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Thu Mar 12, 2015, 03:18 PM

Does Mel Brooks making light of being Jewish give me a right to make anti-Semitic jokes

The reason I ask is because Joe Scarborough seems to think the SAE frat douchebags were influenced by rap lyrics. Oh those rappers and their rampant use of the "N" word.

So? Is okay for me to make fun of Judaism because Mel Brooks, Kathy Ladman and Robert Klein do?

Btw... Isn't Scarborough a worthless dickbag?
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Response to tenderfoot (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 03:21 PM

1. I would like to have a chance to vote on the Isn't Scarborough a worthless dickbag? poll. n/t

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Response to tenderfoot (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 03:22 PM

2. Wait, aM I voting

No, it doesn't give you the right, or Yes, Scarborough is a worthless....?

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Response to tenderfoot (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 03:22 PM

3. No - unless

you convert, like the dentist in the Seinfeld episode

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Response to tenderfoot (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 03:24 PM

4. Scarborogh a worthless dickbag? Yes, absolutely.

More and more so, every day.

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Response to tenderfoot (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 03:27 PM

5. I thought Mel was Druish

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Response to Capt. Obvious (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 03:36 PM

8. Funny . . . He doesn't look Druish!

Spaceballs is still the best movie ever

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Response to tenderfoot (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 03:31 PM

6. The joke is only funny if you are making fun of your own experience.

Mocking another culture not your own is never funny.

Unless you are a right wing asshole.

They let the Obama watermelon jokes fly!

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Response to tenderfoot (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 03:35 PM

7. A friend converted from her family's Jewish faith to paganism.

Calls herself "Jewitch". But nobody else does.

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Response to tenderfoot (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 03:49 PM

9. Yes Mel Brooks humor is influenced by being Jewish and perhaps the fratboys were influenced by rap

But I think most people seem to get that their lyrics are also heavily influenced by them also just being horrible racist people.

Blazing Saddles is funny because Cleavon Little's characters actions allows the jokes to work. Place many of the same jokes in a different context and the movie would be horribly offensive. Mel Brooks Jewish jokes work in many of his movies (The Producers for example) but also fall flat and feel clique in his later movies. When doing humor, context is everything.

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Response to tenderfoot (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 03:52 PM

10. Well, you're off to the Ignore List for this bullshit strawman argument. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #10)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 04:24 PM

16. So you agree with Joe Scarborough...

okay...

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Response to tenderfoot (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 03:52 PM

11. Can you call him a "dickbag"?

That's pretty sexist.

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Response to tenderfoot (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 03:56 PM

12. Interesting question

In which the answer depends in part on what is humor and what isn't.

Mel Brooks making self-deprecating jokes about being Jewish doesn't open the door for anyone, including other Jews, to engage in hate-filled rants about Jews that are in no way funny.

Mel Brooks, of course, also made jokes based on stereotypes of other groups, including African-Americans. Its a tricky thing, but it can be done and still be humorous or it can miss the mark and fall on the wrong side of the line.

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Response to tenderfoot (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 04:06 PM

13. I voted yes because> Beside the point of whatever Mel Brooks does, you do have the right...

 

...to make anti-Semitic or even racist jokes. It's just not very nice or cool and would probably offend a lot of people.

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Response to tenderfoot (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 04:12 PM

14. The right as in...my opinion that you can or not, or some other right by law?

 

If you are asking for my opinion, you have the right to say and do anything you want to that is not a crime or help criminal activities. It is not my place to tell you how to behave or act.

Mel Brooks has the right to do whatever he feels is "funny" to him and I have the right to not buy a movie ticket to go and see it.

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Response to tenderfoot (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 04:17 PM

15. This is America. You have a right to make fun of anyone,

but if you make fun of Jewish culture and you're not a lantsman, I have every right to denounce you as a racist chozzer.

People confuse "right" with "license."

The right to say pretty-much anything is always there. The license to get away with it is another story.

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Response to tenderfoot (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 04:50 PM

17. Some get where I'm coming from... for others that don't.

The gist of this is to ridicule the notion that something or someone else is responsible for the actions of the racist SAE frat members.

Thank you.

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