I love to tell jokes. They’re a lot of fun–if told with the right attitude.
Which brings me to today’s talk…
Being mean spirited in your humor is not okay. Here’s a few categories:
- Racist jokes
- Fat jokes
- Lewd jokes
- Political jokes
- Handicapped jokes
This list can go on and on because anything that has a positive side also has a negative side.
I would be a liar if I said I’ve never laughed at or told a mean spirited joke. We have all laughed at inappropriate things.
But that doesn’t make it okay.
And that’s the hard part….
Look, I’m a fairly black and white person. There is no middle ground with me. Right is right and wrong is wrong. The end.
I’m not a prude or a religious “everything is sinful” kind of person. At some point, though, we all must decide a standard to live by.
We can’t say it’s not okay to discriminate or disrespect others in all areas–except joke telling.
Just because something is funny doesn’t make it right.
And saying “just kidding” is not a magical eraser that negates the power of your words.
Please, everyone, have a life filled with joy and humor. I’m not saying you can’t ever tease in a playful way.
We all know the line.
We all know when a joke’s bad or gone too far.
Use discretion, okay? What if it was you on the receiving end?
Now, back to reading my joke book…