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George Carlin Political Correctness

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Last Updated: 09 October 2020

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As comedy wars rage between comics who think that punching down and harmful stereotyping isnt great and comics who think PC culture is killing art form, two of the most common names invoked by the latter group are stand - ups George Carlin and Eddie Murphy. Both are legends known for saying it straight and being honest, even when results could be shocking. Both were wildly popular in the 80s, at the peak of stand - up popularity - and often time that many conservative - mind modern - day comics now look back on longingly. Both are go - to examples for edgelord comics who say that stand - up is all about shocking crowd, being offensive, and shrugging off responsibility for their audiences ' feelings, all in the name of free speech and telling it like it is. But here is the thing: both Carlin and Murphy would likely disagree with people who hold them up as examples. Carlin died in 2008, but the video of his 1990 interview with Larry King makes it crystal clear that when it come to punching down, he absolutely didnt think it was funny. In fact, even though it was solidly 20 years ago, he makes some of the major points put forth by comics today who are all about inclusivity and punching up. The video made its rounds on Twitter on Saturday morning, thanks to Blacklist writer Aiah Samba. In the clip, Carlin criticizes fellow stand - up Andrew Dice Clay for his bits that punch down. Comedy has traditionally picked on people in power, people who abuse their power, he say. Women and gays and immigrants, to my way of thinking, are underdogs. I think the core audience is young white males who are threatened by these groups, he continue. I think a lot of these guys are sure of their manhood, I think that is often a problem when youre going through adolescence. And women who assert themselves and that are competent are a threat to these men, and so are immigrants in terms of jobs. I think that what is at the core of experience that takes place in those arenas. Sharing of anger and rage at these targets. And anyone who has studied Carlin knows that he walks walk. Sure, he could be shocking and offensive, especially at times. But he was also consistently thoughtful and more often than not was making larger point. Yes, he thought Clay could say whatever he wanted on stage, but as he said in the interview, it did mean that Carlin was laughing at it. At all. Just a few days before the Carlin clip made its rounds on the internet, Eddie Murphy confessed in an interview with New York Times journalist Jason Zinoman that stand - up specials most revered by comedians who want to go back to simpler times of offense make him cringe when he stumbles upon them on television. I was a young guy processing a broken heart, you know, kind of asshole, Murphy said in an interview for his 1987 special, Raw.

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