Friday, September 19, 2008

CHRC Wants to BAN Humour. Look Out the CHRC Joke Police are trolling for Jokes that are "Not Funny"

CHRC Wants to BAN Humour

Look Out the CHRC Joke Police are trolling for Jokes that are "Not Funny"


Hockey fights.

Idiot strings.

Canadians have always been able to laugh - and make others laugh -- at themselves. If Hollywood is lousy with comic Canadians, that in itself has become a standing Canadian joke.

But seriously, don't you remember a lot more laughter when you were growing up? Aunties and uncles, neighbours, classmates . . when Canadians got together, they laughed uproariously at their own and other people's quirks and foibles. They skewered pomposity. They teased and played practical jokes on each other. They fired off low puns and high word play, reveled in silliness and really believed in fun. This was as true of Canadians in the trenches of Flanders as it was in Maple Leaf Gardens.

So what happened?

Margot Blight happened. Far from nurturing Canadians' natural talent for humour, the post-liberation 60s would rather creepily throw up an extra large crop of evangelicals, puritans, prudes, parsons, prisses, curtain twitchers, bossy boots, know alls, control freaks and censors. And their social justice or social hygiene movement does not differ substantively from any dating back to Cotton Mather. That's a tragedy for comedy because more than any other creative art, humour depends on spontaneity and the absolute confidence to blurt out your bon mot. And that's hard to do with a Temperance lecturer fingering an affidavit of injury at the back of every room.

At the Marc Lemire Canadian Human Rights Tribunal v. freedom of speech case, Commission lawyer Margot “Blight argued against a recommendation by Mr. Lemire that jokes and emotional expressions which are a spontaneous reaction to material already posted [on Internet message boards & blogs] should be exempted from prosecution as a human rights violation. 'The jokes for which the exemption is sought are not, in my submission, funny,' Ms. Blight said. 'There is no free pass for jokes, either.' Globe and Mail, Sept 15

If Canadians were meant to be laughing, the CBC would supply a laff-track? There's nothing very amusing about persecuting people for jokes they failed to run through politically correct software. Politically correct or not, real laugh out loud humour of any kind cannot survive without the oxygen of freedom.

- Come to think of it, when did you last laugh 'til you cried?

“Make an Ethnic JOKE will you….”