Doesn’t leave much

A university society has provoked ridicule by asking comedians to sign a “safe space” contract, forbidding them from making jokes about class, race or sexuality.

Unicef on Campus at Soas, University of London, tried to book five comics to appear at an unpaid charity gig in January, but the invitation came with a “behavioural agreement form”.

It decreed that the comedy night would be a “safe space” and all topics discussed by performers must be “presented in a way that is respectful and kind”.

Seriously, in England, no jokes about class? And at SOAS fer the Lord’s sake? The entire curriculum is an extended whine about class and how those white bourgeoisie have been oppressing the masses.

41 comments on “Doesn’t leave much

  1. all topics discussed by performers

    This phrase alone perfectly describes the attitude of the modern Left towards comedy.

    Anyway, a Unicef gig at SOAS – it was never going be a Bernard Manning tribute night, was it? Is this the most woke event in history?

  2. Obviously the ultimate in “Alternative Comedy”
    Many people have tried. Marcus Bridgestock. Jeremy Hardy. Jo Brand. But now, at last…success! No laughs whatsoever.

  3. Marcus Brigstock has definitely achieved that, BiS.

    Also Mark Thomas with his “Comedy Product”, many years ago. Flinty eyed hatred of Tories while reading out tractor stats.

  4. Wasn’t SOAS where mastermind Lammy went? (Obviously that was before his one year at Harvard Law that he mentions all the time instead)

  5. SOAS lol. In the US I’m told that the word ‘Oriental’ is considered racist. Looking forward to that one catching on in the UK.

  6. Ahh, Brigstocke, known as “Rupture Face” at school, due to the consequences of an involuntary smile at the age of 11.

  7. Rob

    I was going to say the other Mark – Mark Steel – I think I genuinely laughed more through the documentaries ‘The Act of killing’ or ‘The Killing Fields’ than through an hour of Stalinist tedium masquerading as humour….

  8. VP – The best thing you can say about Mark Steel is that he isn’t Mark Thomas.

    Member Mark Thomas? Used to have a “comedy” show on Channel 4.

    Even when I was a lot more #woke than I am now (funny how you get more right-wing with age), he always struck me as a wrong un.

    All of his humour was caustic and derisive, and you could tell by the cold glint in his eyes that he wasn’t actually amused by the words he was saying. He’d have made a perfect O’Brien.

  9. DJ – In the US I’m told that the word ‘Oriental’ is considered racist.

    Is “Chinky” still ok, or only when you’re talking about food? I reckon if David Bowie could do that “Chinese, Japanese, Look at these…’ thing on the video to CHINA GIRL, it’s probably ok. But you never know.

  10. @Rob

    It was the staple of BBC comedy throughout Cameron’s time as PM…

    “that Cameron, he’s a toff” giggle giggle.

  11. Bravefart,

    The difference is that, at the Glasgow Empire, you bombed if you weren’t funny, at the SOAS, you’ll bomb if you are.

  12. “forbidding them from making jokes about class, race or sexuality.” So back to jokes about farting, ugly people, and Liverpudlians.

  13. Steve, in a professional context, when with my office colleagues, only ‘slope’ or ‘gook’ is acceptable. ‘Chinky’ is ok between friends.

  14. Wouldn’t it have been easier and more in keeping with the current year to employ thuggish overseers in every aisle who could spot anyone laughing and immediately drag them out of the hall by their hair, macing them as they go? All in the name of tolerance, empathy and understanding?

  15. The great Jeremy Clarkson ‘slope’ scandal – 99.9% of the people offended by that didn’t even know what the word meant. They had no fucking idea. They still fell to their knees, screaming and rending their clothes though.

  16. Something I’ve noticed since being active on Twitter is that a story will do the rounds for 2-3 days, be retweeted and commented on by the tens of thousand, and early the next week a major newspaper will report the original story as news.

  17. Our principal paper of record reveals:

    ‘By signing this contract, you are agreeing to our no-tolerance policy with regards to racism, sexism, classism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia or anti-religion or anti-atheism.’

    See, fart jokes are OK.

  18. Something I’ve noticed since being active on Twitter is that a story will do the rounds for 2-3 days, be retweeted and commented on by the tens of thousand, and early the next week a major newspaper will report the original story as news.

    The BBC also does this. You will see many articles which are simply people on Twitter reacting to something, often not even well-known people. The criteria for inclusion are that you express a woke opinion on a topic of interest to the BBC. Then, briefly, you become known throughout the world before you disappear into obscurity again.

  19. Steve

    I do take your point in that Thomas is as funny as having your testicles boiled in goose fat but the difference is marginal – sadly my guess is NOT to laugh at him or the ‘approved’ comedians rolled out by the likes of SOAS may be an imprisonable offence under the pending regime. Dark Times for all of us, and as you have rightly said there seems nowhere to escape to.

  20. Dongguan John

    I take it references to slant-eyes, dog and cat eaters, “flat chested no-tits bar-girls” and “you love me long time” are out of bounds?

  21. By signing this contract, you are agreeing to our no-tolerance policy with regards to racism, sexism, classism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia or anti-religion or anti-atheism.

    That still leaves room for a half hour rant about the failings of narrow-minded puritanical cunts.

  22. I saw Mark Thomas back in Uni (around ’92) and his routine about the Iraq War was really funny.

    His problem is now he’s angry and he hates with a furious passion – just like most rabid lefties. Its just not funny.

    I think you can only be funny when you have some empathy with your target, hence why the US late night shows are now as funny as a dose of the shits.

  23. “1. Fuck the Tories, eh?!”

    Nope – that’s making fun of some weird sexual deviancy so that’s verboten too. 🙂

  24. Get Rodney Dangerfield on there. The jokes will come so fast he’ll get at least ten minutes in before one of the Diversity Hamsters wriggles it’s nose in disgust after finally working the first one out.

  25. Even the Today presenters couldn’t hid their mirth when they covered this story. Hopefully a sign that we’re close to peak woke.

  26. Flubber, the only comedians who could deliver comedic political diatribe are sadly no longer with us – Bill Hicks and George Carlin.

    SOAS have completely missed the point that comedy is all about poking fun at sacred cows (apols to the Hindus just in case).

  27. @Rob, December 12, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Rodney Dangerfield would be a great choice, he won’t say anything unless the SOAS witches can raise him.

  28. BF,

    I take it references to slant-eyes, dog and cat eaters, “flat chested no-tits bar-girls” and “you love me long time” are out of bounds?

    Yes. except when talking about my wife.

  29. What is wrong with a university having rules to stop racism, sexism, bullying, homophobia?
    Hate speech should be banned.
    There must be a balance between freedom of speech, and stopping bigotry, bullying, incitement to violence and hate speech.
    You have to stop extremist bigots from spreading their evil ideas.
    There need to be laws to protect people from harassment, and bullying.

    By the way I am not the boring journalist at the North Wales Daily Post. I am a different one.

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