There is no denying some of the articles on ROK are mean spirited, or at least insensitive. I’m talking about Fat Shaming Week, 6 Reasons Why You Should Not Rape a Girl, and 5 Reasons To Date A Girl With An Eating Disorder. But if you read them and laugh, some people say you are automatically a bad person.
Because you’re laughing at something that is actually very serious.
However, the type of people who attacks ROK for mean humor is also the same type of people who seems to love Monty Python. Of course, it might not be the same people, but it doesn’t matter. I don’t see many people criticize anyone for liking Monty Python.
This Monty Python:
“Sorry, but the death of my pets still haunts me and I find this horrible and anti-animal. “
“Fuck you, death and amputation are very serious. How dare you laugh, my grandfather lost his arm protecting his country from intruders, too.”
Or how about the movie series that almost everyone loves – Evil Dead? If you haven’t forgotten, a woman gets raped by a tree in that movie (well, the first one anyway).
People get killed and mutilated. Since when is loss of life funny?
Well, since always. Anything can be funny if presented funny, but not to everyone and not at all times. And in different cultures and times, some things are acceptable to laugh at, while other stuff is off-limits. And then, some people decide it’s ok to laugh at some bad stuff, but not other bad stuff, and consider themselves saintly for following that rule, and consider you evil for not doing the same.
Unless someone swears to never laugh at anything bad, ever, they are not living up to their own morality. And taking everything so seriously makes us humorless and depressed, and not fun to be around. Therefore, holding onto such a moral is a very weak, self-handicapping principle in the first place.
Moral crusaders might say :“ROK authors are mean-spirited assholes with crooked morals. Monty Python are good-natured guys, and it makes all the difference”. Yes, ROK has a lot more negativity to it than Monty Python. However, it doesn’t change anything. You don’t have to agree with ROK’s negativity or their opinions to laugh at their jokes. I can, for example, laugh at jokes of a hardcore leftist just as much, if they are funny to me.
However, it’s unlikely that feminist or leftist jokes would be funny to me. This is not a hypocrisy. It is a preference. Some jokes would not be funny to me because they feel repellent to me, and some are not funny because they are based on assumptions I don’t accept. I won’t laugh at them, but I won’t try to use LOGIC to prove why “it’s not funny” or call for the heads of those who made the jokes.
And therefore I conclude that you can laugh at rape, murder, eating disorders, dead pets and anything else you find funny without turning evil.
Of course, there is such a thing as tact, appropriate place/time to make a joke, and inappropriate place/time. But that’s a whole another topic.