Be mindful about dark humor

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Be mindful about dark humor

Mackenzie Atkinson

Mackenzie Atkinson

Mackenzie Atkinson

Mackenzie Atkinson

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There is a fine line when it comes to dark humor. Some people might be OK with it while others may not.

When I say dark humor, I mean jokes about tragic events or subjects that hit close to home.

Most of these dark jokes come in the form of memes that get passed around a tight group of friends.

It seems like people don’t realize that the jokes they make could be harmful to others.

That doesn’t mean it’s completely wrong to make dark jokes, it’s just a matter of when and where.

If you are with your best friends and you know that none of those jokes apply to them or that they won’t be hurt by them, dark humor is acceptable.

If you are out in public with people you are not very comfortable with, then it could be insensitive.

Others would argue that it doesn’t matter if someone gets offended by the joke; it doesn’t affect them, it’s just a joke.

But out of respect for other people, some jokes should be kept quiet.

For instance, you wouldn’t make a 9/11 joke to someone who lost a friend or family member in the attack.

The same rule applies to cancer jokes.

For example, senior Josh Truax’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer over a year ago.

Deep down it hurts me, but I realized they don’t really understand the struggle. Even if it’s your family member, it still affects your life”

— Josh Truax, senior

Students and adults joke about cancer around him.

“Deep down it hurts me, but I realized they don’t really understand the struggle,” Truax said. “Even if it’s your family member, it still affects your life.”

The saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” doesn’t always apply when it comes to topics that strike a person’s raw emotions.

People should be aware of how their humor affects others.

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