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What is not considered humor?

Asked by anniereborn (3900 points ) 2 months ago

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Where is the line between funny and rude?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

What do you consider rude?

ibstubro's avatar

I don’t think a question about death (family or celebrity) lends itself to humor.

Although a comedian’s death might be cause for re-run or sympathetic humor.

talljasperman's avatar

~I shot J.R.

johnpowell's avatar

This is such a horrible distinction of what belongs where. It should have been questions with real answers vs. open ended questions.

anniereborn's avatar

Hmmm maybe I should have just asked what subjects aren’t to be joked about here

zenvelo's avatar

I’ve seen just about everything joked about on Fluther except for offensive humor, humor that is based on prejudice against a minority. That’s out of bounds.

anniereborn's avatar

What is considered offensive?

talljasperman's avatar

Sexual orientation or racial jokes don’t go over well.

johnpowell's avatar

A good rule is to avoid making jokes that you wouldn’t say if your target was standing next to you.

anniereborn's avatar

@johnpowell There aren’t always specific targets though.

filmfann's avatar

You want the answer? Pull my finger.

rojo's avatar

@anniereborn Here is an earlier NSFW question about offensive jokes Pretty much anything goes but only in the right settings.

anniereborn's avatar

@rojo I think I have my answers now.

johnpowell's avatar

@anniereborn :: The thing is that you can’t know who is reading. Assume everyone is a potential target.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I’m OK with most jokes as long as they are not personal attack.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@johnpowell That explains why I know everybody here in just 3 months.

Coloma's avatar

Oh fuck you all! What kind of a circus is this? lol

rojo's avatar

Gasp! I am offended! Go mod yourself!

dxs's avatar

@rojo I always hate myself when reading and laughing at that thread.

Symbeline's avatar

I’ve seen everything from dead baby jokes to Holocaust jokes around here. Racist jokes as well, but granted, all those were in threads that encompassed said subject matter. and I participated because I’m a no good nasty asshole
My guess here is, say whatever you want, as long as you don’t be bustin’ up no rules, or are at least rather proficient in flying under the radar.

I’ve mock flamed people on here, but as I made sure that it was totally crystal clear that I was joking, I’m not aware of any of it ever being modded, nor was I ever warned about any of it.

johnpowell's avatar

@Symbeline :: I think that is part of the key. Be so over the top that people must recognize that you are joking. But that also only works when you have been around a while and everyone knows there is no possible way that you are serious.

ibstubro's avatar

@johnpowell “The thing is that you can’t know who is reading. Or how long they have been a member to know, “there is no possible way that you are serious.”

livelaughlove21's avatar

There is no line. Perception is reality and any moderation based on if something crosses this imaginary line depends solely on the perception and discretion of that particular mod.

Personally, I think people take offense too easily.

amujinx's avatar

Setting does matter, as was pointed out by the offensive jokes thread. We have also had a dead baby joke thread where no one was modded, but there was some discussion about how appropriate those types of jokes were inside it. None of the jokes from either of those threads would probably fly outside of those specific threads though.

It has been a while since I read either of those, and I got a chuckle skimming though some of those jokes again.

@livelaughlove21 “Personally, I think people take offense too easily.” I agree.

Coloma's avatar

^^^ I 3rd that emotion..yes, people do take things waaay too seriously here at times. I am a thick skinned person, it takes a lot to offend me. If you can’t run with the big dogs go crawl under your security blanket and gnaw your own bone. lol

rojo's avatar

For instance, I think This is funny, but very few in my immediate circle do. (NSFChristians)

Symbeline's avatar

@johnpowell Yeah, truth. I suppose if I came in a thread on my first week here and called everyone a motherfucker, I’d get modded even if it was a joke.

johnpowell's avatar

@ibstubro :: I was talking about the mods and not getting modded in response to Symbeline’s last sentence.

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anniereborn's avatar

@ibstubro are they both gone?

rojo's avatar

@anniereborn Seems like I still see @blondesjon from time to time.

