Reflections on Satire: Nina Sachdev

I think of satire as a clever, but sometimes offensive, way of expressing one’s opinions toward an individual or a group of people. Satire usually doesn’t change the individual’s ideas, but it definitely draws their attention.

I used to live in an environment where I was in the minority because of my ethnicity. Many individuals, particularly my classmates, would make derogatory jokes about my race as though it were inferior. Naturally, I felt offended. “Come on. It was just a joke! Don’t take it personally.” But I did take it personally. I felt like it was my fault for being a certain way.

The line between satire being humorous and offensive depends on the emotional sensitivity of an individual. Generally, a sensitive person like myself does not find satire very humorous. It is just a safer way for people to put others down. Making offensive jokes on touchy subjects, no matter how humorous they are, shouldn’t be considered a normal and acceptable form of criticism.

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