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Manchester Bombing & Offensive Jokes

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ragreynolds    793

This was originally a chapter taken from my new upcoming book, so you can just read it instead:

How soon is too soon? When is it okay to start cracking jokes? How far is too far? When does a joke stop being a joke? Well, I say that there is neither such a thing as too soon, or too far.

When tragedy strikes, people understandably tend to get very emotional. People deal with said tragedy in all sorts of ways. Some people deal with it by crying, others by showing respect to the dead. But there are others who deal with tragedy through humour. Now to most people, nothing is more distasteful and disrespectful than making jokes at the expense of the victims of a recent tragedy. Some people feel that way even regarding tragedies that are long behind us. That is perfectly okay. You are allowed to feel that way, and you are allowed to say that you feel that way. However, what you should not be saying is that other people should not be allowed to make those certain jokes. Who are you to determine what is or is not an acceptable way to mourn? If I got cancer, I would be the first person to make a joke about me having cancer. Humour is how I deal with horrible things, and the same is true for many others. If a loved one of mine died in a terror attack or some other tragedy, then sure, perhaps I would not be making those jokes right away about that particular event. However, I would not be telling anyone else that they cannot tell those jokes. I understand why people tell these sorts of jokes. I accept it. There is a tremendous difference between simply cracking a joke about a serious horrific event, and telling those jokes directly to someone that has suffered a loss from that horrific event.

All things can and should be joked about. I always say that you should either joke about everything or joke about nothing. Humour has no limits. The jokes that upset one person are not the jokes that upset another. Everyone has a different idea of what should and should not be acceptable. One person might be deeply hurt by jokes about cancer, but they could find jokes pertaining to the tragedy that was the Holocaust to be profoundly amusing. Meanwhile, another person could find cancer jokes to be hilarious but is overwhelmingly crushed by jokes about the Holocaust. So who is right? Both of them are. Neither of them is wrong to be upset by certain jokes. You cannot control what upsets you. You can, however, control how you react to the emotions you feel due to those jokes. You can control whether or not you lash out at the people telling those jokes, or whether you just accept the fact that other people have different tolerances than you do, and that perhaps they just deal with certain things in a different way. Who are you to take away the thing that is shining light into their lives?

No one is horrible for telling a joke that you deem to be distasteful. What makes someone horrible for telling a joke is not what the joke actually is, but rather the circumstances under which the joke was told. Telling a joke in a comedy club, on your social media account, or in the comfort of your own home, is perfectly okay. Telling that same joke at a memorial site, directing it at someone on social media, or standing outside of your neighbour's house, is likely not okay.

Everything can be joked about, and everything should be joked about. Jokes help to lighten times of darkness, they help people get through tough times. You don't need to join in with the jokes, but you do need to accept that other people have the right to tell them. You are not of a higher moral standard just because you refrain from telling certain types of jokes.

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ragreynolds    793
5 minutes ago, His_Majesty_Jimmy_I said:

It's children though. All I feel is anger, how can you find it funny so soon?

The point isn't whether or not I or you personally find it funny. The point is that some people do, and it does not make those people immoral to find those jokes funny. You not laughing at those jokes does not make you a better person than them. That's the point I'm making. And often times it's entire to do with how people cope with the tragedy. You deal with it through anger, they deal with it through humour.

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CleoSelene    17
2 hours ago, His_Majesty_Jimmy_I said:

It's children though. All I feel is anger, how can you find it funny so soon?

For some people, humor allows the mind to think about and accept tragedy. You can't accept things that you can't think about.

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3 hours ago, ragreynolds said:

The point isn't whether or not I or you personally find it funny. The point is that some people do, and it does not make those people immoral to find those jokes funny. You not laughing at those jokes does not make you a better person than them. That's the point I'm making. And often times it's entire to do with how people cope with the tragedy. You deal with it through anger, they deal with it through humour.

I never claimed that it is immoral. If anything joking about it is the least worse thing that can happen.

To be honest is shit like what onision says that pisses me off or all those people who use this shit for retweets and shit. I replied on his tweet and I've been gettin bare likes and rt's but I don't get off that shit.

Laugh away mate, I congratulate you on your ability to keep carrying on.  [that's legit not sarcasm]

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