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Mimishu1995's avatar

@johnpowell Be so over the top that people must recognize that you are joking. But that also only works when you have been around a while and everyone knows there is no possible way that you are serious.
So that’s why my first joke failed horribly…

KNOWITALL's avatar

Anything that offends the majority I guess.

Tell a Bush joke and it’s hilarious, tell an Obama joke and you’re ‘out of line’, it’s stupid.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@KNOWITALL Depends on the audience. Where I live, the opposite is true.

rojo's avatar

Q. What’s the problem with Barack Obama jokes?
A. His followers don’t think they’re funny and other people don’t think they’re jokes.

That being said:

Q. Why won’t Obama Messiah release his real birth certificate?
A. It shows that he didn’t have a virgin birth.

Q. Why did Jimmy Carter vote for Barack Obama?
A. Because Carter doesn’t want to be known the worst President in history.

Q. Why is Barack Obama so thin and scrawny?
A. If he were any heavier he wouldn’t be able to walk on water.

Barack Obama was seated next to a little girl on an airplane trip back to Washington. He turned to her and said, “Let’s talk. I’ve heard that flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.” The little girl, who had just opened her book, closed it slowly and said to The Obama, “What would you like to talk about?” “Oh, I don’t know,” said the Obama. “How about What Changes I Should Make To America?” and he smiles. “OK,” she says. “That could be an interesting topic. But let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff – grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, and a horse produces clumps of dried grass. Why do you suppose that is?” Obama, visibly surprised by the little girl’s intelligence, thinks about it for a second and finally says, “Hmmm, I have no idea.” To which the little girl replies, “Do you really feel qualified to change America when you don’t know shit

Four boys were fishing. As their boat rounded a point on the lake, they saw a man thrashing in the water. With no hesitation, they jumped into the water and saved him.
It was not until they pulled him to shore that they noticed the man they had saved was President Obama, who had slipped away from the Secret Service for a swim. When President Obama caught his breath, he thanked the two boys and offered them anything they wanted in return for saving his life.
The first boy thought about it for a while and finally answered. “I would like a presidential appointment to West Point so I can serve my country.”
The next two thought that was a great idea, but one said he had always wanted to be a pilot so he would rather attend the Air Force Academy.
The third boy chose the Naval Academy.
The president turned to the fourth boy, who was still thinking. Finally he answered, “Mr. President, I would like a burial with honors at Arlington National Cemetery”
The president was shocked and asked the boy why he would make such a request at his young age. The boy replied “Because when my father finds out I saved you, he is going to kill me!”

Ba-dum!

KNOWITALL's avatar

@livelaughlove21 Correct. I like a good Bush joke as well as anybody though!

@rojo You’re going to get in so much trouble…lol

longgone's avatar

Thanks for the laugh, @rojo!

Symbeline's avatar

I’ll get in trouble with @rojo. Here’s an Obomba joke about him being black.

When Obama moved into the Blackhouse Whitehouse, he stripped away the tennis court and put in a basketball court instead, and he also did away with the rose bushes to replace them by watermelon patches. Or he just turned the whole backyard into a sugar plantation.

So let’s see if I’ll get in shit…for example, rojo’s jokes have taste, as they make fun of the presidency, but mine are just disgusting, because it’s racist. Now, by all rights, Obama and Bush fans alike should have me modded and quieted here.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I can hear the collective gasp from half of the collective. What’s humorous is subjective.

Symbeline's avatar

Aaaw, you changed your original answer. :(

I was going to tell a joke about homosexuals, butt fuck it.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

You would get the humor in that. I’d get crucified if I left that out there.

KNOWITALL's avatar

^I liked them both^

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

You’d know I was kidding. It was pretty bad, but that’s what made me laugh.

Symbeline's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe I suppose, but I laughed when I read it. It was cool. :) And of course I know it was a joke. :)

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