Re: Hyperbole and Stereotyping For Humor

From: John Marlow (
Date: Thu Feb 08 2001 - 22:31:22 MST

Well, hey--let's not swing all the way over to political


On 8 Feb 2001, at 9:09, Terry Donaghe wrote:

> I apologize to those who found my silly posts to be offensive. As a native
> Mississippian, I feel that I have the right to make fun of my fellow deep
> south friends/family, or at least I should be allowed to use that fact as an
> excuse ;). I didn't mean to be offensive, simply humorous. Many comedians
> use hyperbole and stereotyping as a tool in making people laugh. I can
> certainly see how, if the post concerning "white trash" was read by someone
> without a sense of humor, that person could easily have been offended or
> felt that I was being mean spirited or even classist or racist. If that was
> the case for you, I apologize for offending your delicate sensibilities.
> Please add my name to your filter list and/or disregard any further posting
> of mine, as it may contain some pathetic attempt at humor. I can't imagine
> living in a humor free world - it sounds very sad and lonely.
> In the future I will both attempt to stimulate interesting conversation as
> well as post silly nonsense. I hope that the powers that be don't decide
> that this must be a humor free list. I will try not to be so directly
> offensive next time, and those of you who were offended, please give me the
> benefit of a doubt or simply don't read my posts next time.
> Terry

John Marlow

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