Check the video below and tell me; do you think this is...
b) racist / Islamophobic
d) funny for about 10 seconds and then kinda boring
e) just stupid
f) in poor taste for making fun of a vulnerable minority
g) clever because it plays around with our expectations and stereotypes
h) or something else?
You can pick more than one.
Then answer this honestly:
Would it make any difference to your answer if I told you that the people who made this are white British non-Muslims?
Or would it make any difference to your answer if I told you that the people who made this are British Asian Muslims?
No right or wrong answers here, I'm just interested in what folks think. How much is our appreciation of humour dependent on who it's coming from? Can we just laugh instinctively, or do we need to decide if something is ideologically okay first?
For the record, the creator of the video is Muslim. You could read more and watch more at The Samosa.
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