Never Get Away With It Today

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It's amazing to me how uptight and PC we've become when you look at this 20-30 year old clip and people of this time, when racial tensions were so high you could see smoke rising from them, and people were laughing.

This would never fly today, but I can't seem to understand why. I'm not trying to instigate, I'm trying to understand. Can someone shed light on that for me?

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/f02d0b8cca

Why were the people of the 70s so much better able to deal with the honesty and truth of differences, discrimination, and hate than we are today? Have we made ourselves too soft? Have we distanced ourselves from the root of the issue? Why can Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor get away with this skit, but if say. . .Kevin James and Will Smith tried it, they would fall under fire?

Or am I wrong? Would people be able to see the humor of this today? Do I need to look at myself for finding humor in it?

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Post by Lou B do B dooo »

Too many people think that the public can't handle the truth in our society. I believe that if the same skit aired today Al and Jessie would cry foul.
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You're not wrong,...what used to be cutting edge comedy is easily deemed polictically incorrect today,.....
If we made fun of Islamic religion/garb/etc. back then....it would also been considered "funny".....not today.
** shakes head back n forth ** ....are we just being more responsible? or is there something else???

Good question! Glad you put it out there.
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It's not so different from the Chappell Show, Mind of Mencia(which I hate, but still) and some other shows. Maybe the question should be why is TV and the media different? What appears on TV is not reality, remember.
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I think people have become too thin skinned and easily offended. As a result everyone feels like they have be overly careful as to what they say. It's sad.
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Krieves wrote:I think people have become too thin skinned and easily offended. As a result everyone feels like they have be overly careful as to what they say. It's sad.
I don't think it is thin-skinned, I think people in our society are pressured to be accountable for what they say and simply saying its humor is not the "free pass" it once was.

Information travels faster and people will not hesitate to organize and voice their displeasure...and of course the media will jump on any story and blow it out of proportion for everyone to see.

Making fun of someone's skin color, background or stereotypes was part of the problem back then...as people were exploited for laughs. Do you really think Richard Pryor was happy about feeding into these stereotypes? Honestly?
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How much of Pryor's body of work are you familiar with? I've listened to over 20 hours of his stand-up and seen a considerable amount of his television and movie work (but surely not enough) and I would venture to say that he probably wrote that bit or pitched the idea. That was just the way he was. This sketch is attacking stereotypes, not perpetuating them.
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Garr wrote:How much of Pryor's body of work are you familiar with? I've listened to over 20 hours of his stand-up and seen a considerable amount of his television and movie work (but surely not enough) and I would venture to say that he probably wrote that bit or pitched the idea. That was just the way he was. This sketch is attacking stereotypes, not perpetuating them.
Not as familiar as you...but I still think the question is worth exploring. Its really the "behind the scenes" stuff that I am more interested in. I mean, take a look at Chris Farley...he was overweight, made fun of it, but he didn't seem to be all that happy with his weight (based on TV programs I've watched of his demise), even though he attacked the "fat man stereotype" in his humor.

Fat comedians get away with making fun of fat people, black comedians get away with making fun of black people, gay comedians get away with making fun of gay people...everyone gets away with making fun of white people...

Pryor was a legendary comedian, no doubt. But one man's attack on a stereotype is another's perpetuation...and today's climate seems to want to have us NOT talk about any of them unless its in a serious way...

Personally, I don't think its thin-skinned, I think its just an overall attempt to respect people's differences more...
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