Discourse / Letters / October 11, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Response to “Is comedy desensitized to bigotry?”

In response to Joey’s question “Where do you draw that line?”, there is no line, not until you create one, and by creating one, you create an issue which has power and weight and the potential to hurt. Our sketch group has included more diversity than you have ascertained in your month and a half with us; we have had multiple women in our group, when we started sketch comedy we had four women in the troupe, we’ve had homosexuals, African Americans, an Indian American, multiple people with mental and physical disabilities, currently we have three Hispanic members, one with Autism, victims of abuse, depression, and addiction; you’ve made assumptions that we lack diversity and had the audacity to criticize us for that publicly. We Eat Monsters is a sketch and improv comedy troupe which accepts ALL forms of diversity happily and mocks the concepts of bigotry, racism, sexism, and prejudice with comedy. We’ve chosen to be loud and outspoken about our beliefs and have chosen comedy as an avenue to mock those who disagree with us. We take the weight and power from the words and concepts which YOU add power to. We would rather say how ridiculous we think something is aloud than to sit quietly through multiple shows and hide behind a keyboard making assumptions and accusations about a group of people, I challenge you Joey, next time you feel that something is offensive or not right, speak up for it instead of sitting quietly in an audience.

 

I thank you for taking the time to read my response and would like to personally invite everyone to our next comedy show.

We Eat Monsters

Oct. 20

The Club Room at Northgate Lanes in Galesburg

7 p.m.

See you there!

Jonny Rey

 

Response edited for length.

 

TKS Staff

Tags:  bigotry Galesburg racism

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