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Expanded thoughts on Ari Shaffir’s Tweet about Kobe Bryant

by | Jan 27, 2020 | Opinion

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by | Jan 27, 2020 | Opinion

You know, I listen to a lot of comedians on their podcasts, and I know that they believe that anything goes if it’s ‘a joke’; if it’s meant in the spirit of making light of something, even if it’s tragic.

However, I also think that many comedians exist in a very bizarre state of reality, and some, are often battling demons of their own.

Strangely, through the medium of podcasts, their rationale for their behavior has become a free speech battleground of their own design with their listeners, and this thought process has begun to permeate our general conversation.

“I’m a comedian, so I should be able to say anything I want…you’re just a ‘civilian’, so you can’t judge me” is the 101 class of their talking points, and all things ‘cancel culture’ are bad.

And cancel culture is bad…let’s not make that mistake.

‘The Wokeness’ is a cancer in our culture at this point. It doesn’t matter what its intentions were in the beginning, I’m talking about what it is now – what it’s mutated into.

But what about when one is operating at such a repugnant level of attempts at ‘shock humor’ that outrage and disgust are the only decent reaction? When outrage is what’s involuntary from any normally functioning, mentally well human being because the offense is so egregious in the sphere of human decency that the concept of balking at ‘cancel culture’ is entirely negated by its stench.

What if ‘outrage’ is the reaction because outrage is completely justified?

There was no ‘comedy’ in Ari Shaffir’s post about Kobe Bryant. That was just a desperate man, taking a desperate action, and being applauded by desperate people.

There used to be an old rule in comedy: “Tragedy + Time = Comedy”

‘Time’ for a hack like Shaffir, is apparently the moment that one is confirmed deceased as their charred body lies next to the charred body of their daughter…and her friend…and the friend’s parents. And we have a segment of our culture that finds value in this because everything we do and say now must be measured in the metric of extremity.

You are either with us or against us.

So I get that people feel like I shouldn’t have shown you what Shaffir said…I understand your position…but it’s more of an examination of the mentality of Shaffir and those who love what he does. And I think it’s a conversation that needs to be had.

This isn’t Kevin Hart having said something 10 years ago that he’s apologized for, and it’s now being dug up again to ‘cancel’ him because a particular group feels rewarded when they damage someone.

THAT is ‘cancel culture’ nonsense.

*In my opinion*, disdain for what Shaffir did should be uniform.
And the fact that it isn’t is why he even touched his keyboard today.

Joe McCabe

Joe McCabe

Opinionated Irish Guy

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