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Gingersnap
09-28-2010, 11:12 AM
Sense of humour failure: Council slaps ban on mother-in-law jokes for being 'offensively sexist'

By Chris Hastings
Last updated at 7:46 AM on 26th September 2010

Have you heard the one about the council bosses who can’t take a joke?

Mother-in-law jokes, once the bedrock of British comedy, have been banned by the London Borough of Barnet because they are ‘offensively sexist’ and disrespectful to ‘family elders’.

In a council publication, staff are told not to indulge in the gags, which made the careers of classic comics Les Dawson and Bob Monkhouse.

The booklet, Cultural Awareness: General Problems, warns: ‘Humour can be incredibly culture-specific, and is very open to misinterpretation or even offense [sic] by other cultures. And don’t forget when you don’t know what people are laughing at, it is very easy to imagine that they are laughing at you.’

The guide, obtained by The Mail on Sunday through a Freedom of Information request, adds: ‘British mother-in-law jokes, as well as offensively *sexist in their own right, can also be seen as offensive on the grounds that they disrespect elders or parents.’

The ban has been greeted with a mixture of anger and bemusement.

Dom Joly, the comedian, broadcaster and author, described the advice as ‘completely insane’.

He said: ‘All comedy is basically about taking the **** out of someone. You either ban it all and end up living in a place like North Korea or you leave well enough alone.’

John Sessions, the writer and actor, said the ban was the brainchild of someone with a ‘sense-of-humour bypass’. He said: ‘I can almost hear the adenoidal estuary vowels of the person who dreamt up this one.’

Mother-in-law jokes have been around since Roman times. Satire VI, written by the Roman Juvenal in the first century AD, states: ‘It is impossible to be happy while one’s mother-in-law is still alive.’


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AmPat
09-28-2010, 03:02 PM
Are you paying attention America? Hate laws and such are leading us toward this: Approved gov't speech.

FlaGator
09-28-2010, 03:04 PM
Are you paying attention America? Hate laws and such are leading us toward this: Approved gov't speech.

You are tittering precariously on the verge of hate speech. ;)

ralph wiggum
09-28-2010, 03:26 PM
Are ex-wife and ex-mother-in-law jokes still allowed? :confused: :D

AmPat
09-28-2010, 09:50 PM
You are tittering precariously on the verge of hate speech. ;)

Bite me speech baiter.