i've been listening to radio nz national off and on over the summer (more off than on, i must say). in the afternoons, matinee idle tries to do some funny stuff, particular with the songs. they also have a comedic track playing every morning.
as i say, i haven't listened to much of this stuff, but one afternoon not so long ago, simon morris & the other guy played a song called "bad jokes". and sure enough, one of the bad jokes in the song was (i'm paraphrasing): "why do we use the term PMS? because 'mad cow disease' was already taken". there were a couple of others about women that were just as wonderful, and we were supposed to laugh at them because they were bad jokes. except, when they said the one i've quoted, a huge cheer went up from whatever audience they were playing to.
one particular morning, they had the guy who hosts that programme on tv3 with lots of models in gold dresses (something with the word "deal" in the title?). and if he didn't go raving on about the models breasts and how they kept them in their dresses. followed up by some stuff about how stupid they all were.
i remember seeing a stand-up comedy routine by chris rock on tv one night, which was so full of sexist crap that i just had to turn it off. and our own homegrown guys are just as much fun, including what i've seen of mike king & that andrew whoever, when they do stand up.
i am just so sick of being expected to take this all as a joke. i'm sick of being expected to laugh at stuff that is basically degrading. i'm sick of comedy having to be "un-PC" to be funny, when i know it doesn't have to be that way at all. i know it doesn't because i've watched (at about 11pm, when such things are usually broadcast) ellen degeneres do an hour of stand up, and have me in stitches, without being rude about anybody at all. i've seen seinfeld do it, i've heard bill cosby do it. it may be that these people, at some point in their career, have done objectionable stuff (at least, objectionable to me). but the fact is that they can be really funny without hating on women (or black people or whatever). i won't say "it's not hard", because i don't know, maybe it is. but it is possible.
i certainly expect better of our national radio station. i should be able to listen without having to hear such crap. can i just say that i'm so glad that we're getting back to regular programming from this week?
and just when i finish writing this, i see someone else is pissed off about a similar sort of thing.