Why are you laughing?

Jake W. Douglas – Anchor staff

Many of you got the email from the associate Vice President for Community about the LGBTQ community and immigrants being targeted through flyers and posters across the campus. This is a classic example of a hate crime. These two communities were targeted individually and with the intent to scare them.

Not only is it morally wrong but it isn’t funny either. What’s interesting is that shows, such as “South Park” constantly get away with the things they say and make fun of. So what makes “South Park” less offensive than these hate crimes? The first reason that people provide for the media’s free pass is the First Amendment. As a television show working for a cable comedy network, they have the right to express their views to the people in the United States.

Another reason that people may not think about is how the creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, made it a mission to offend as many people and groups as possible. The reason why it’s funny is because they make it a point to make fun of everyone and everything. If “South Park” only made fun of one group of people, then it would be considered a show committing a hate crime.

What is unfortunate is that some people can’t tell the difference and are too ignorant to acknowledge that putting up flyers like the ones on campus isn’t funny. This branches out to an even larger topic on how desensitized we have become as a country. As a country,we seem almost unfazed by the fact that there are kids and people are being shot up in schools, malls, airports and virtually any public place. The White House seems to have become a reality show. It’s definitely a weird time in U.S. History.

Being a college student, I feel that it is important to pay attention to the political climate. Since we are the future, we have to figure out how to fix this failing system. Many people think that what is going on is a bad thing, but I believe it is good because we know know how divided we’ve become as a country. It puts a spotlight on all the people that have been suffering.

One way I cope with all this confusion and conflict is humor. This is why I enjoy “South Park”– it takes a serious topic and makes fun of while everyone else is overthinking the problem or telling some convoluted story that doesn’t make sense. We all should be mindful of one another and know when it is okay (or not okay) to laugh.

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