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University of London Makes Comedians Sign a 'Safe Space' Agreement

5 comments, 170 views, posted 2:57 am 14/12/2018 in News by HariSeldon
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Comedians invited to perform for charity at the University of London were required to sign a behavioral agreement that stipulated "love, joy, and acceptance" would be themes of the performance.

"This comedy night...aims to provide a safe space for everyone to share and listen," read the form, as reported by PJ Media's Toni Airaksinen. One of the invited comedians, Konstantin Kisin, also posted the full document on Twitter.

"By signing this contract, you are agreeing to our no tolerance policy with regards to racism, sexism, classism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia or anti-religion or anti-theism," the form continued.

The event in question was organized by the University of London's UNICEF on campus chapter. Kisin told the group that he supported their cause, but could not perform under such conditions, according to Airaksinen.

I understand that gratuitous cruelty may not be funny, and that student audiences are increasingly unwilling to hear anything that might offend them (see: Nimesh Patel). Even so, it seems odd to prohibit comedians from making fun of various religions. Is the questioning of religious dogma no longer a fundamental purpose of the university?


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REALITY (10), marksyzm (10), elsels (10), Flee (10)

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3:09 am 14/12/2018

HariSeldon

“So a Jew, a Christian and a Muslim walk into a bar…”

“Stop, stop, stop!”

“What?”

“That’s not funny.”

“But I haven’t even done the joke yet.”

“Yeah, but it won’t be funny. There’s nothing funny about Jews and Christians and Muslims going places together, especially bars. Try something else.”

“OK… a lesbian and a tattooed millennial walk into a bar…”

“No, no, no!”

“What’s wrong with a lesbian and a tattooed millennial? You don’t even know where I’m going with this.”

“I don’t need to know where you’re going. If there’s a lesbian it won’t be funny — lesbians have never been funny. And millennials are super sensitive about their tattoos. Anyway you need to stop writing jokes about people in bars. Bar jokes are done. They’re just not funny anymore.”

“But all kinds of people go to bars. It’s a great place to put people from different backgrounds.”

“In real life, maybe, but not in jokes. Just put the joke someplace other than a bar.”

“OK… two guys are sitting on a park bench”

“Much better!”

“And the one guy says to the other guy…”

“Wait a minute — are they gay or straight?”

“They’re straight”

“Good. Are they Christians or Jews or what?”

“They’re atheists”

“Even better. This is going to be so funny now. I can feel it. OK, go ahead and make the joke.”

“Two straight atheists are sitting on a park bench…”

“Wait, it’s not a playground park is it?”

“What does it matter?”

“Two straight guys in a playground? Are you nuts? People might get the wrong idea; they could be pedophiles or something and there’s NOTHING funny about pedophiles.”

“Alright, alright… two straight atheists are sitting on a park bench near a winding path with no children in sight…”

“Good, good, go on…”

“…and the one guy says to the other guy…”

“Oh my God!”

“What?”

“I forgot to check, are the guys black or white?”

“They’re white, OK? Two blindingly white guys who only like women and don’t believe in God who’ve never even thought about messing with a kid, or going anywhere near a playground, are sitting on a park bench trying to make a fucking joke…”

“Whoa! You can’t say fuck anymore. Fuck’s not funny.”

“Since when?”

“Since last year, I think. It’s misogynistic or something. Just don’t say it.”

“…”

“What? What are you waiting for? Go on, make the joke.”

“No, I lost it.”

“Ah, don’t do that. You’re getting all stiff and tight — just loosen up and make the joke. Don’t over think it.”

“OK, here’s a different one, though. A bone-head comedian meets a politically correct asshole for a cup of coffee…”

“Now that’s a good set-up. You’re really getting the hang of it now!”

“You think?”

“Of course! Assholes are the funniest people alive!”

https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/the-death-of-comedy

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7:42 am 14/12/2018

REALITY

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8:58 am 14/12/2018

marksyzm

I posted a tweet about this one I think in shoutbox

2
9:15 pm 15/12/2018

REALITY

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