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Offensive Jokes Are Never Funny; Even These Comedians Regret Them

today12 May 2021

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We’re happy to see how everyone is starting to become more socially aware and considerate of others’ feelings. The internet is easily accessible, so you have no excuse in refusing to educate yourself, really. 

 

Thankfully, these comedians realised the error in their ways and have stepped up to the plate to apologise. 

 

1. Tina Fey 

 

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Upon realising the impact of featuring ‘blackface’ in her hit sitcom ‘30 Rock’, Fey asked NBC to remove the episodes. In a statement, she wrote,

 

“I understand now that ‘intent’ is not a free pass for white people to use these images. I apologize for the pain they have caused. Going forward, no comedy-loving kid needs to stumble on these tropes and be stung by their ugliness.”

 

2. Amy Schumer 

 

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Schumer once made a blunder when she made a racist joke about Hispanic men, comparing them to rapists. 

 

She said, 

 

“I used to date Hispanic guys, but now I prefer consensual.”

 

Later on, Schumer apologised in a tweet,

 

“I used to do a lot of short dumb jokes like this. I played a dumb white girl onstage. I still do sometimes. Once I realized I had more eyes and ears on me and had an influence, I stopped telling jokes like that onstage. I am evolving as an artist. I am taking responsibility and hope I haven’t hurt anyone. I apologize if I did.”

 

3. Eddie Murphy

 

Murphy did stand-up comedy back in the ‘80s, mostly at the expense of the LGBTQ+ community. 

 

But in 1996, he apologised and wrote a statement saying, 

 

“I deeply regret any pain all this has caused… I know how serious an issue AIDS is a world over. I know that AIDS isn’t funny. It’s 1996 and I’m a lot smarter about AIDS now.”

 

This is a reminder to all of us that even if you have made mistakes, you can always make amends by apologising. Normalise accepting and changing opinions for the better; after all, the world is constantly changing and we are all learning as it does.

 

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Written by: Farah Qistina

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