It's racist, borderline offensive. But a little funny. Just bare with me...
I was in Vegas, taking the shuttle bus to the airport from the car rental dropoff. I was in between a group of drunk tourists and a middle-aged black couple.
The drunk dudes were talking about their trip, and how one of them almost nailed a black chick.
This turned into a few racist jokes.
The black couple was slowly getting more and more offended, and the wife restrained her husband more than once. I'm getting uncomfortable watching this, but wasn't in a position to make the guys stop.
This continues to escalate until one of the drunkies cracks this joke: "Hey, why did the black man cross the road? BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE THE CHICKEN WAS!!"
The black dude laughed a little, and then looked around to see if anyone noticed.
His eyes caught mine. I pointed to him, with an "I saw that, you laughed" face. His expression?
He knew he got caught, and then wasn't angry at the drunk dudes anymore. Apparently racism is ok as long as it's funny...
On that note, that could be why Randy Newman recently made this song:
"I'm Dreaming of a White President" can be seen as racist, but Mr. Newman made this song as a jab to the Republican Party and some of the hate rhetoric going around.
Again, slightly racist, but intended to be funny.
Or is that crossing a line, since white people would be crucified for telling the same joke?
Carlos Mencia talks about 'Beaners and Wetbacks' but I can't.
...yet everyone jokes about White Trash and rednecks. And I'm ok with that.
Can racism be funny? Can we poke fun at ourselves and each other without getting overly offended?
Or if I shout out "Fuck yo couch, nigga!" will you cry foul?