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      07-18-2007, 09:47 AM   #1
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Was it racist to laugh?

I happened to see Whoopi last night on some show, just the very end of it. She told a joke which I will repeat below. I will not use, only imply, the N word. I am in no league with Whoopi, so excuse the poor paraphrase.

A little black angle is running around in heaven, happy to have his wings. He sees God off in the distance and calls to him. God comes over and the angel asks "God, can I ask you a question?" "God relies "Sure, I came over, what is it?" The angel asks "So, I have these wings, and I'm up here in heaven and all, I'm really an angel, right" God doesn't even hesitate, but breaks out in his best inner gansta voice "Hell no, n***a, yous a bat!"

She challenged the audience, as I will challenge you: Was it funny? Was it racist? Was it's racist nature what caused it to be funny? Did you stop from laughing because of it's racist nature?

I have to say I did laugh because it was a funny visual created in my mind. Would it have worked without the gansta voice, I don't know.
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      07-18-2007, 10:07 AM   #2
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yup, that's racist

go buy a black person lunch and you'll be in the clear though
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      07-18-2007, 10:11 AM   #3
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I didn't laugh, but that's because I just didn't find the joke that funny. Amusing I guess, but not funny.

I also don't really find it to be a racist joke. Most jokes require someone/something to be the goat; it's the whole point. As far as I'm concerned for a joke to be racist it has to go farther than poking fun at a someone because of an inherent characteristic, which is what this joke did. The "N-word" in this context doesn't concern me much either because it was just gratuitously included for the shock value; another jokester ploy.
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      07-18-2007, 10:17 AM   #4
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Buy them lunch because I laughed, or because I repeated it?
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      07-18-2007, 10:20 AM   #5
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I snickered, but the chris tucker voice i had in my head had a lot to do with it
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i thought it was good, ofcourse its racist but its all good if we know its a joke... theres also white people of Hispanic jokes out there
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      07-29-2007, 10:59 PM   #7

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I did not think it was particularly funny. Sorry. I also think it is racist.
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      07-29-2007, 11:02 PM   #8
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i do not think it's funny at all. It was a very predictable joke, and very unintelligent. I dont know if it's racist to laugh, i mean it's just a *joke*, but i dont think i would laugh
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Whoopi isn't funny so that joke wasnt all to funny.

But even if it was a joke that is a stereotype or somehow poking fun at a culture. I find it not to be racist. It's a joke thats all.

Also I see no issue in you saying *****. Which you said "gangster voice" So it would not be the racist term but instead *****. Which has no racist stigma.
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      07-29-2007, 11:58 PM   #11
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I just see it as a joke but I dont believe any word should be offensive but it's funny but not a great joke really imo.
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