When did “too soon” become “never if we say so?”
The 2021 documentary “Too Soon: Comedy After 9/11” examined how comedians reacted to the September 11 terrorist attacks. It’s a fascinating look at culture, humor and how people respond to tragedy.
One key takeaway?
Comedy mattered more than ever after the attacks. It allowed people to heal, process the pain and, later, hold political leaders accountable for their subsequent responses.
Except some woke scolds are ready, willing and able to punish comics for telling 9/11 jokes … more than 20 years later. And media outlets are playing right into their hands or, in some cases, egging it on.
British comedian Jimmy Carr loves telling jokes that get under our skin. It’s his brand, and he burnished that reputation earlier this year with a bit tied to the Holocaust.
“When people talk about the Holocaust, they talk about the tragedy and horror of 6 million Jewish lives being lost to the Nazi war machine. But they never mention the thousands of Gypsies that were killed by the Nazis. No one ever wants to talk about that, because no one ever wants to talk about the positives.”
The ensuing Cancel Culture assault proved considerable, with some lawmakers suggesting Carr should be jailed for his comments.
‘This absolutely contravenes the law of racial hatred.’
— LBC (@LBC) February 5, 2022
Now, Carr is back under the microscope for another joke.
Welcome to 2022.
His latest offensive gag, captured via Netflix’s “The Best of Netflix is a Joke: The Festival,” circles back to 9/11.
“Now you might think this is silly, but it’s absolutely true,” he says. “When Zayn left One Direction, for me, it was like 9/11 — I didn’t care about that either.
“I was actually supposed to be on one of the planes on 9/11, but the more interesting story is how I met Osama.”
UK’s Daily Mirror started the Cancel Culture fire, citing two random people who didn’t like the joke. They were enough to spark a story, though. And more than one article on the topic.
The right-leaning Daily Mail followed suit, and it did so using the oldest trick in the Cancel Culture book for journalists.
MailOnline has contacted Netflix and representatives for Jimmy for comment.
What kind of comment are they seeking? Carr wrote and told the joke. Netflix, which previously shared “Jimmy Carr: His Dark Material” and “Funny Business,” broadcast it knowing how Cancel Culture works.
It’s the tell-tale bullying reporters employ to silence free speech.
And 9/11 isn’t the only horrific tragedy which Carr has used in his comedy – if it can be called that in this instance.
“Comedy equals tragedy plus time,” goes the old saw, which too many people want to eradicate.
Wait ’til journalists hear how George Carlin wished death on innocents at the end of his career.
We’re never told how many people are “offended” by the jokes in question. Nor is it clear why we need to be protected from jokes that a very small minority find troubling.
Journalists just want the clicks and, if possible, the comedic scalps for their mantles.