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    Default Dave Chapelle...Funny or Racist?

    While I admit, Dave Chapelle makes me and my friends laugh, I have to wonder if it's really beneficial?

    There's a skit on right now called, "How Well Do You Know Black People" and it's just listing off the stereotypes. I mean it's done in a funny way, but still...

    I think Oprah touched on this when she interviewed him.

    Are people really taking back insults when they use it on themselves? Doesn't that just make it OK for others to? What about people who don't even understand the ramifications of it? (I'm looking at suburbian kids )

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    Default Re: Dave Chapelle...Funny or Racist?

    He makes fun of blacks, whites, asians.. but really, who's not going to laugh when you poke fun at your own race/culture?
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    Sometimes when marginalized groups reappropriate pejorative terms it is seen as an act of empowerment, snatching back the tools of oppression. The Vagina Monologues lady talked about it with the word "cunt," and of course "nigga" and even "black" are examples. When my parents were growing up it was insulting to call people "black"-I am only 34 and was taught to say African-Americans. I have since been told by many black people that they want to be called BLACK. I have had black people laugh in my face when I used the term "African American." I have always hated the term Chicano but used it if that is what people wanted to be called that. Latino is the adjective du jour for brown people from South of the Border.

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    I think 'African American" is idiotic. None of them have ever been to africa, nor were they born there.

    It would be like "I'm a european-canadian", instead of "hey check out that fat white guy"
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    Default Re: Dave Chapelle...Funny or Racist?

    actually "hey check out that fat white beating up that little kid" is more correct

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    please, like i'd be seen in the company of children! blech!
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    I laugh at Asian jokes but mostly when among Asian friends and ppl that are close to me and know a lot about Asian cultures...

    Isn't Dave Chapelle married to an Asian lady?

    I don't mind it and I agree with what Reina said about "empowerment." There are some gay and lesbian comics doing similar rhetoric. I don't think it reinforces the stereotypes necessarily, it's more like understanding the jokes as gross generalization and finding humour in them IMO.

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    Default Re: Dave Chapelle...Funny or Racist?

    He's funny AND racist. It is possible.
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    Stereotypes are funny because there's a kernel of truth to them. If you can't laugh at that, you're lame.
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    I don't like Dave Chapelle because he gets on my nerves. Hubby loves him.
    Now, Carlos Mencia-that man is fucking hilarious!! He makes fun of EVERYBODY and doesn't cut any race any slack. Most of what he says is true-and funny....
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    Default Re: Dave Chapelle...Funny or Racist?

    I think most of his stuff is pretty funny because he makes fun of everyone. Some of my favorites are the black white supremacist, "white people dancing," and "the racial draft"

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    I like the Chapelle show. Watched it once in a class with people of different races, gender, and ages and everyone was laughing.
    Clayton Bigsby, the black white supremacist is defintely one of the funniest ones, along with the skit about black people getting reparations.
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    Default Re: Dave Chapelle...Funny or Racist?

    Some from column A and some from column B. He's both racist and funny at the same time. Sometimes there's nothing funnier than a perceived broad truth.

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    ^^Agreed. I think he is very funny, witty and has a good slant on things, yet I feel that there are times when he may have just crossed the line, but as everyone else has said--he isn't just making fun of whites or blacks--its everyone. So, it's ok with me...

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    Default Re: Dave Chapelle...Funny or Racist?

    My favorite was the rip on old 50's beaver cleaver sitcoms, with the focus being on a white family that had the last name "Nigger".

    "Oh, it's Sue! She's going out with that Nigger boy!"

    "You're so crazy, Nigger!"

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