24 September, 2002


What's the difference between a joke and an insult?
A joke is aimed at someone else.

Jesse Jackson isn't too happy with everyone involved with the movie Barbershop. Apparently, some of the jokes aren't up to his standards. The funny part of the story, though, comes at the end:

Director Malcolm Lee, whose films include The Best Man, and Undercover Brother, called the brouhaha "a little silly."

"I think if they want to protest movies, there are a lot of other movies to protest that do a lot more damage to the black community," Lee said. "There are strong images and more egregious affronts to (blacks)."

Such as....Undercover Brother?! I don't think you need to be Aaron McGruder to see the problem with Mr. Lee's statement.

As for whether the producers, director, writers, stars, etc did something wrong...*shrug* I suspect it falls under the category of jest, and as the article states, the other characters condemn the speaker for being disrespectful. This is the sort of writing that used to fall under the category of humor, possibly even political humor. Now it seems as though not towing the line will get you a reprimand and demands to cut the offending scene out of future releases. So remember kids: freedom of speech is a-okay, as long as you don't say anything unpopular.

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