My professor was in the middle of her lecture to the class, so I couldn't interrupt her, but I really wanted to ask her for her sources. Comedians? JOKING? About 9/11? Now, I can believe that some moron might post stupid, profanity-laced quips on his facebook page. I can imagine a group of wannabe Al-Qaedas chilling in a basement somewhere, chugging down fermented cactus juice and drunkenly bragging about all the Americans they're going to kill some day. But a professional performer attempting to find humor—even the darkest—in an event that ripped the heart out of this country? Career suicide, if you ask me.
Maybe someone is standing on a stage somewhere riffing into the mic about radical Islam or US government conspiracies or orphaned children. Perhaps a sketch comedy group in Los Angeles or Chicago or New York City really believes that there's nothing too sacred to joke about. I don't believe it. I WON'T believe it.
If you're not laughing yet, you can read my notes from a couple years ago on where I was and what went through my mind on 9/11.
Dinner last night: pork chops and stuffing
Exactly one year ago:
Exactly three years ago:
9-11 was not funny. I can't believe people are joking about it. Glad I have never heard any of it. I don't watch tv that much any more.
I am not sure what they would find to joke about either.
A agree career suicide. I can't believe they could find anything funny about 9/11.
It's not funny and it never will be. And I don't want to have anything to do with a comedian who jokes about it or an audience who laughs.
Humor is a coping mechanism. It's not a denial of tragedy; it's a way to process the unprocessable. When people make jokes about something horrendous, it's - well, it's a very human response. It's an acknowledgment that there's a light, however small, in the middle of the darkness.
If you don't personally use humor to process tragedy, at least have the grace not to think yourself superior to those who do.
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