Thursday, June 11, 2009

Filthiness, Silly Talk and Coarse Jesting

Let me say up front I like to laugh. I like to hear my husband laugh....he really knows HOW to laugh with joy! And the neighbors know it! Awhile back we had a family birthday celebration on our deck. Friends who live two blocks away told us later they knew we were having a party... they could hear my husband's laugh throughout the afternoon. Two blocks away!

Laughter is good. And good comedy is good. I like comedy.

But there comes a point when comedy and laughter can turn mean.

The news channels reported the jokes David Letterman made this past week in regards to Sarah Palin and her 14-year-old daughter.

And I have to say wasn't funny, Mr. Letterman. It was mean, snide, nasty and ugly.

That's not comedy.

I don't care if the comments were in reference to Palin and daughter, or Michelle Obama and daughter, or Hilary Clinton and daughter, or Laura Bush and daughter. They were ugly comments. Ugly and coarse.

I'm not a follower of Letterman so I have no idea whether or not he professes to be a Christian. But on the off chance that he is, I suggest he read Ephesians 5:1-5 and particularly, Eph. 5:4 where Paul admonishes believers that ..."and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting..."

Unfortunately, it appears Letterman prefers the old adage, "Anything for a laugh."

But in this case it is ugly laughter.


Laurie M. said...

I used to have a rip-roaring sense of humor. I could probably have put together a stand-up routine, if I'd had the confidence, and taken it on the road. I still do have a sense of humor, but it's become soooo tempered since I became a Christian. It's not because I don't find things funny any more, it's just that so much of what I considered humorous was just plain vicious and cruel. So much of what is considered humor is just ripping others to shreds. And, to be perfectly honest, there's nothing cheaper or easier to do. We humans are frail things, encumbered with sin and weakness. There's no less challenging sport than finding fault and poking fun. It's like shooting fish in a barrel. It's unsportsmanlike. It's also cowardly and hypocritical. By attacking others, we can turn the spotlight away from our own weakness. Comedians, in my book, can be some of the most frightening people on earth. They are armed to the teeth with cutting weapons and you never know who they will turn on next.

(hope you don't mind, my $.02 turned to $.04)

cinnamongirl93 said...

I'm not a fan of Letterman. I think he is forcing his political view's via his show.
It's great that your hubby is full of joy and laughs loud. People like that are contagious.

Cornfield Quilter said...

I saw Letterman's comments on TV the other day, and I was shocked, and have had enough of it. I was brought up that if you don't have something nice to say about someone then keep you mouth shut. I can't imagine what this world will be like in another 20 years! BTW, thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I am addicted to baskets!!

Roxanne said...

Thank you for speaking out and addressing this because it unfortunately has become a way of humor for many. It is especially sad when so many are listening and laughing at other's expense.

Thank you also for the wonderful suggestion on my blog about tying the scarves with a scrunchie. I can't believe I have been 6 months trying to tie them and I tried a scrunchie today and it was tied in about 15 seconds. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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