When the "offended" can cause the immediate unemployment of 30 plus people they become more empowered to force their agenda. I'm upset that Universal caved in to this small hate group.
BTW; the clip used is from the 2006 Orlando show and not from the 2013 Universal show.
Would that same person say it is okay to make fun of the stereotype of a mentally disabled person, as long as they weren't making fun of a specific mentally disabled person? I certainly hope not.
People are entitled to their opinions, however hateful they may be, but I just wanted to be one who expresses my appreciation to someone who has the guts to write an article like the one Jacob wrote. Score another point for Theme Park Insider and the outstanding people who write for it.
Anyway, didn't want to suggest I had an opinion about the specific show, which I have never seen.
Also, this NFL thing is getting a bit ridiculous. I'm not sure why now it magically became an issue. Not writing it is not helping either..
I think I can guess where Mr Reichley stands politically....
Oh, and congratulations Jacob on a thoughtful and well-argued article.
I respect peoples opinions - even this guy. I have a difficult time even understanding how anyone can hold an opinion of the nature of the show they have not seen.
I believe that Universal made a mistake in pulling the show from HHN.
I can laugh at myself as much as the next guy, actually being gay, I have to be able to handle of that than most, even today. But I was surprised how nervous and offended I was surrounded on those bleachers by screaming guffawing, straight kids. I have to note that, my friend, also gay, was less offended than I was.
For perspective, I am not some crazy politically correct teetotaler without a sense of humor. I like comedy, even offensive comedy. Lisa Lampinelli, for example, is hysterical when she makes fun of gays, partially because she makes fun of everyone and she does so with irony.
The Bill and Ted's show was simply gay bashing.
Not commenting directly on the content of the show (because I haven't seen it) but I do have another zany observation!!!
The fact that it was a "comedy show" that was deemed offensive & pulled from horror nights is kinda thought provoking, in a twilight zone kinda way.
Extreme violence, death, gruesome images, killings, etc. are all over the place.
I'm not saying that if the show was offensive it shouldn't have been addressed....I'm just commenting on how, in a park where all those other things are taking place, it was a show that caused the scandal !!
Because, TECHNICALLY, all of horror nights can be deemed inappropriate.
Welcome to the entertainment industry: you're show gets cancelled, you're out of a job. That's the life you live if you want to be an actor, writer, producer, ect.
There's a good chance WB/DC sent a cease and desists or threatened a lawsuit especially since the show has gained so much negative attention.
DC sent the Orlando show a cease and desist when they used Lex Luther as the villain in 2006.
I still feel bad when 30 plus people lose their jobs because of the opinion of one person. I feel bad when any group of people in any industry lose their job suddenly.
Offensive comedy is expected. It is strange that people define what can or cannot be offensive. Lately, there has been a rash offensive gay humor that was called out against major comedians. Often time, the critics/silencers call them ignorant. I wonder if that isn't the point. The nature of humor is to create a strawman and attack it. They create a caricature or stereotype and then elevate the insults to a new level. That's the way it works. If you don't like the stereotype, then I guess... here's another one.
These days, it is perfectly fine to insult white men and Christians, but you can't say anything about any other perceived minority.
Comedy is no longer funny. It turned into a bland fest of safe comedy that insults no one, but maybe another joke about the Kardashians isn't so bad. We can't allow Obama jokes though or its racist.
People in this world need to get a grip. I would say they should just stop being offended by things, but I don't think it's that simple. People need to start taking care of, and worrying about themselves, and not what other people think or say about them. Our society has turned into one that can't even laugh at itself for its differences or idosyncrasies. Stereotypes are never going away since they are a part of human nature, and how we relate to one another. Comedy, in particular, is always going to go right up to the edge, and sometimes over, to elicit laughs. What is different between people is often funny, even to the group being made fun of, and jokes around stereotypes have been around for centuries, and will continue to propogate as long as our species continues to embrace our diversity. If we stop identifying and making fun of our differences, this world will be a seriously boring place.
In the end, people just need to lighten up, and as the famous philosopher M. Python said, "always look on the bright side of life".
Disney never feels any need to take jabs at Universal like that. Universal has an inferiority complex and I guess they need to blow farts at Disney to feel better about themselves.
Too bad they can't just celebrate their own brands and not even pay Disney any mind.
Jacob; excellent and thoughtful article with a lot of good points.
Humor, as a complex art form is used to entertain, but it is also used to shape society. When used properly, it can take off the rough edges and gently chide people to modify their behavior to conform more acceptably with the mainstream. When used improperly, it can incite and encourage unacceptable behavior from certain parts of society. The rules are complex. For example, black comedians are given more latitude when making jokes about black society just as the Blue Collar Comedy Tour can take potshots at rednecks, but the opposite is not true. It is okay for Eddie Murphy to make fun of Jessie Jackson's mustache, but it would seem hateful if Larry the Cable guy tried the same thing.
Within a limited area, it is permissible for all comedians regardless of their stripe, to make fun of the stereotypes in society, but the usage has to be within the context of the performer, the venue, and the audience. Cross the line too far (which is a subjective definition) and the performer has gone from humor to hate.
Open season with attack humor on the groups in power is also debatable. As a WASP male, I'm deeply offended by shows that portray men and fathers as bumbling idiots. I'm also offended by use of the F-bomb and GD. I tend not to watch TV shows that stereotype men in this way, and I'm selective about the comedians that I listen to, but I also believe that society as a whole is affected in a negative way when groups who are perceived to be in power are openly attacked with offensive humor. However, the definition of offensive is subjective.
On a different note: Robert, I will no longer use "Washington DC's NFL team" potatoes in my potato salad. The very sight of them is offensive, and I resolve to use only Yukon Gold or Idaho potatoes in the future. ;>)
And in case that brain of yours hasn't figured it out yet, this post was an example of sarcasm! Sarcasm:the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really want to say especially in order to insult someone, to show irritation, or to be funny. Have a great day Dave!