Thursday, March 17, 2005

Git er done!

It has come to my attention that Comedy Central, the television station based on stand-up and sketch comedy, has become quite racist. They now advertise different comedy specials featuring four famous comics with one thing in common: race. They have the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, the Kings of Comedy, the Queens of Comedy, and the Latin Kings of Comedy. In case the titles didn’t help you, the Blue Collar Comedy Tour showcases “redneck” white comics. The Kings of Comedy display African-American male comedians, and the Queens, obviously, are the Black females. Finally, the Latin Kings of Comedy are four Latino men who have succeeded in the comedy business. Of course, each group makes jokes about their own and that have to do with their own lifestyles, and they are quite funny. The Kings of Comedy joke about problems Black men endure (specifically with women), and the Latin Kings of Comedy make jokes about Hispanic family traditions. One of the Blue Collar comedians jokes about rednecks and cowboy boots. This is all entertaining, and the ratings for these shows must be high. But I don’t see why they have to distinguish between races. Can’t Comedy Central put together comedians who are funny? A Black man, a Caucasian man, and a Latino man could perform a show together and still sell out the venue. It seems like the television channel is taking strides to expose the differences between people when in reality, they should be uniting them.


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