S P Oldham
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S P Oldham
Agreed.

I can only think of one occasion when  I took a serious aversion to what was for me a totally inappropriate and unacceptable attempt at humour, when some wit made a TV 'comedy' show all about paedophilia. The show was an outright flop and died a quick, painful death.  I can't even remember what it was called...

For me, that was totally out of order, even dangerously so. If we start ridiculing the victims of child abuse we somehow normalise it, thus making it acceptable. A huge step backwards in my opinion. Mock the abusers, yes, but not the abused. Ditto any form of serious abuse in which people or animals are being damaged. I am sorry but there's just nothing funny about that.

To my point about mocking the abusers — I personally don't go out of my way to do it. This is a huge issue. But when people do  I think it is by way of venting their fear, anger and disgust. As you say, it is better than resorting to violence instead.
 
Now that you have got me thinking, there is another time I can recall when humour was mis-placed and ill judged. A visiting comedian at a club almost 30 years ago now, thought it would be funny to make light of a recent motorcycle accident in which one of the club's regulars was killed. Needless to say he was booed off the stage. He should have thanked his lucky stars that was all that happened. Unbelievable I know, but true.

So not all 'comedy' is funny, nor is it always acceptable. So I suppose I agree with you up to a point, really.