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Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Is It Ever Not "Too Soon" for 9/11 Jokes?

The Observer examines why some 9/11 jokes rally an audience and others produce total silence. And speaking of controversial humor, did you know that Roseanne Barr once posed for the magazine Heeb while "wearing a Hitler moustache and a swastika and preparing to take a bite of what the caption referred to as 'burnt Jew cookies'"? What?

  • http://twitter.com/joshung Joshua Ungerleider

    I think some jokes are "too soon" and some are just in bad taste. Early on, its hard to tell the difference. The difference is, ten years later the "too soon" joke can be funny, while the "bad taste" joke still won't be.

    • ratchet

      @Joshua Ungerleider "Too soon" jokes tend to be the ones that people try not to laugh at and fail horribly, which probably why ten years later they're still funny.