Our Generation Needs to Stop Being Offended by Everything and Learn How to Take a Joke
“There are a lot of people out there whose job it is to be offended for other people,” says comedian Adam Carolla in the new trailer for the documentary Can We Take a Joke?
In the age of social media, people always seem to find something to be offended about. Hiding behind keyboards, social media gives trolls a place to call everything that bothers them out, and sometimes, it goes well beyond “bullying” of comedians!
Can We Take A Joke? comes at a perfect time. It gives us a look at ‘outrage culture’ through the eyes of comics, featuring hilarious comedians like Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette, Lisa Lampanelli, and Adam Carolla:
The comedians all agree on one thing: most of society is losing its ability to take a joke.
“If you’re easily offended, don’t go to a comedy show,” says Heather McDonald.
People are often offended by things that are so small compared to the actual problems in the world. You don’t tend to see people being ‘offended’ or even talking about the fact that there are starving children in third world countries, but the second a joke or an ad is slightly offside, they lash out like they’ve been a victim of the greatest injustice ever.
With so many horrible things happening in the world, a lot of people use humour in otherwise depressing situations.
It’s also important to remember that comedy is subjective. You don’t have to like someone else’s jokes the same way you don’t have to have the same taste in music, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to start a hashtag #stopcountry because you’re not a fan.