ERIC Number: EJ857057
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
Don't Make Me Laugh: People Are Funny in "Wall-E" and "Tropic Thunder"
Multicultural Perspectives, v11 n2 p90-93 2009
The current difficulties of making challenging humor while respecting the legitimate sensibilities of stigmatized people are discussed. Two very different movie comedies include jokes about people. One is received with outrage on behalf of the group that is made the butt of the jokes, people who are "mentally challenged"; the other, about sedentary obese people, is not criticized. It is hard for humorists to know when they might transgress with serious consequences, but the use of taboo words, in any context, can lead to trouble.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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