"Funny thing about Obama" - page 2

"on his hbo show, "real time with bill maher," the comedian routinely makes vicious fun of celebrities, politicians, presidents and even god. but he's learned that, for much of his audience, barack... Read More

  1. by   Absolutely13
    I reserve the right to make fun of rich, white people since I'm already half of the equation.

    The simple truth in this discussion is comedians are reluctant to make jokes about a president with such a high approval rating. This will change when or if Obama's popularity diminishes.

    Comedy is a business like any other.
  2. by   hillarypeace2006
    Quote from tntrn
    Hillary is taking exception to my post. And I did mention the word "equality." But that doesn't mean what she's trying to make it mean. It means that if you on the left, white, brown, green or whatever, are fine with making jokes about others in the political scene, and they are white, rich, poor, can't talk to your standards, then by definition of the word equality, you must also be able to accept that coming from the others. How many times do we hear the words rich and white in jokes and other kinds of comments. THAT is racial also. and THAT is what I meant. If you (the generic you) want to dish it out, you must be able to take it also. But some aren't.

    I thank you for your clarification, but TNTRN, I really don't know of any jokes that I've heard about Obama don't result in some kind of reference to race. None of the innoculous jokes that you and Jolie refer to, exists. I think that those kind of jokes are the jokes people are turned off by. What jokes are there about rich white people? Haven't heard any lately, nevermind that's off topic. It was only a few months ago that you all were decrying that there was nothing wrong with "obama bucks" the tasteless parody of what food stamps would look like under an obama administration, with vouchers for watermelons, fried chicken and the like. I distinctly remember you and another poster saying they didn't understand the racial relevence of this kind of "humor" Viva is right, there was once allowances for this type of thing, and it wasn't so long ago. As to criticisms, I find it more than fair for anyone to be able to criticize whatever they please politically, and I am sure a lot of that has been going on.
  3. by   hillarypeace2006
    Quote from Absolutely13
    I reserve the right to make fun of rich, white people since I'm already half of the equation.

    The simple truth in this discussion is comedians are reluctant to make jokes about a president with such a high approval rating. This will change when or if Obama's popularity diminishes.

    Comedy is a business like any other.
    If I've made fun of a rich white person it certainly isn't cause their rich and white, most likely because of some atrocity they have committed that has ruined our society. I don't know of any jokes about rich white men, but could write a book about all the gay, black, women, mexican, jew jokes that are floating around the Internet...
  4. by   tntrn
    Quote from hillarypeace2006
    I thank you for your clarification, but TNTRN, I really don't know of any jokes that I've heard about Obama don't result in some kind of reference to race. None of the innoculous jokes that you and Jolie refer to, exists. I think that those kind of jokes are the jokes people are turned off by. What jokes are there about rich white people? Haven't heard any lately, nevermind that's off topic. It was only a few months ago that you all were decrying that there was nothing wrong with "obama bucks" the tasteless parody of what food stamps would look like under an obama administration, with vouchers for watermelons, fried chicken and the like. I distinctly remember you and another poster saying they didn't understand the racial relevence of this kind of "humor" Viva is right, there was once allowances for this type of thing, and it wasn't so long ago. As to criticisms, I find it more than fair for anyone to be able to criticize whatever they please politically, and I am sure a lot of that has been going on.


    You must not listen to anything late at night. Leno says stuff about rich and white folks all the time.

    As to the Obama bucks things, What I said was that I had no idea that the black people had control of watermelon, fried chicken and red koolaid, since I grew up in an all white area and we ate exactly that at least once a week. Only in the summer when watermelon was available of course. What I said was that I didn't realize it was a racist thing. It surely wasn't in our family. It was as delicious meal.
  5. by   hillarypeace2006
    Quote from tntrn
    You must not listen to anything late at night. Leno says stuff about rich and white folks all the time.

