Originally posted by sh76
So, I was poking around on Youtube a bit and I found this ad for an Israeli TV station from a couple of years back.
(I'm posting the one with the English subtitles; but the original actually had Hebrew subtitles. English is routine enough in Israel so that they can run English language commercials.)
For t ...[text shortened]... eriously, is there a double standard that exists in terms of whom one can lampoon?
It's generally been accepted that a member of a minority group can make fun of fellow minorities without it being deemed offensive.
But I would argue that one way you know when a society has truly accepted a minority group is when anyone can "make fun" of certain members of that group without it being deemed "offensive" by more than a very small number of people.
As an example, shows like the "Sopranos" or "Jersey Shore" make much use of certain negative Italian stereotypes, and while a certain number of people have found these shows to be offensive, there hasn't been a major uproar about them. This is because Italians in general don't feel that they're a major target for discrimination - and there's a general sense that when you poke fun at mafia-types, everyone is aware that you're not implying that all Italians are in the mafia.
But it's still hard to make fun of certain groups of blacks or latinos without people assuming you intend to demean all black people or all latino people - which means that we haven't reached that post-racial nirvana quite yet.