Salon reports that Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, put up a defense when asked about his racist humor a few years ago. So, what does he do? Used the ‘It’s funny’ excuse with an f-bomb on the side.
Reading this, and Lavern Merriweather’s article about satire made it more clear and evident that white liberals in the entertainment biz see society’s ills as punchlines to get a cheap laugh or two from privileged audiences. Some think that simply being nonwhite, non-straight, non-male and non-anything-else is a joke in itself. Usually, they’re the types that can barely think of any other way to make the audience laugh.
But privileged satire, as I call it, is entertainment for the privileged, those who think that being the other living and struggling in this lopsided world is funny, because it’s true. The purpose seems less about thinking and more about being stimulated. The gist of privileged satire is to get people to laugh at the struggles of others for anything that is not their fault. As a result, it doesn’t question their privileged mindset; it merely tickles it.