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Five Straight Comedians Who Took The ‘Gay Joke’ Way Too Far

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By:           Matthew Tharrett
On:           May 21, 2014
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    • Nuttypea
      Nuttypea

      I guess “too far” is a subjective, I’m much more offended by Lisa Lampanelli’s straight jokes than her gay ones.

      May 21, 2014 at 4:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kieran
      Kieran

      You can tell they’re assholes just by looking at their faces.

      May 21, 2014 at 4:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ingyaom
      ingyaom

      SNL had a g@y cast-member named Todd Sweeney?

      May 21, 2014 at 4:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DB75
      DB75

      @ingyaom: Not that I recall.

      May 21, 2014 at 5:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DB75
      DB75

      @ingyaom: It was 1985-1986 season. He was there, but apparently not that memorable – even for the first openly gay character.

      May 21, 2014 at 5:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jayj150
      jayj150

      Lisa Lampanelli, a straight, white woman, gets away with routinely using the anti gay F word, the anti hispanic S word and the anti black N word. And GLAAD actually has given her awards. Why is her use of those words acceptable for GLAAD, while ‘shemail’ by Rupaul(an actual gay icon) is censored, I’ll never understand. But then again, she’s a straight, white woman. Talk about privilege.

      May 21, 2014 at 5:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lefty
      Lefty

      Eddie Murphy? Straight???

      May 21, 2014 at 5:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AJAnders
      AJAnders

      There were a ton of cast changes and short lived stints for the SNL cast in the 80’s.

      The more I hear about Chevy Chase and his history, the more disappointed I get. I watch the Griswold Family Christmas movie religiously every holiday season and he’s ruining it for me.

      May 21, 2014 at 5:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B Damion
      B Damion

      @Kieran…I couldn’t agree more.

      May 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache99
      Stache99

      @jayj150: Lisa Lampenelli is actually funny though. Yeah, she mocks people with the usual stereotypes but you know she respects them. When I hear it from the others it’s anything but respectful or funny.

      I’m surprised they forgot Andrew Dice Clay on this list.

      May 21, 2014 at 6:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jayj150
      jayj150

      @Stache99: Why do you get to make that call?. I’m Latino, and no, it’s neither funny nor respectful for her to use the S word. As LBGT people, we constantly remind everybody that the F word or the t#anny words are never funny, even when used by supposed allies. We remind them it’s not OK for straight people to decide which words offend us because we’re the oppressed group and they’re looking at it from a privileged place. Yet, when it comes to racial slurs, LGBT folks magically forget all this line of thinking because come on, she’s an ally. So, no Stache, it’s not funny, it’s not respectful; you don’t get to decide that, just like straight folks don’t get to decide ‘f#g#ot’ or ‘tr##ny’ are acceptable. The woman is an entitled bigot with a license issued by the LGBT ‘community’ because she is white and an ally.

      May 21, 2014 at 6:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KDub
      KDub

      Terminally sensitive! If you really take standup comics this seriously, please do yourself a favor and grow up. I’ve read similar stories about Chevy Chase back in his day. The whole “a viciously effective put-down artist, the sort who could find the one thing somebody was sensitive about…and then kid about it, mercilessly,” is exactly why he’s always been one of my favorites.

      May 21, 2014 at 7:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jayj150
      jayj150

      @KDub: I’m actually for for freedom of speech, and I like my comedians outrageous. What I have a problem with is hypocrisy: we can’t be super, hiper sensitive when it comes to words that offend us, and then act like it’s all cool when someone uses racial slurs.

      May 21, 2014 at 7:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KDub
      KDub

      @jayj150: That’s what’s great about comedy. One thing I loved about Comedy Central roasts (back when they used to be funny) is that nothing was off limits. It was super “un-PC”, and the result was people laughing about all the things we usually get super sensitive and uptight over.

      May 21, 2014 at 8:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jckfmsincty
      jckfmsincty

      Was Chevy Chase ever funny?

      May 21, 2014 at 10:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache99
      Stache99

      @jckfmsincty: Good point. He played some good comedic roles though.

