Reflections on Satire: Sofia Blackwelder

As humans, we like to think that we are the center of the universe; we view everything in our lives as it relates to ourselves. So when someone makes a harsh joke based on disabilities, race, ideology, gender, sexual orientation, rape, body type, or religion, the reactions that ensue will be unique to each listener. I personally believe that these types of jokes are a semi-accepted form of bullying, because they use stereotypes to attack a person or a group of people. For example, we are all familiar with classic blonde jokes. Although these are somewhat socially acceptable, they put girls down from a young age—something I believe to be inappropriate. Jokes like these are only working away from a more egalitarian future. In the same way blonde jokes reinstate stereotypes, jokes about race and job correlation do the same. For example, jokes about Mexicans working as landscapers just exacerbate stereotypical beliefs. Naturally, if you are not the target you don’t feel as passionately about the joke, but you very quickly could become the victim. I think all of these jokes cross “the line,” but we have, as a society, become desensitized to them. So although not everyone will get offended, everyone is affected.

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