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Racism and comedy

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One of the most interesting talks I attended was by Thomas Ford, a psychologist from Western Carolina University, who has studied the effects sexist and racist humor has on people, and how prejudiced attitudes combined with disparaging humor may affect one's tendency to discriminate against others.
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As Nigel Farage claims we 'can't start censoring humour', after a comedian made several jokes about foreigners and Muslims at a UKIP event, stand-up comedian Ava Vidal offers a masterclass on where to draw the line in a modern Britain
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Comedians must know their craft. You must know what kind of audience you are dealing with and also what the mood is at the time in America. Some things you can talk about some you can't. Some things you cannot say now you may be able to say later that is how it works.
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Comedy has historically been an arena where racial issues can be openly discussed. Primarily used by Black comedians to give insight to others the effects of prejudice. All of the great comedians have used race in their acts, Pryor, Murphy,Fox and most currently Rock. Chris Rock uses comedy as a social commentary on the way race has impacted him thus giving further insight to people not of color. Comedy and humor allows individuals to share information in a non threatening way. The subject of race is generally presented in heated debates and arguments. In comedy its different and it allows a person to listen and receive what the comedian is saying and begin an open discussion. One could say this has been effective in improving race relations. The situation changes when a white comedian like Silverman callously misuses her craft without knowledge. The use of black face in any aspect is offensive.( if you don't believe me look up the origin of black face. Trust me it would make you sick) There are ways to make make people laugh and then there are ways to make people sneer. Of course, usage of such a highly offensive tool such as blackface would promote the latter.
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Comedy has historically been an arena where racial issues can be openly discussed. Primarily used by Black comedians to give insight to others the effects of prejudice. All of the great comedians have used race in their acts, Pryor, Murphy,Fox and most currently Rock. Chris Rock uses comedy as a social commentary on the way race has impacted him thus giving further insight to people not of color. Comedy and humor allows individuals to share information in a non threatening way. The subject of race is generally presented in heated debates and arguments. In comedy its different and it allows a person to listen and receive what the comedian is saying and begin an open discussion. One could say this has been effective in improving race relations. The situation changes when a white comedian like Silverman callously misuses her craft without knowledge. The use of black face in any aspect is offensive.( if you don't believe me look up the origin of black face. Trust me it would make you sick) There are ways to make make people laugh and then there are ways to make people sneer. Of course, usage of such a highly offensive tool such as blackface would promote the latter.
The big difference in the comedians listed is that they are black and they make race jokes either about being black or being oppressed at the hands of another race. The question is whether people of certain colors who have never been in racial situations can make jokes about it.
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The people have spoken. Comedian/actress Sarah Silverman spoke at the Democratic National Convention on Monday, offering her support for the soon-to-be-official nominee, Hillary Clinton.

On Wednesday, a suspiciously anti-Hillary post popped up on her Twitter account. The tweet was quickly deleted and followed by an all-caps denunciation:"MY TWITTER ACCT GOT HACKED THIS IS NOT ME"
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