Wednesday, May 16, 2012

We Should Go Too Far Every Chance We Get

Hola kids! An interesting thing happened today on Twitter right after another fantastic episode of I’m With Stupid this morning. My good friend and friend of IWS, CatcherDudesMom had been in the chat room listening and then decided to catch up on Sunday’s Mother’s Day celebration. After listening to both shows she asked us (not in a rude way or anything) “Do you ever think you go too far on your show?”

Matt-Man answered with a quick “No.” My initial reply was “If we didn’t go too far, we wouldn’t be trying.” Thennnnnnn CDM was all like “Isn’t there a societal norm of what’s too much?” Of course Matt-Man wrote brilliantly about society’s unwritten rules yesterday, but I decided to give my take on this topic too.

This got me to thinking, not about whether or not we “go too far,” but what “going too far” is. I told her that I didn’t know what the “societal norms” would be, and even if I did I would intentionally break them anyway. I’m a rebel like that. But honestly, these “norms” are usually set by the loudest, pushiest and narrow minded minority.

The late great American philosopher George Carlin once said "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately."

I understand that people don’t care for comedians (or radio hosts) whom they consider to be unnecessarily vulgar. A lot of people feel that way about Louis C.K, Sarah Silverman, Opie and Anthony, Don Imus and so many more. But, if you get rid of all the comedians who tell dirty jokes, or joke about things that make you uncomfortable or use the word “cunt,” all you’ll have left is Jeff Foxworthy and is brain-dead “Redneck” jokes. (Which would be offensive to Rednecks if they weren’t being told by a white Redneck.)

When it comes to attempts to regulate what people say, I think we should break all these rules daily. I mean, if we can’t make jokes about gender and racial stereotypes, religion, politics, abortion and everything else that makes people uncomfortable then what can we joke about? People are going to take things we or anyone else says the way they want to no matter what. If you’re looking to be offended it won’t be too hard to find a way to be.

Of course, there are always the fake offended people who just feel like they SHOULD be offended. Many people believe they SHOULD be offended by abortion jokes. Or jokes about how Miley Cyrus’ hotness peaked 5 years ago when she was 14.  

My friend Catcher Dudes Mom is not one of those people though. She was just asking a sincere question and even said people don’t have to listen if they don’t like it. Which is, of course, the absolute Goddamn Motherfuckin’ Truth. But, our problem is that we WANT people to listen. We want lots and lots of people to listen.

But, like the American philosopher Matt-Man said yesterday, people shouldn’t hide who they are just to please others or be popular with others. And, we can’t pretend to be something we’re not either.  And to be honest, you would be shocked at how much we hold back during the show and how many things we think, but don’t say. This is actually a flaw on our part and we should correct it and just let it all hang out. Maybe we will one day.

But, until then, listen to today’s Wacky Wednesday show. It was a pretty good show. Not nearly offensive enough, but still pretty good. We talked McDonald’s breakfast, Ron Paul, unappreciative gays a few other topics and then launched some Molotov Mocktails. Good times! 

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I'm With Stupid said...

Ha!! Great post, and someday we should hold air the,

"Jay and Matt Let Loose Their Thoughts, and You May Not Want To Listen, Because You May Be Mentioned, and Not In a Good Way, Show."

I know the title is a bit long, but you get my verbose drift.

Cheers Jayman!!


Mike said...

“societal norms”

Thus my blog name, Billions of Versions of Normal. Even twins don't have the exact same thoughts.

Anonymous said...

I agree with both of you! Jay and Matt, let loose...:)

Beth said...

I offend people on a daily basis. It's fun!

Nicholas Temple said...

Thanks. Sarah is one of Anne and my favorites.

L-Kat said...

If comedians didn't cross the line and weren't offensive, I wouldn't like them. There's something about the shock value of certain topics that is too damn funny. Keep on doing what you're doing!

Dana said...

I've always assumed y'all were going for the Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Howard Stern (throwing that last one in there just to appease y'all) type "shock" radio. Intentionally and knowingly over the top.

Do you go too far? Not on BTR, but my guess is you wouldn't be able to go "as far" if/when you were to make it big.


Jo said...

I like the brute absurdity of too-far, but the people that have made this their only gig end up boring me...and it's weird & awkward to be bored by someone who has a banana up their butt or whatever.

Howard Stern was so funny to me back when he used to prank call Racquel Welch.

So yes, I think you guys should let loose.

I'm With Stupid said...

Matt-Man: I think that's a perfect title.


I'm With Stupid said...

Mike: But twins can be kinda creepy sometimes.


I'm With Stupid said...

Anon: Thanks for your support!


I'm With Stupid said...

Beth: You never offend me though. Maybe you're not trying hard enough.


I'm With Stupid said...

Nick: I like Sarah and find her funny most of the time. She's a better than average actress too.


I'm With Stupid said...

L-Kat: Exactly! They have to push the limits from time to time just to keep people from getting bored with them.


I'm With Stupid said...

Dana: We don't really know what we're going for. ha!

Once you have sponsors you have to worry about not upsetting them.


I'm With Stupid said...

Jo: I agree. You gotta mix it up. Sometime when people have nothing but "shock" jokes like Whitney Cummings and her non-stop vulgar lady parts jokes, it gets stale. These things are funniest when they come out of nowhere.

And I've never really listened to Howard Stern. I was a Don Imus guy.