NZ comedians paint a target on their own backs

Comedian Guy Williams has called out racist jokes.

Comedy is being put under pressure to change but the comedians forcing the change don’t seem to realise that they are painting a huge target on their own backs. Quote:

[…] New Zealand International Comedy Festival’s Auckland gala performance was peppered with racist gags. They ranged from an Irishman joking about his Muslim wife, to two white men pretending to machine gun down Koreans, to a white woman impersonating a Thai masseuse ? the eyes, accent, the works.

[…] While New Zealand’s comedians remained within the bounds of conventional good taste, three international comedians pushed the boundaries further. End of quote.

I would love to know who determines, these days, what conventional good taste means. Jokes have always been based on stereotypes and they only make people laugh if they contain an element of truth. New Zealand comedian Guy Williams and his Green list MP-girlfriend Golriz Ghahraman have both publicly criticised jokes about race. Quote:

[…] Williams said […] he knew he would get grief for it, especially since he was known to make offensive or unwittingly-racist jokes, which he had been “rightly” called out for in the past.

“I’m in a real glasshouse here.”

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While not doubting the international comedians’ rights to make the jokes, he said it was also important that people called out racism when they came across it.

He would have let the jokes pass without comment if it had been at a small comedy club where comedians were working out material, but not at a gala.

“This is your A-stuff. This is stuff to be showcased and put on TV.” End of quote.

Surely if something is genuinely wrong then it is wrong regardless of where the jokes are told. They are either acceptable or they are not. More to the point, they are either funny or they are not. Comedy needs to have the freedom to use stereotypes. Once comedians say that stereotypes?are off limits then comedy will simply be less funny. Laughing at ourselves and others is the basis of comedy. By supporting the so-called progressive line that using stereotypes in comedy is schoolyard bullying and hurts minorities, these comedians are going to virtue signal themselves out of a job. Already the Human Rights Commission vultures are circling, and looking for easy prey. Quote:

A Human Rights Commission spokeswoman said jokes at the expense of others’ ethnicity and background were not funny.

“We’d encourage anyone who found comments made at the NZICF Comedy Gala offensive to get in touch with the organisers and let them know.” End of quote.