From a longtime reader:
I deeply regret ephblog becoming such a PC knitting circle.
1) Hard to take that complaint seriously when, just last month, I published: Better (or, at least, browner) Umpires.
2) Want some un-PC goodness today? Consider:
History says Maz Jobrani is descended from Caucasians. Some Americans think he’s a dangerous Arab. Jobrani, however, prefers to call himself “Brown and Friendly.”
That’s the title of a new comedy special from this Iranian-born comedian who was raised in the United States and now travels the world running roughshod over ethnic stereotypes.
Jobrani starts his show laughing at his fellow Persians, then widens his scope to the whole Middle East. His Indian wife gets no mercy. Before the end of the show, Mexicans, white Americans, Japanese, the Swiss and more get lampooned, in a variety of perfect accents.
American culture has long dealt with shifting boundaries through jokes, said John Limon, an English professor at Williams College and author of “Stand-Up Comedy in Theory, Or, Abjection in America.”
In the 1960s and 1970s, as standup became a cultural force, it challenged the notion that American identity was white and Christian, Limon said, citing the early prevalence of Jewish comedians, followed by giants such as Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor.
“With Maz Jobrani, it’s clear there aren’t just two things,” he said. “It’s not just am I going to get counted as a white American. It’s what does it mean when I’m having dinner with a Jewish person or if I marry an Indian person.”
“It’s not a question of does this outsider play an interesting and funny game at the border of inside and outside,” Limon said. “It’s that you can’t tell what’s inside or outside.”
Hmmm. One group is prominently (?) absent from the list of mocked groups. Can you guess which one? Is it absent because Jobrani does not tell those sorts of jokes or because the reporter failed (purposely?) to mention that he did? Or are such jokes included in the act and I am a hypersensitive Tea Partier for assuming that they would not be?