Do Comedians have a Code of Ethics?
So, recently, one of my favorite comedians, the very bold (says exactly what’s on her mind) Chelsea Handler, made a reference to living the African American dream in commenting on one of the women of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” Saying,
” Apparently, this woman is a practicing attorney and she’s married to an ex-convict. It sounds to me like she’s living the African-American dream.”
I don’t believe Chelsea to be a racist. For several reasons, first and foremost she is a comedian, had been rumored to be dating 50 Cent, has a panel of inter-racial guests and staff as well. Whether it is ad-libbing or sketched, she talks about what she sees. The majority of comedians have a tendency to speak about different races, cultures or what ever is on the menu in the morning when they wake up, leading to stereotypical jokes that make it into the sketches. Why? Because its bold and comedians get paid to say things only people think about saying while sitting on their living room couches. Perhaps this is why many reality shows portray the dynamic personalities of outrageous behavior of all kinds of individuals no matter what race.
Look at Dave Chappelle, I honestly can never get enough of his outrageous sketches. He paints his face white, pretends to be white and does all of these things for fun. In real life, Dave is married to an Asian woman with white skin.
Let’s not be so harsh on Chelsea because she is hilarious. Hey, she claims to love vodka and she will make fun of any race, including hers at any given moment. Don’t get it twisted, whether Caucasian, Puerto Rican or any other ethnicity of people who audition for crazy reality shows behave outrageously for their own exploitation and exposure. It’s just the way comedy works.
Either way, the networks love it because the ratings are NICE. But do comedians have a code of ethics anyway??
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