Political correctness has not only taken away our freedom of speech, but it also now dictates what we may and may not laugh it. I have many friends in the comedy business who have written jokes (pretty funny ones in my opinion), but who have chosen not to tell them in front of a live audience because they would be considered "politically incorrect" So even comedians are walking on eggshells now, but getting back what we may or may not laugh at.....sorry, if someone strikes me funny, I'm busting out laughing.
There was a tragic event last week in San Francisco. Asiana Flight #214 crashed upon landing and some people were killed in the crash. There's nothing funny about that, but what happened the next day is. An intern with the National Transportation Safety Board told KTVU, a Bay Area TV station that the names of the pilots of the plane were "Sum Ting Wong," "Ho Lee Fuk," "Wi Tu Lo" and "Bang Ding Ow." Obviously, these names were not real. Or maybe it wasn't obvious because an anchorwoman for KTVU actually read the names on live TV apparently not realizing that the station was being punk'd. Needless to say, the clip went viral in hours. Politically incorrect? Absolutely! Racist: Probably! Hysterically funny? YOU BET!!
Maybe it's my twisted sense of humor, but I've watched the clip no less than a dozen times, and every time I watch it, I laugh at out loud so hard, I have tears rolling down my face. Do you think I'm insensitive for laughing at it as I do? Well, sorry.
Some post-scripts to the story: The NTSB announced the intern has been fired. How do you fire an intern? Firing a kid from a job he's not being paid for..........that'll teach him.
Also Asiana Airlines announced they plan to sue KTVU citing that the reputation of the pilots and the company had been "seriously damaged" by the report. Maybe it's me, but I think the fact that they crashed their plane is MORE damaging to their reputation.
If by chance you haven't seen the clip, here's the link.
Photo Courtesy: Hollywood Reporter