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Do you think comedy is what is keeping freedom of speech intact?   


Debbie Katz Free Spirit
@debkatz78 · Posted 19 Feb. 2022

I look at shows that focus on comedy, one, in particular, being South Park (an adult cartoon) and the ideas they express, the humor, everything is done in a way to bring people together to just have a laugh. I think we need that more than ever. People are too concerned with feelings and it is scary to me. Feelings are not stable. Emotions sway and can be damaging. I feel like comedy is a good outlet for people to just stop taking things so seriously and relax. What do you think?


Bomb . Carpe Diem...
@bomb · Posted 20 Feb. 2022

Yeah! Sure, i have never thought about it like that, but i definitely see your point. Movies and TV shows can bring out some things that we fear saying out loud. And yes, we are hiding behind true self. We don't want the real us to come out .That is why we usually appreciate comedians or cartoons that say it bluntly. Because it is like they are speaking for all of us. 

Books used to do the same, but fewer and fewer people are reading books nowadays. So that leaves comedy and social media as the avenues for letting these things out. But social media is so much more gagged nowadays. People cannot talk freely online. Movies say it better. I agree with you, we should do this more.


Osheen Sharma
@Osheen.Sharma · Updated 22 Feb. 2022

I have a bit of a hate love relationship with comedy because of how people perceive it. Oftentimes the comedian is a witty individual using satire to address a difficult social situation and people either take it literally and take offence or take it seriously and start to justify their own biases based on it. There are also comedians who have no idea what they're doing and make jokes that are not only distasteful but also not funny. So while comedy is a good example of freedom of speech I don't think it is upholding it in any way. The whole concept of freedom of speech is also rather misunderstood and is often used by bigots to justify the vitriol they spew. Freedom of speech is upheld by the law but even that seems to have changed a bit over the years with various books and pieces of art being banned so as to alter the history of our world. So in conclusion I'd say, that comedy is a great space to exercise freedom of speech and it does often allow society to see the reality of things but it probably isn't the only think upholding it. I do relate to what you say about letting people just chill and take it easy but I feel like that becomes a bit difficult in times like now where the world is so volatile.

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