Today I posted this joke on my facebook wall –
I rear-ended a car this morning…the start of a really bad day! The driver got out of the other car, and he was a dwarf
He looked up at me and said ‘I am NOT Happy!’ So I said, ‘Well, which one ARE you then?’
Its a Basil Brush Boom-boom joke.
It is in no way intended to be hurtful, its just bloody silly. In todays politically correct world I had an odd comment or two that expressed dismay, one person described it as ‘mean’.
‘Childish’, ‘juvenile’, ‘sophomoric’, ‘silly’ I’ll take; but ‘mean’? – never.
Its a ridiculous joke, its harmless, furthermore this type of gag is the basis of many of the great British humorists like the The Goons and Monty Python and is increasingly apparent in American humour too. Actually, this type of joke has been around since Adam was a lad.
Rather than choosing to take offense (particularly on behalf of others – that’s a bit rich isn’t it?); isn’t it time we learned to laugh at ourselves again, even if a gag contains stereotypical references, and not take things so seriously? Surely these jokes should be judged by intent not content. If it’s not your cup of tea, I understand it – but lets not censor that which others find amusing. Lets not admonish folk who want to have a laugh so long as it does actually contain material that in some way can be judged to be humourous. After all, “Funniest Home Videos” is still running, isn’t it? God help us all.
I was only saying to my wife’s sister in bed this morning that there’s too much joy in this world.