Just Keep It Funny

on 07.06.2007

Here at the CrazyShit.com offices we have the special privilege of not being restricted by federal guidelines or political correctness. Which makes for a very interesting atmosphere when it comes to the types of content we deal with. Today I posted a picture that says "Nigga Stole My Bike" on it. At first glance it's got racist written all over it but if you look at the history behind that saying you will find there is a strong comedic aspect involved. One of the oldest jokes I know goes: "What do you call a black guy on a bike?…. Thief". Now I remember hearing that when I was a little kid and thinking it was hilarious. Now before you go calling me racist for thinking that's funny you must be aware of the fact that I come from a very multicultural background. My father just happened to be black.

So when I hear jokes like "Nigga Stole My Bike" I don't judge them merely on racial content I also try to see the bigger cultural picture. There is a series of animated gifs dedicated to "Nigga Stole My Bike" which are based upon the old "Mike Tyson's Punchout" Nintendo game. If you have ever played it you might remember a scene where the main character is running behind his who is on a bicycle. A trainer who just happens to be black. So imagine a scene of the hero running behind a black guy with the original Punchout! music playing and some guy singing in the background "Ni-gga Stole My Bike". If that's not funny then I don't know what is anymore.

Comedy is one of those things that really depends on what kind of audience you are trying to reach. You have to establish an understanding with them so they know where you are coming from. When Kramer made his now infamous "NiggerGuy" statement he made one critical mistake in his performance. It wasn't funny. I saw the video and the fact that what he was doing wasn't even remotely comedic was the most offensive part of show. I've seen plenty of white people use the dreaded "N" word and make it so funny even the most hardened Al Sharpton fans crack a smile. So what makes what Kramer did so wrong and the "Nigga Stole My Bike" so right? The main difference is where these two questionable statements came from. When Kramer said nigger it was out of sheer rage. As long as there is anger involved it's not really funny when it comes to race.

Humans have a lot of things in recent history they are none too proud of and would like to forget. Before people forget they have to heal and I say the best medicine for what ails you is laughter. If we can't laugh at ourselves and all these meaningless stereotypes then we are wasting our time on this planet being angry. And as far as I'm concerned you can leave all that seriousness for the dead. CrazyShit tries to leave all the rules behind and open our minds to all possibilities of humor. That's why we feel the Crazyshitter's are a special breed among the rest of the sites out there. They leave all their cultural baggage behind and just try to keep things funny. Which is the way it was always supposed to be.

Greg J., gregj@crazyshit.com
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Comments From the Peanut Gallery
I guess you don't get a lot of comments down here, seeing as there aren't any pictures and there's all those. . .words! Someone might have to read something, God forbid! But I thought it was a great little article! I also think you're a great addition to Crazyshit, Greg. With articles like this and that you weren't afraid to come in the forums an debate a little bit, I hope you stick around for a while!
posted on: 07-10-07 @ 11:24 AM