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kenmc's avatar

Does this picture offend you SFW?

Asked by kenmc (11773points) July 11th, 2009

In Soviet Russia…

Have you become desensitized to tragedies?

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eponymoushipster's avatar

no, because we all know that Soviet aircraft can’t stay airborne that long.

tinyfaery's avatar

I need a bit more context to form an opinion.

DeanV's avatar

It doesn’t exactly offend me, but It’s not really funny in my eyes either…

Just kinda weird. It almost looks like the towers are growing out of the plane.

kenmc's avatar

@tinyfaery Did you look at the picture?

It’s a take-off on Yackov Smirnoff’s “In Soviet Russia…” jokes where he flips around a sentence.

EX: “In Soviet Russia, vodka drinks you!”

seekingwolf's avatar

Yeah, I kind of giggled to myself. Then again, my sense of humor is really politically incorrect. Nothing offends me much these days.

I’m pretty desensitized. Maybe I need to stop watching all those crime shows.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

It’s clearly in poor taste but I’m not offended. It’s pretty dumb though.

The Yakov Smirnov jokes about Russia are over 25 years old and I find those more disrespectful to the Russians than anything. Even that is a relatively small thing as it’s just a joke.

peyton_farquhar's avatar

I wasn’t offended, but I wasn’t amused, either. Actually, I am offended, for the very reason that I expected entertainment and was sold short on that expectation.

DominicX's avatar

I’m not desensitized to tragedies, but I’m just not easily offended at all. I didn’t really think it was that funny, but I do like a good Russian reversal joke.

kenmc's avatar

@peyton_farquhar I never promised entertainment…

tinyfaery's avatar

It’s supposed to be funny? Ok.

ragingloli's avatar

I find it quite funny and clever.

FrankHebusSmith's avatar

I think we as a species find humor in stuff like this cuz it’s “off-limits” ya know?

Taboo will really get ya.

Lovey_Howell's avatar

I don’t find it offensive because it’s just played out already. I find the whole “in Soviet Russia” joke to be beyond cliche and attempts to use that to make a humorous statement no longer gather a smile.

Lovey_Howell's avatar

@peyton_farquhar the photo is hilarious, the little “in Soviet Russia….” blurb at the bottom actually takes away from the humor in the photo.

hug_of_war's avatar

I just don’t seeany humour in it at all. It’s dumb but not terribly offensive

Darwin's avatar

Actually, it took me a while to figure it out. All I could think of at first was the time my brother’s band turned down an invitation to tour in Russia because they would be required to fly on Aero Flot, which was having major maintenance problems at the time.

Facade's avatar

I laughed.

Saturated_Brain's avatar

I’m actually offended. Everytime I think of 9/11 I picture those people who were caught on camera jumping to their deaths, or of the many horrific stories of panicked running down the staircases.

For someone to make of joke of something so… fresh, painful and so easily accessible is just.. wrong to me… It must mean that they’ve desensitised themselves from the horror of it all..

cyn's avatar

are those the twin towers?

cyn's avatar

well, since I don’t see any laughing faces in that matter it doesn’t quite offend me.

Jack79's avatar

My reaction is like dvhervey’s. I am not offended, I just don’t know what to make of it.

I am assuming you are asking if we are offended from the US point of view that someone is making jokes about a tragedy? Apart from the fact that I’m not American (and was not half as distressed about seeing the twin towers go down as most people here), I generally believe that humour does have a way of exorcising tragedy. I remember how much we joked and laughed at my aunt’s funeral. And that includes my father (her brother) and her two sons. The actual events may be distressing, even tragic, but humour should not be constrained as a result. It is the means of getting you through to the other side.

I remember once I told a joke about drugs and someone said “you shouldn’t joke about that, taking drugs is a serious issue and people who take them suffer and even die as a result”. And I thought of all jokes we’ve ever said: isn’t it serious when “An Englishman, a Frenchman and a German fall in the jungle with an aeroplane…”? Or when “a blonde, a brunette and Santa Claus fall off the Empire State Building…”? Or basically most situations like that?

So yes, humour can often be wry. It doesn’t offend me at all. I just didn’t get the joke much in this case.

prude's avatar

it don’t offend
it isn’t funny

benjaminlevi's avatar

I get the joke but I’m pretty sure people have soviet Russia mixed up with Bizzaro world…

@peyton_farquhar That picture would be great for “hot chicks and douchbags”

J0E's avatar

“In Soviet Russia people fake terrorist attacks to make government scared.”

wonders if anyone will understand…

Ivan's avatar

This is another example of a joke coming full circle on the internet. Most internet jokes are not meant to be genuinely funny on their face. They are meant to be ironic and sarcastic. For instance, no one uses a “your mom” joke on the internet because they actually think “your mom” jokes are genuinely funny. They use them because they are so old, worn out, cheesy, and lame that it’s ironic to use one now, and thus funny. A lot of people don’t get that.

So in that context, I thought it was pretty funny.

J0E's avatar

@Ivan your mom thought it was pretty funny, last night.

Ivan's avatar

That’s what she said.

J0E's avatar

all your mom are belong to me

Ivan's avatar


J0E's avatar

Your mom is a lie!

Ivan's avatar

I think you all get the picture.

J0E's avatar

I can haz your mom

J0E's avatar

combining mom jokes and internet memes, a new type of annoying

Ivan's avatar

Yo dawg, I heard you like your mom jokes, so I put a your mom joke in a your mom joke so you can be annoyed while you’re being annoyed.

J0E's avatar

In Soviet Russia your mom jokes about you.

Ivan's avatar

Dammit, I actually tried to think of a soviet mom joke for a long time and couldn’t come up with anything. Kudos.

J0E's avatar

lol, I guess I found my calling ;P

kenmc's avatar

@J0E not sure if that’s such a good thing…

eponymoushipster's avatar

@Ivan In Soviet Union, your mom bangs YOU!

Ivan's avatar

In Soviet Russia, that was funny.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@Ivan don’t be mad just because you thought for hours and couldn’t come up with a good merge

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