In Quotes

Is it OK for LGBT characters to be punchlines?

“Saying gay people shouldn’t be the punchline is basically saying don’t make people the punch line, which I think is ridiculous. The whole point of comedy is on some level to make fun of ourselves and put everything into an absurdist context. To me, all facets of life are completely absurd. It’s all about context, and bottom line: Is it funny? You can make a mean joke and it’s fine if it’s funny. If it’s not funny, then it’s just purely mean.”— Actor and comedian Billy Eichner, in a thoughtful guest column published by Variety about LGBTQ representation in film and television.