BJ'S BLOG 08/04/12 "Dane Cook's Joke"
Earlier this week, we talked about the recent joke Dane Cook made that ended with him having to make a public apology.
Here is the joke that got him trouble: “I heard that the guy came into the theater about 25 minutes [into the movie]. And I don’t know if you’ve seen the movie, but the movie’s pretty much a piece of crap. Yeah, spoiler alert. I know that if none of that would have happened, I’m pretty sure that somebody in that theater, about 25 minutes in realizing it was a piece of crap, probably was like, ‘Ugh, f**ing shoot me.”
I’ve heard that comedy bit before where someone is doing something they don’t like and they think “kill me”
It’s not out of the realm of comedy to make a joke like that so I feel like the real reason everyone was really mad is because it happened a little less than 2 weeks ago and people feel like it’s too soon.
I argue that in this day of social networking and being able to obtain information in mere seconds, is there really such thing as “too soon” anymore? Audiences want everything now regardless of what it is.
Also, those people in the audience laughed, so if he’s doing what he’s doing and his target audience doesn’t get offended, then it’s hard to fault a guy for doing his job.
The only thing that upset me about Dane Cook was his apology that was clearly written by his PR guy.
"I am devastated by the recent tragedy in Colorado and did not mean to make light of what happened. I made a bad judgment call with my material last night & regret making a joke at such a sensitive time. My heart goes out to all of the families and friends of the victims."
He wasn’t really devastated by this because he wouldn’t have joked about it in the first place! I did however like how he said he made a bad judgment call on his material; he should have just said that instead.
Why do performers have to keep apologizing for jokes that don’t offend their target audience but offend someone else? If you’re not who the joke is for, you shouldn’t get mad.?