Always good when stuff like this weeds out the assholes of the world.
EDIT: I am calling Alec Sulkin an asshole, not people who died in an earthquake or Pearl Harbor. Let me make that clear. I am surprised there was any confusion there.
Good lord, you people do love to pile on. We could talk about why this offensive, which it is. Or, we could talk about the history of comedy (especially the 70s, when guys like Carlin and Bruce were arrested for their acts). Or, why can talk about freedom of speech. Or, we can talk about mob mentality. Or, we can talk about volunteering and outreach efforts for the victims. Or, we can just talk about something else entirely.
I’d rather be on the offensive team than with the angry internet mob; crazed, screaming in caps and wielding pixelated pitchforks.
It’s safe to say @thesulk’s tweet will not be included in the history of comedy because there’s nothing funny about it. It fails as a joke because it doesn’t say anything true. It makes no point. It shines a light on nothing. If it’s meant to be taken humorously, it reveals a basic ignorance of the subject he’s joking about and THAT is offensive all by itself. If we’re going to assume for a minute Alec is actually attempting to make a point here, let’s look at the numbers. A quick Google search shows the Pear Harbor death toll was 2,350, about 70 of those civilians. Another Google search shows the death toll from the combined bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was somewhere between 150,000 to 250,000 — all civilians including women, children and the eldery. Does that death toll make you feel better about the earthquake in Japan?
Eschewing any claptrap about offensiveness or sensitivity or free speech or comedy theory any of those issues there is one simple fact — it’s a piece of shit joke and it makes @thesulk look a total asshole. I’m not calling for anybody’s head, I’m not shouting, I’m not demanding an apology and I haven’t even worried about whether I’m going to unfollow @thesulk or not.
I have no desire to be on the offensive team. If this is the offensive team, the offensive team writes crap jokes.