What I said, again.

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 10 21:15:41 UTC 2010

How about, "I'm white. [Pause.] My husband doesn't think so" ?

Funny? Racist? Surreal?   I don't pretend to have all the answers.


On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 3:29 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Spoken by an aspiring comedienne on Comedy Central:
> "I'm white. [almost-imperceptible pause]. My husband is Jewish."
> It got a decent laugh.
> Of course, "I'm white. My [significant other] is [in some sense,
> NOT-white]" lends itself to pre-interpretation on any number of
> levels, here in "post-racial" America. Indeed, even if the speaker in
> this instance had said only,
> "I'm white. [almost-imperceptible pause] My husband is white."
> it's very likely that the audience would have laughed just as hard,
> since, having primed itself to hear some form of [NOT-white], the
> audience would still have been caught with its prejudices hanging out.
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