What can we joke about?


In another story from the ‘can you believe it’ files, a University tries to take all the fun out of comedy.?Quote.

A comedian has pulled out of a student charity event after being asked to sign a contract banning him from being offensive about almost anything.

Konstantin Kisin was sent a ‘behavioural agreement form’ which stopped him telling jokes which were not ‘respectful and kind’.? End of quote.

A joke is not a joke if it has to be respectful and kind.? That’s the whole point of a joke. It’s what makes it funny.

No, these people are serious.? Quote:

The form stated: ‘By signing this contract, you are agreeing to our no-tolerance policy with regards to racism, sexism, classism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia or anti-religion or anti-atheism.’

Student leaders said the ban was necessary to preserve the event as a ‘safe space’ and a place for ‘joy, love, and acceptance’. end quote.

You just have to feel sorry for them; they are clearly far too busy taking themselves seriously.

Thankfully Mr Kisin is refusing to give up the giggles.? Quote:

[?] Mr Kisin, 35, who was born in the Soviet Union, said the demand amounted to a ‘threat to freedom of speech’ and pulled out.[?]

Mr Kisin was one of four comedians invited to perform unpaid, with proceeds going to the UN children’s charity.

Politics student Fisayo Eniolorunda, the society’s event organiser, wrote in the invitation: ‘Attached is a short behavioural agreement form that we will ask for you to sign on the day to avoid problems.’

After listing subjects covered by the no-tolerance policy, the form stated: ‘It does not mean that these topics cannot be discussed. But, it must be done in a respectful and non-abusive way.’

Mr Kisin wrote back saying that although he supports Unicef, he could not sign such a contract.

Mr Kisin, who has lived in Britain for 20 years, said yesterday: ‘I couldn’t believe it. The only people who should be controlling what comedians say are comedians. This is a threat to freedom of speech and I have declined the invitation on a point of principle. end quote.

Ah, remember the good old days when Billy T James was alive?? He could say anything he liked about anyone, and we all laughed along with him. Maori’s, honkeys, didn’t matter; we were all fair game.? No-one got offended and demanded a ‘safe space’ or a little bit of kindness. Hell, the more offensive it got the better we liked it!

I fear comedy has a terminal illness.

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