My wife and I watched The Interview off Netflix recently. It was funny in some places, not so much in others, but it got me to thinking about why it is considered acceptable to mock some figures in comedy and not others. The basic idea is, it is OK to “punch up” and not to “punch down”.
To be clear, this has nothing to do with free speech rights or anything along those lines. It simply has to do with what is and is not funny. That’s highly subjective at the best of times for any number of people. So, to make things as clear as possible, these are my thoughts on what is and isn’t funny, and that is not to stop anyone from making jokes at the expense of anyone anywhere.
Also, there’s going to be some MASSIVE SPOILERS below the cut for The Interview, so you’ve been warned.
Who is the greatest champion in the fight against terrorist threats in America? Is it the FBI? No. The CIA? Pshah! They miss more than they hit. The NSA? They (This the NSA taking control of Watson’s laptop. While we are effective, the correct response is not us…) The greatest foe the communist aggressors have faced since Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and John Candy in Stripes is Austin’s own, Tim League! While he isn’t obscure to the Gabbing Geek team, we’ll take any opportunity to talk about the coolest theater owner in the world. Plus, he’s a fellow Rice alum!