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I've been told this is funny because it is photoshopped. I still don't find it humorous. Do you?


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#49 Darth Biscuit

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 08:25 PM

I generally don't huff and wheeze unless I'm with your mom... She's a wilder vixen than you.

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 08:32 PM

anyway to answer your question teeray, it's funny because women getting punched in the face is funny

i mean not REALLY getting punched in the face; just the idea of it. i would never condone domestic violence. i just enjoy the thought of it

It is an interesting question and I am not sure I can answer that question about everything I think is funny.

But to address Doyle's example, I sometimes laugh when things happen in a cartoon that I would not find funny in a live action show or movie.

For example, I may laugh when Peter hits Meg in Family Guy but would find it terrible and unfunny if a live action movie played child abuse for laughs even if I know if didn't really happen.

A cartoon at least creates a divide to reality because it is a cartoon.

So it is more a question of human psyche that punching a woman in the face is thought of as funny.

It is an interesting question and not completely meant to be a dick about it, I just don't see the humor there.

One more question, what if the picture was not photoshopped but misunderstood. For example a white couple adopted a black child and the wife had a skin condition that looked line a bruise. Would it still be funny because it didn't really happen?

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 08:47 PM

I generally don't huff and wheeze unless I'm with your mom... She's a wilder vixen than you.

 

lol like you don't huff and wheeze getting out of your hoveround



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 08:52 PM

Wow. Good one.

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 08:54 PM

It is an interesting question and I am not sure I can answer that question about everything I think is funny.

But to address Doyle's example, I sometimes laugh when things happen in a cartoon that I would not find funny in a live action show or movie.

For example, I may laugh when Peter hits Meg in Family Guy but would find it terrible and unfunny if a live action movie played child abuse for laughs even if I know if didn't really happen.

A cartoon at least creates a divide to reality because it is a cartoon.

So it is more a question of human psyche that punching a woman in the face is thought of as funny.

It is an interesting question and not completely meant to be a dick about it, I just don't see the humor there.

One more question, what if the picture was not photoshopped but misunderstood. For example a white couple adopted a black child and the wife had a skin condition that looked line a bruise. Would it still be funny because it didn't really happen?

 

family guy is defined by its absurdity and its plays on dated sitcom tropes. this is in no way an endorsement of family guy because it's horrible but there's a distinct difference between satire in cartoons and "haha look at this victim of domestic violence"
 



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 08:57 PM

Wow. Good one.

 

look tubs, are you going to explain why the thought of domestic violence is so "humorous" or what



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 09:25 PM

so... After spending a long time thinking about this topic, I have discerned the reason I found it disturbing yet slightly amusing to be as follows:

 

That would be a terrible fuging way to find out someone was cheating on you, and kind of an ironic way to destroy what would normally be one of the happiest days of a relationship (assuming he wanted a kid in the first place).

 

I do not:

1) Think it is funny because of racism.  I didn't look at this and go "HAHAHAHA she slept with a black dude lolol" or "LOL look at the black kid with white parents"

2) Funny because the wife was clearly intended to be beaten

3) Think cheating is funny.

 

If you gave me an image of a black baby sitting there, I wouldn't laugh.  I wouldn't laugh at a wife with a bruised eye.  I also wouldn't laugh at the idea of cheating.

Yet somehow, I find the idea of finding out a woman cheated on a dude when the baby is born to be ironic and sad.

 

This thread made me realize I'm a little bit of a bad person. (edit: lie, I already knew that, but.. :P)



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 11:22 PM

This thread is almost funnier than the picture! Y'all are amazing!!



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 12:57 AM

Let me try this.

Can anyone articulate why this is funny? If you can tell me why this is funny I will give pie.

Edit: if that person happens to be PhillyB please do it in a way the a simpleton like myself can understand. :P

 

i've spent a good bit of my evening pondering this while at work. valid points have been raised. at its core, as gospodin continues to bring up a lot over and over again with much pomp and circumstance, what we are essentially laughing at is something pretty terrible: domestic violence (i reject the notion that it's implicitly racist because the baby is black; race in the context of this picture is purely functional in that it serves as the fulcrum, if you will, upon which the joke hinges. without words it's the only thing that tells us what really happened here.)

 

so does this mean finding it funny suggests thinking domestic violence is funny?

 

in a word, no. in several words, not necessarily, and we would be shirking our due diligence in this debate by not first engaging in a philosophical discussion of what constitutes humor and what humor is itself grounded in. this would be an incredibly long-winded discussion to have (someone go start a new thread) because we'd be spanning a breadth of modes based on linguistics, semantics, incongruity, base epistemologies, etc., and it would get tangential pretty quick. but for the purpose of this discussion i think it's worth broaching the topic of "psychic distance" which basically is a term to describe a disconnect between the visceral actuality of an event and an impersonal observation of it. this disconnect can be time or distance, or, i would argue, it can be modes of observation: in this case, seeing it on the internet as a static meme versus witnessing it irl. this is why i can watch a video of a teenage girl pulling a tv on a cart and goofing off and tripping and pull it down on top of her (a painful, potentially hospitalizing event) and laugh at it, and why i can watch a kid trip and fall on his face or run a tricycle into a tree and think it's funny. 

 

dismissing the family guy analogy as mere tropes and thus incomparable is a bullshit. the viewer enters into a contract with the premises of the show and accepts the antics therein upon their own terms, the hypercritical context which structures all of the concerns of humor as they relate to its practical application and political correctness within societal norms. like, say, the internet. most of us enter the huddle and thus into a contract with its culture and we operate within those parameters, and things which are funny or unfunny within those cultural parameters may not be funny in another context.

 

this is all to say that i can chuckle at an apparent misfortune in memetic form on the internet, having entered into this context-forming contract, without it being an accurate reflection of my mores irl. an attempt to paint it as anything else reeks of moral self-aggrandizing bullshit.

 

a final thought: mav1234 noted that finding it humorous perhaps reveals a bit of a dark side of his nature. i think this is a point that would be easy to overlook: does not humor itself often stem directly or indirectly from the context of another person's misfortune? where does this play into this whole thing? it's an incredibly interesting question and worth pursuing... just not in this thread :)



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 12:59 AM

i have more to say but i'm off to go punch some domestic partners. cya



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 05:29 AM

So you guys are saying he just punched his woman 5 months after the baby was born black, because the baby was born black?  Sort of a delayed rage don't you think?

 

Mostly a horrible attempt at humor, does not even make sense to start with, but either way, classless.



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 05:34 AM

what do you tell a woman with two black eyes?

 

 

nothin'.   you done told the bitch twice.

 

 

 

 

now THAT is a funny domestic abuse joke.