Classic Toyota ad Remix: A funny way to be terrified [video]
By Zack Klapman
Funny is funny. I believe there’s no subject that can’t be talked about or joked about, as long as it’s done properly. For example: rape jokes were the “new black” of 2012. That’s a dark, horrible subject, and a lot of the jokes people made/make flat-out suck. A dark subject handled poorly smells of desperation and an attempt at shock-value. But in the right hands (Louis CK), something that is usually a source of sadness or fear can be flipped on its head.
Same with terrorism and war. Terrorism by itself: not funny. But, for example, say someone were to take the audio of an old Toyota TV truck ad, and lay it over news footage of various militias driving Toyota trucks with machine guns mounted to them? Hilarious. Jump to watch.
“All subjects are suitable for humour – while some individuals may not appreciate jokes about death, rape, or jewish mothers (I believe that the one which ends “Just call me Sitting Shiva” should go in the Top 100 Jokes of All Time), we have the right to object to or not laugh at that which we don’t find funny. We do not, however, have the right to tell others what they may not laugh at.” – Tony James, London, UK