Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Racism, Sexism... Blondism?

So, today in English, we were discussing prejudices against other races, other ways of thinking, and the way other people look. Ms. H. believes that it isn't right for anyone to joke about anything that relates to people being different. I agree with her... to a degree. I believe context has a lot to do with it too. Ms. H. was including blonde jokes as well. If a niece or nephew of hers says something that may be inappropriate in another situation (like the "black" jokes in "Guess Who", starring Ashton Kutcher).
Although I agree with Ms. H. I also disagree in a way. As most of you know, I am a blonde. I have never dyed my hair and I laugh at all blonde jokes. I think they're funny and people say I tell them better than any brunette would.
So you see, there is a happy-medium where these puns, comments, and jokes mesh, blending the appropriate with the inappropriate right in the middle. On the one hand, I think it is horrible to call someone a generalized nickname, reserved for people of the same-pigmented skin. On the other, I love hearing new blonde jokes. There is a time and a place for everything and I certainly hope that you have the intelligence to tell the difference about when these things are okay and when they're not.


cheesemeister said...

Hi Kid,
I found your blog when I was reading the Doob LaVey blog, which is pretty crazy stuff! I know how you feel about the "blond joke" thing. I'm not a natural blond, but being a natural dishwater-head, I've been dyeing my hair blond since I was 16 years old because it suited my skin tones--and my personality, methinks!
I have a blond joke that you might enjoy.
An Irishman, a Mexican and a blond guy are working construction on a skyscraper. They stop for lunch. When the Irishman opens his lunchbox, he says:
"Begorrah! Corned beef again! If I have to eat corned beef one more day, I'm going to jump to my death!"
The Mexican opens his lunchbox and says:
"Ay Carramba! Burritos again! If I have to eat burritos one more day, I'm going to jump to my death!"
The blond guy opens his lunchbox and says:
"Baloney sandwich again! If I have to eat baloney one more day, I'm jumping to my death!"
The next day at lunch, the Irishman opens his lunchbox and finds corned beef, so he jumps from the skyscraper and dies.
The Mexican opens his lunchbox and finding a burrito, jumps to his death.
The blond guy, upon finding a baloney sandwich, also jumps to his death.
The funerals for the three men are held on the same day. The Irishman's wife sobs, "Oh, why didn't he tell me he was so sick of corned beef? I'd have given him something else!"
The Mexican's wife weeps "Oh, if only I knew how much he hated burritos, I could have given him tacos or enchiladas!"
The blond guy's wife says:
"Well, don't look at me! He packed his own lunch!"

Smile--it makes everyone wonder what you've been up to!