acceptable political satire for an actor? Whatever the anticipated fan base/viewers of the actor's performance(s) will bear.
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