Comedy on Campus Criticized As Too Insensitive

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(I find this recent process of scrutiny of comedians to be curious more than some sort of constitutional crisis of free speech infringement. Historically, many jokes or comedy has fallen out of favor. There was a time when telling jokes about some racial or ethnic group was part of casual conversation. Now, those are generally disparaged as inappropriate or promoting racial stereotypes. I suspect that colleges are just a bit ahead of the curve on this one...)

Columbia students boot comedian off stage, citing offensive jokes

The Asian American Alliance at Columbia University last week interrupted an act by a relatively prominent Indian American comedian and former writer for Saturday Night Live, Nimesh Patel, during a cultural event the group sponsored.

His offense: jokes -- including some about black and gay people -- that alliance members perceived as insensitive. Organizers kicked Patel offstage in the middle of his set, criticizing his gags on race and sexual orientation but letting him deliver brief closing remarks before cutting off his microphone.

Patel was performing at cultureSHOCK, the group’s annual charity and display of Asian-related arts. The alliance was in charge of booking him. Patel did not respond to a request for comment.

The episode has prompted a campus debate about how to ensure an inclusive environment for students from all backgrounds and whether it was appropriate to kick Patel off the stage. Critics said it reinforces the stereotype of a liberal college kids -- derogatorily referred to as “snowflakes” -- who are unable to stomach mild jokes outside those that are “politically correct.”

Some professional comics, including Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock, previously have said they will no longer work college circuits because they consider students to be too thin-skinned for their brand of humor. Yet up-and-coming comedians can find success at lucrative campus gigs by tailoring their acts to college audiences, which tend to not enjoy jokes that target minorities.

The alliance, which directed a request for comment to a statement on its Facebook page, apologized for bringing Patel to campus….
 
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We are very close to having to have speakeasies for speaking events.

Shutting down people assembling and banning the opinions of disodents...sounds a bit familiar.




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Leave it to Sabcat to totally misrepresent what happened, and what's more, to exhibit more RW snowflake "persecution", lol. What's more to compare a comedian getting pulled for bad jokes to the Holocaust.

The guy was paid to perform for the students. The people who paid him weren't satisfied with his performance and he was canned. But go ahead and continue carrying your poor, poor cross of persecution, you poor little RW snowflake :D
 
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Leave it to Sabcat to totally misrepresent what happened, and what's more, to exhibit more RW snowflake "persecution", lol. What's more to compare a comedian getting pulled for bad jokes to the Holocaust.

The guy was paid to perform for the students. The people who paid him weren't satisfied with his performance and he was canned. But go ahead and continue carrying your poor, poor cross of persecution, you poor little RW snowflake :D
The underlying message seems to be "don't be mean"....this is not different from the decades of student protest against many cultural issues.
I am disappointed that Seinfeld and Louie CK have not developed some understanding, but in the long run, I don't see much influence on humor and comedians who naturally gravitate toward edgy comments..
 
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Leave it to Sabcat to totally misrepresent what happened, and what's more, to exhibit more RW snowflake "persecution", lol. What's more to compare a comedian getting pulled for bad jokes to the Holocaust.

The guy was paid to perform for the students. The people who paid him weren't satisfied with his performance and he was canned. But go ahead and continue carrying your poor, poor cross of persecution, you poor little RW snowflake :D
Misrepresent?

Just a few months i had tickets to a comedy show (i go to a lot of them) the leftist mob decided to wage their little wat on this specific person. They got clubs here and in a few other cities to cancel his apperances. Then the next booking. We ended up not knowing where the show was going to be until the next day. They ended up sending us the location by email and we were all listed in. It ended up being in the upstairs banquet hall of a restaurant. This is becoming increasingly more common.
 
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Misrepresent?

Just a few months i had tickets to a comedy show (i go to a lot of them) the leftist mob decided to wage their little wat on this specific person. They got clubs here and in a few other cities to cancel his apperances. Then the next booking. We ended up not knowing where the show was going to be until the next day. They ended up sending us the location by email and we were all listed in. It ended up being in the upstairs banquet hall of a restaurant. This is becoming increasingly more common.
There is a social movement to change disparaging messages. So what? Comedians seem to love their hecklers.. why winnie out? Or was the subject just socially unacceptable? Do you want to hear minorities and the disadvantaged disparaged? How about the good old racist and anti-Semitic joke? Maybe a good one about the homeless?
 
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(Here is another example of campus comedy regulation. Like the speakers at colleges who withdraw before speaking, I think the blame is not with the college but with the comedian who apparently is too sensitive to criticism... or perhaps he should advertise his shtick as involving racist, homophobic, xenophobic and Islamophobic...)


Konstantin Kisin: Comedian rejects Soas gig over ‘safe space’ contract
A comedian refused to perform at a charity event after being presented with a contract listing topics about which he could not joke.
Konstantin Kisin, who was recently accorded the title “Jewish comedian of the year”, said that he had been sent a “behavioural agreement form” that stopped him from telling jokes that were not “respectful and kind”.
The comedian had been due to appear at a night arranged by Unicef on Campus at Soas, part of the University of London.
The form said: “By signing this contract, you are agreeing to our no-tolerance policy with regards to racism, sexism, classism, ageism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia or anti-religion or anti-atheism.”
Student leaders said that the guidance was necessary ....



 
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There is a social movement to change disparaging messages. So what? Comedians seem to love their hecklers.. why winnie out? Or was the subject just socially unacceptable? Do you want to hear minorities and the disadvantaged disparaged? How about the good old racist and anti-Semitic joke? Maybe a good one about the homeless?

Good comedians push the envelope. The sets work because they say things many people only feel comfortable thinking. Then take uncomfortable subject, bring them into the public space for examination and allow us to laugh at ourselves.


I want to hear them all.

 
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Good comedians push the envelope. The sets work because they say things many people only feel comfortable thinking. Then take uncomfortable subject, bring them into the public space for examination and allow us to laugh at ourselves.


I want to hear them all.

Good for you and your feigned acceptance of the controversial... apparently some people do not and have applied pressure. That objection is a matter of free speech by those in opposition. If the comedian want to persevere, fine. However, apparently the comedians want their free speech but want to object to others voicing a different message. Interesting, often these controversial speakers want the government or an institution to intervene and protect their speech but not the speech of others. ... a difficult or offensive message will naturally incite opposition.
 

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