Nobody likes a stuffed shirt

Caption: Sounds like a barrel of laughs.

We all know that moralising wowsers are no fun. Even professional comedians are pointing out that self-righteous, ?woke? millennials are killing comedy, by drawing an ever-tighter noose around what may be said.

Of course, ?everybody knows? is often wrong. But now, a new study suggests that what we all know has been right all along. Quote:

Many of the jokes people enjoy carry a certain degree of moral violation. Since displaying humor often requires committing benign moral violations, we hypothesize that 1) a moral mindset stifles humor and 2) morally-focused people are less humorous, and are therefore less liked by their workplace peers. End of quote.

In other words, moralisers are a pain in the arse and nobody likes them.

George Orwell said that ?every joke is a little revolution?. Psychologists call this ?Benign Violation Theory? (BVT): many jokes are funny precisely because they puncture the boundary of what is considered taboo. Authoritarians clamp down on jesters and clowns because the one thing they can?t stand is being made fun of. Quote:

Drawing from Benign Violation Theory, we explore the tension between moral identity and humor, and the downstream workplace consequence of such tension. Consistent with our hypotheses, compared with participants in the control condition, participants whose moral identities were situationally activated (Study 1a) or chronically accessible (Study 1b) were less likely to appreciate humor and generate jokes others found funny (Study 2), especially humor that involved benign moral violations.

We also found that participants with a strong moral identity do not generally compensate for their lack of humor by telling more jokes that do not involve moral violations (Study 3). Additional field studies demonstrated that employees (Study 4) and leaders (Study 5) with strong moral identities and who display ethical leadership are perceived as less humorous by their coworkers and subordinates, and to the extent that this is the case are less liked in the workplace. End of quote.

The study also suggests that the Great Meme War of 2015 might have had real consequences. Quote:

It is also possible to deploy jokes subversively to undermine unethical practices and institutions. Future research should examine in greater depth ways in which humor is weaponized in mass persuasion contexts. End of quote.

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Caption: Donald Trump’s opening remark to Hillary Clinton in the Presidential debates.

The left today are almost wall-to-wall self-righteous prigs. That?s why the left can?t meme: actually being funny would require the sort of transgressiveness that the left simply can?t abide any more. On the other hand, Kekistanis relentlessly mocked the robotic stuffed shirts of the left. When it came to the presidential candidates themselves, Trump was the subversive Groucho to Hillary?s clueless, stuffy Margaret Dumont. Even Camille Paglia conceded that Trump was just, plain funny. His relentless mockery of his opponents was the very thing that most infuriated the stuffy moralists of the Democrats and Never Trump Republicans, yet it is also what made Trump not just the incendiary iconoclast, but far more likeable and frankly human.

Of course the left didn?t get the joke: they?re too far up their own behinds to be even capable of laughing any more.

After all, these are the pompous gits who think a miserable, hectoring lesbian like Hannah Gadsby somehow counts as ?comedy?.

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