    As to the Obama bucks things, What I said was that I had no idea that the black people had control of watermelon, fried chicken and red koolaid, since I grew up in an all white area and we ate exactly that at least once a week. Only in the summer when watermelon was available of course. What I said was that I didn't realize it was a racist thing. It surely wasn't in our family. It was as delicious meal.
    I watch Leno all the time, but I can't remember hearing anything about rich white people on there. Making fun of rich people doesn't mean that one is making fun of white people. As to making fun of white folks, I guess if a white person does it, its not any different to Dave Chappelle making fun of black people. These are very different than taking shots at the president because of his heritage....or always relating commentary back to his race.
  6. by   tntrn
    Quote from hillarypeace2006
    If I've made fun of a rich white person it certainly isn't cause their rich and white, most likely because of some atrocity they have committed that has ruined our society. I don't know of any jokes about rich white men, but could write a book about all the gay, black, women, mexican, jew jokes that are floating around the Internet...
    And if I make fun of Obama, you won't hear me mention his race, either, because frankly, I don't care. What I care about, is that I want a President that isn't bent on making the US go the way of socialism---which I do have concerns about. I fear his policies are going to bankrupt all of us and that none of us are going to be any better off than we are right now. I will make fun of his failure to be able to speak without a teleprompter and even then, screw it up sometimes. I will make fun of his ears.

    But I really don't care about his race...honestly, do not care. I don't need the people I know,or those on TV to constantly remind me they are "of color" I don't remind them I'm "of irish-english-scottish-russian-dutch-german" blood. It's just not important to do that in every conversation or news story.
  7. by   tntrn
    Quote from hillarypeace2006
    I watch Leno all the time, but I can't remember hearing anything about rich white people on there. Making fun of rich people doesn't mean that one is making fun of white people. As to making fun of white folks, I guess if a white person does it, its not any different to Dave Chappelle making fun of black people. These are very different than taking shots at the president because of his heritage....or always relating commentary back to his race.
    Then the President (especially on the campaign trail) should have NEVER, EVER mentioned that he "didn't look like the others" He opened it up as far as I'm concerned.
  8. by   Absolutely13
    [quote=tntrn;3605249]You must not listen to anything late at night. Leno says stuff about rich and white folks all the time.
    quote]

    Jay Leno is rich and white. What's the crime?

    There is no doubt in my mind that if the Obama administration is a failure, there will be no mercy. Heck, I'll have no mercy.

    Just wait for this event if you are waiting for Obama to get skewered:

    [YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSE_saVX_2A[/YOUTUBE]
  9. by   hillarypeace2006
    Quote from tntrn
    Then the President (especially on the campaign trail) should have NEVER, EVER mentioned that he "didn't look like the others" He opened it up as far as I'm concerned.
    I think he was merely reiterating what we all know and what at 50% of us choose to acknowledge which is that America has had such trouble with race that unfortunately it wasn't until 2008 that we could have a bi-racial president. But oh well, I can't seem to impress upon you that criticism of any leader or prospective leader is a great thing, but when it digresses to blatant attacks on someone because of their skin color that is NEVER ok.
  10. by   SuesquatchRN
    Maher is free to make whatever jokes he wants. His audience is free to laugh or not. They are not required to be amused by him.

    If Maher's humor were selling he wouldn't be whining.
  11. by   SuesquatchRN
    Quote from hillarypeace2006
    I thank you for your clarification, but TNTRN, I really don't know of any jokes that I've heard about Obama don't result in some kind of reference to race.
    You've never heard ANYTHING about his ears?

    Wow.
  12. by   Absolutely13
    Q. What does the Obama say when someone sneezes?
    A. I bless you.
  13. by   Jolie
    Quote from hillarypeace2006
    It was only a few months ago that you all were decrying that there was nothing wrong with "obama bucks" the tasteless parody of what food stamps would look like under an obama administration, with vouchers for watermelons, fried chicken and the like. I distinctly remember you and another poster saying they didn't understand the racial relevence of this kind of "humor" Viva is right, there was once allowances for this type of thing, and it wasn't so long ago. As to criticisms, I find it more than fair for anyone to be able to criticize whatever they please politically, and I am sure a lot of that has been going on.
    Reference, please? I truly don't remember such a discussion or thread.

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