September 30, 2017

Irony Alert: Ryerson’s “Anti-Racism Comedy Night” finds humour in race-based jokes

David MenziesMission Specialist

Did you hear the one about a white heterosexual male who went to an anti-racism comedy night at Ryerson University only to find the show was NOT as advertised? There were race-based jokes aplenty but their punchlines tended to be straight white males

The advertisement from my alma mater promoting a racism-free comedy night was intriguing. Surely, a comedy event that veered away from race would likely be boring, right?

But, a pattern emerged as the night wore on.

The comedians, all of whom were visible minorities, served up many race-based jokes. And a good thing, too, because those were the funniest jokes.

And, without ever once heckling, this straight white male was targeted for verbal abuse by all of them!

Not that I minded. Once you step foot in a comedy club everything's fair game. And if you don’t have a thick skin, go to the opera instead.

So what’s the takeaway from Ryerson’s Anti-Racism Comedy Night given that there were racial jokes galore?

Well, for one thing, apparently a joke isn’t racist if the joke is made at the expense of white people.  And for another, it seems making a race-based joke doesn’t necessarily make someone a racist.

The fact is, we’re all equal but we’re all different too and often, there’s a wealth of humour to be found in racial and cultural stereotypes.

Maybe we can all agree after all, that a comedy club should be free from the free speech toxin that is political correctness.

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commented 2017-10-02 01:25:22 -0400
A few years ago while on holiday in Trinidad I met an East Indian woman from Toronto. She told me, “White people aren’t the only racists. When I married my black husband my family when ballistic. They we’re outraged that I would marry outside our ethnic circle.”
commented 2017-10-01 09:48:14 -0400
You mean one of the CRIMEMINISTER’S terrorists
commented 2017-10-01 08:28:23 -0400
  • Breaking News *


" ‘Acts of terrorism’ in Edmonton: Officer stabbed, pedestrians run down "

And so it begins.

If this was from one of Trudeau’s imports, all hell is gonna break loose.
commented 2017-10-01 08:16:11 -0400
The white man:

Came to North America about 250 years ago to avoid persecution and make a new life.

Went from wax candles to space travel in that time.

Africa, Middle East and Asia – were all living in schitte holes at that time.

Now they rely upon white man technology to advance.

Most still live in schitte holes today.

Most are serious racists and many are slavers.

All hate the white man but call upon his technology, aid, medicines and cash donations to keep them out of trouble.

The new white man ignores all this and destroys their own while watching those who come from schitte holes work hard to turn their new homes in North America and Europe in to the same schitte holes they left behind.

Those who come do their best to convert the white man into what they are while turning the west into a schitte hole.

Canadian voters now have an additional 32,000 people who will take rather than build.

When the original people came to North America they had no social services and taxes – they worked or starved. The free money came in the mid sixties and the down hill slide started.
commented 2017-10-01 05:35:13 -0400
Terry…this was joke I heard on the Ed Sullivan Show back in the 60s I can’t recall the name of the comedian but he was one of the best. I just looked his name Myron Cohen one of the best comic.
commented 2017-10-01 01:29:38 -0400
Fraser Mcburney; Just by chance I had dinner with an Italian family this evening. Wished I’d have read your post first. 😅
commented 2017-09-30 20:56:19 -0400
Elton Braun, I concur!
commented 2017-09-30 20:04:43 -0400
Unless they are cutting up a white male. No pun intended.

“That is the mindset of many people who are not of European descent.
The biggest racists in the country are those who scream and yell about racism everyday.” That is how it looks to me Don MacDonald.

That crowd didn’t look very diverse to me. In fact there really looked to be a Muslim majority to me, although some of the men could have been Sikh or Hindu. Black and brown was represented but I saw no red or yellow, was Menzies the only ‘cracker’? Nope I wouldn’t say that was a diverse crowd at all. Is that room a representation of the demographic at Ryerson?
Nope I would not call that a diverse crowd.
commented 2017-09-30 19:33:32 -0400
Is not the current open mike schtick to just say, as a self identified Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferer comedian, to an audience other such sufferers, “Trump”? Then they are an automatic success?

These comedy types are such losers using up so many words and expelling so much CO2 to make the politically correct one word joke to their equally synapsed challenged audience?
commented 2017-09-30 18:43:58 -0400
The hypocritical politically correct left is devoid of humour.
commented 2017-09-30 18:25:29 -0400
Another Bolshie bubble baby event that will be ignored by the outside world. Today’s Universities are insulated echo chambers . No one is interested in the robot rhetoric of droogs who have never been anywhere in Canad, don’t know Canada, its people or its culture they are essentially foreign nationals in their own country it’s like being lectured on sex by a eunuch.
commented 2017-09-30 17:59:20 -0400
There exists a well defined double standard when discussing white European culture and all others.
A neighbour of mine is a nice guy , from Pakistan. He’s been here over 20 years. At a local neighbourhood function he was showing a caricature picture of Trump with his cellphone. It showed Trump wearing a negligee complete with boobs and red lipstick. I replied that if that picture was of Obama , there’d be howls of racism . He looked at me and said " yes , that would be racist ".
I queried " But it’s not if it’s a white person ?" " Yes" he replied.
That is the mindset of many people who are not of European descent.
The biggest racists in the country are those who scream and yell about racism everyday.
commented 2017-09-30 17:03:30 -0400
Another bright sunny autumn day in Canada and this came to mind

A proud Italian old man calls his son to come to the living room.
HEY Giovani come here, so the kid comes running in and says whats up pop. The old man says I’ma gonna give you my most prized posession he reaches into his pocket and with reverence pulls out the most beautiful pearl handle gun. He say Giovani this gun was given to by Il Duce himself. Ima givin this gun you take good care you’ll never know when you will have to use it.
Time goes by and Giovani is having dinner with his father. The old man looks at Giovani and says that’sa a lovely watch you where did you buy it? Giovani says I traded the gun for the watch. The old man flies into a rage slamming his fist on the table. "You crazy sonma of a bitch whatcha gonna to do you come you wife she’sa not in kitchen she’s not doing the laundry, you run upstairs and there she is in bed with another man….whatcha going to do…….. SAY….TIMES A UP.
commented 2017-09-30 14:56:59 -0400
I am also a straight white male and none of this bothers me either. Freedom of expression should include the freedom to expose one’s own hypocricy and make a complete fool of oneself, and these people are certainly exercising that right.
commented 2017-09-30 13:48:14 -0400
“Talk to the hand, because the ears ain’t listening” by actor and comedian Martin Lawrence.
commented 2017-09-30 13:44:18 -0400
… The Left is based upon the philosophy of collectivism- both socially and economically. They are unable to consider people not divided into groups. Their “anti-racism” agenda is actually only furthering racism.
… The true Right is based upon recognition and respect for one another as equal individuals. Racism is not possible on the Right.
commented 2017-09-30 11:56:27 -0400
George Carlin did a good job of creating humour that everyone could relate to. Eddie Murphy made race based jokes at the expense of white guys and I n e v e r got pissed. The double standard causes the division. Sigh. It’s the same old story … white males are playing a game where the opposing side is cheating and the authorities and the spectators don’t care. The only way to win is not to play.
commented 2017-09-30 10:58:41 -0400
If people had to be politically correct in comedy, comedy would die out.