Policing punchlines

It is a truism that humour is wholly subjective. When it comes to comedy criticism, the phrase ‘that’s not funny’ is about as productive as ‘that’s not erotic’. But this hasn’t stopped the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) from extending its remit into the policing of jokes. Set up by the Canadian parliament in 1977 to address allegations of discrimination in employment and the provision of services, this body now seeks to criminalise bad taste.

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  • tom_billesley

    Jokes are like firearms. They must be registered and licensed.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      And when these jokes are weaponized and ‘fall into the wrong hands’, they can cause incalculable damage to society.
      Therefor we propose that all comedians be trained, licensed, and heavily regulated so that these atrocities never again occur.

  • Gary

    It’s really odd that the OHRC ruled on how women can not be forced to dress in outfits that demean them in public as part of the employment dress rules.
    Okay ……..but why do muslim men get to force their women into those black sacks and make them unemployable??
    If the HRC opposes someone forcing a dress code to get the job , why aren’t they equally opposed to someone forcing a dress code that prevents women from getting a job.

    Oh wait , islam is special and the HRC knowns that non-muslims don’t strap bombs to their women and children or behead co-workers.

    • El Martyachi

      They’re called ruling class for a reason.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I fight the ruling class in my everyday by questioning the assumptions of people who have bought into the shit they’ve been told.
        I know I won’t change everyone’s mind right away but one day they will have their own kids and remember me.

        • El Martyachi

          Optimist!

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            How else can you live your life?
            I’m an optimistic pessimist.
            I expect the worst and hope for the best.

          • El Martyachi

            It’s so… tiring.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Oh, I agree.
            I only set foot in a church when someone gets married or dies.
            But, I do believe in God.
            And I believe it is up to me because that’s what He told me to do.
            I’m not about to get out of my car to split up two Indians fighting on Main Street Winnipeg when I’ve got my wife and kids in my car but I will call the cops.
            I saw that enough when I lived there as a single pedestrian man.
            You can only do so much but you have to do what you can do.
            Doing nothing would make me wish for heroin rather than beer.

          • El Martyachi

            I feel ya.But not feeling God a whole lot lately.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Jokes should be policed by a sense of how far you can go.
    When Louis C.K. made the too far joke about coming across a dead kid and wondering if it would be alright to fuck it then I lost my desire to consider him a valid comedian because it seems like something he would personally ask himself.
    When Gilbert Gottfried does the Aristocrats it’s funny because there is something else going on.