I woke up at 3:47 this morning annoyed.
In the last couple of days there seems to be a trend on social media of people telling the rest of us what we are not allowed to joke about.
Rape. Molestation. Suicide. Mental Illness. Faith. Weight. Race. Blah. Blah. Fucking blah.
Even some of my comedian friends are hammering out lists of things others are not allowed to joke about.
Listen up, motherfucker, I don't get offended by much, but you tell me I am not allowed to make a joke and I will fucking fight you.
Maybe YOU cannot tell jokes of a certain topic and that is your business. Maybe YOU won't laugh at jokes of a certain topic. Again, your business.
One of my favorite comediennes tells a joke about the time she was raped. It's fucking hilarious and brutal. Tell her she's not allowed to make that joke and I suspect you'll end up with a stiletto in your fucking skull.
You may not like laughing at yourself or your personal tragedy - and that is completely understandable and absolutely your purview. But do not allow your issues to regulate what the rest of us can and cannot do.
If it isn't funny to you, don't spend your money on it.
Just because it isn't funny to you, doesn't mean it isn't funny. Sure as fuck does not mean it should be verboten.
My dad was an alcoholic with severe depression. On the last day he ever woke he drove his motorcycle straight into a brick wall. On purpose.
That was the day I was sent down the road to becoming a comedian. I dug deep into the ugly of the thing that was making me the saddest I have ever been and found the funny.
Ugly things happen to us all. Those things are not funny when the happen to any of us. I get that. Any intelligent person would. And yes, there are things I will never make jokes about. But I will not tell you or anyone else you are not allowed to.
And yes, there are people out there who say things for the shock value.
Fuck 'em. Seriously, just fucking change the channel, hide the post, whatever.
But stop telling the world what we're allowed to find funny. Just cause you can't find the funny in cancer/rape/suicide/blahfuckingblah, doesn't mean I can't.