Sunday, June 30, 2013

... abs-cbn Ted Failon Ngayon: tv comedians as bullies ... (life coach, counselor, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, osteopath, quezon city, manila, philippines)

sarcastic humor is marked by rude, mocking, or cutting remarks intended to ridicule, insult, or "diss" its victim. 

the Filipino slang equivalent for sarcastic humor is "okray" and "pagookray" is the form of humor popularized in Filipino comedy clubs. people pay to see sharp-tongued comedians making fun of victims who they call up onstage from the audience.  these victims put on a brave front, enduring the mockery they receive until they are finally released back to their seats.

sarcastic humor is composed of two ingredients: aggression and humor. people who harbor or enjoy a sarcastic form of humor probably had experiences in their childhood wherein they were belittled, bullied, or made fun of.  and now that they are older, the way they get even with the world is by aggressively doing unto others what was done to them, albeit in a manner that is cloaked in humor.  

the once-bullied person now bullies others, and they get away with it because verbal aggression mixed with humor comes across as a smart-alecky form of wit.  clearly, sarcastic comedians need to undergo psychotherapy so that they can let go of the emotional baggage that fuels their sarcasm.  

personally, i feel quite sad when i see the audience enjoying verbal slapstick because they unwittingly condone harmful humor. what's even more disturbing is that one of the more popular comedians who has recently received nationwide flak for making a cruel joke about "gang-raping obese women" wins the "2013 Best Comedian of the Year" award.

children have to be protected against exposure to sarcastic humor on tv because children are very impressionable.  television is a good teacher of bad values--  and if children frequently get exposed to sarcastic humor, they start imbibing the attitude that it is okay to diss people as long as it is done in a spirit of jest.  

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