      May 21, 2014 at 10:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache99
      Stache99

      @KDub: There’s been some good roasts. My favorite Roasters have been Greg Giraldo, Lisa Lampanelli, and Artie Lange.

      The recent ones I liked best were Pamela Anderson, Joan Rivers, Andy Dick and William Shatner because I’m a trekie. There was nothing out bounds for them. They took a real beating and it was side splitting humor.

      May 21, 2014 at 11:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache99
      Stache99

      @KDub:

      May 21, 2014 at 11:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • medizer
      medizer

      @ingyaom: Terry Sweeney. Apparently no relation to Julia Sweeney.

      May 21, 2014 at 11:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SFHandyman
      SFHandyman

      Wash the rotten from your brain and listen to Margaret Cho talk about the gays.

      May 22, 2014 at 4:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • nevereclipsed81
      nevereclipsed81

      holy sh*tballs that’s all way too far.. what’s funny is that career karma came back to all of them, and they probably think it’s all the gay mafia, or whatever word they invented recently, but they all had marginal talent and were raging as*holes to everyone they worked with, so they bottomed out. figuratively speaking.

      May 22, 2014 at 8:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • nevereclipsed81
      nevereclipsed81

      why does Adam Carolla always look like he just ate a bag of doritos and wiped his fingers all over his face?? seriously. that’s what ended his career. maybe he needs a new face wash or something.

      May 22, 2014 at 8:27 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mezaien
      Mezaien

      They are just like all American (USA)fashion! fade a way and no one will remember them! up yours Mother S.R.E.K.C.U.F .

      May 22, 2014 at 8:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daveliam
      Daveliam

      I don’t have a problem with some of this stuff. I remember listening to Eddie Murphy’s Raw back when I was a small child (my parents were really young and let me watch/listen to things that I really shouldn’t have). I’m now a little shocked at how often he uses the f-word. I’ve always gotten that he was a little tongue in cheek about it. Lisa Lampanelli is an insult comic. Her job is to make fun of everyone and she’s outrageous for that reason. I don’t find her insulting because it’s a schtick. She’s a pretty big ally of the community, in reality.

      On the other hand, Tracy Morgan and Adam Carolla just seem mean spirited and, frankly, a little stupid. I don’t know enough about Chevy Chase’s anti-gay comments outside of this one example.

      I guess the point is that it’s context.

      May 22, 2014 at 10:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • crowebobby
      crowebobby

      Bottom line to me is it’s either mean-spirited or it isn’t. I personally found Margaret Cho’s set here to be funny (which is always subjective) and well-delivered. I always found the two over-the-top-queens sketches done on In Living Color to be equally funny . . . again because they never seemed mean-spirited to me, though the guys doing them (know who they are but can’t be bothered Googleing them to remember their names) may have been homophobic in private. Eddie Murphy, on the other hand, is the worst of all the above because he is obviously gay himself.

      May 22, 2014 at 1:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TheNewEnergyDude
      TheNewEnergyDude

      I have to strongly disagree with you putting Lampanelli on this list. Seeing her in concert, she’s a *huge* supporter of gay rights and gay people and has been very vocal about it in her shows and otherwise.

      She’s also been billed as the “Queen of Mean”…her comedic style is shocking and there isn’t a target she won’t touch, such as ethnicity, gay/straight, etc…

      Also, keep in mind, she went against the Westboro Baptist Church when they went to picket her concert – she ended up donating $1,000 to each WBC member that showed up to picket. 48 showed up, and Lampanelli rounded it up to $50,000 and gave it to the Gay Men’s Health Crisis.

      May 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TheNewEnergyDude
      TheNewEnergyDude

      sorry…to* – meant to say “for” each member…

      May 22, 2014 at 5:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LubbockGayMale
      LubbockGayMale

      As for Chevy Chase, just look at how karma has bit him in the a** recently. Lousy job on latest comedy, sir, and you act like dementia is slowly robbing your brain of any sense!

      May 23, 2014 at 5:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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