In Defense of a Joke

First the Joke:

A rancher dies and leaves everything to his wife. 

She was a very good-looking woman and determined to keep the ranch, but knew very little about ranching, so she decided to place an ad in the newspaper for a ranch hand.

Two cowboys applied for the job. One was gay and the other a drunk. She thought long and hard about it, and when no one else applied she decided to hire the gay guy, figuring it would be safer to have him around the house than the drunk.

He proved to be a hard worker who put in long hours every day and knew a lot about ranching. For weeks, the two of them worked, and the ranch was doing very well.

Then one day, the rancher’s widow said to the hired hand,

“You have done a really good job, and the ranch looks great. You should go into town and kick up your heels.”

The hired hand readily agreed and went into town one Saturday night.

One o’clock came, however, and he didn’t return.

Two o’clock and no hired hand.

Finally he returned a round two-thirty, and upon entering the room, he found the rancher’s widow sitting by the fireplace with a glass of wine, waiting for him.

She quietly called him over to her..

“Unbutton my blouse and take it off,” she said.

Trembling, he did as she directed.

“Now take off my boots.”

He did as she asked, ever so slowly..

“Now take off my socks.”

He removed each gently and placed them neatly by her boots.

“Now take off my skirt.”

He slowly unbuttoned it, constantly watching her eyes in the fire light.

“Now take off my bra..”

Again, with trembling hands, he did as he was told and dropped it to the floor.

Then she looked at him and said,

“If you ever wear my clothes into town again, you’re fired.”

The Response:

“I don’t need jokes that reinforce anti gay stereotypes, confuse being gay with being transvestite,and mock transvestites, think its relevant to mention women’s appearance and in general try to get away from responsibility for poor judgment by saying its just a joke” in my morning in basket. You had my support for your good natured and helpful lists of hints. In one moment of stupidity, which you knew would offend some people and which you deliberately chose to do anyway, you lost it. Only losers excuse bad behaviour by whining “its only a joke”. You just put yourselves in that category.”

“Horrible stereotypes – Few gay men are transvestites. Many transvestites are straight.”

“Wow, I love reading your thoughts of the day however, I found this an offensive email.  I really don’t find these kind of jokes appropriate.”

In Defense of a Joke

It has come to our attention here at COMPANY I WORK FOR that the joke we sent out Friday has offended some people, since this has been brought to our attention I want to extend our sincerest and humblest;

“So what?”

Do you think that just because you are offended that you’re right?

There is this idea floating in people’s heads that because something offends them they are immediately placed on the moral high ground in which no one can knock them off, that by taking the “this is offensive” road they are now immune to scrutiny and subject to sainthood but the truth is nothing about your offended attitude is automatically correct unless you can justify it.

So justify it.

I’m happy to explain the joke if you didn’t get it; the gay cowboy is wearing the lady’s clothes into town, but the humour lies in the false understanding that we think the woman is undressing and not the man.  Why does it have to be a gay man wearing the woman’s clothes? It doesn’t, so we should have excluded someone who prefers the same sex based on what?

Would you have preferred it if it were a white straight male? Or perhaps a Black man or Hispanic man, Jewish, English, Scottish or Mexican man? Should it have been a female? Should the joke be an all female cast?

The truth is that the offence you take to the implication that a gay man would be more likely to dress in female clothing is your own prejudice being applied this fictional scenario and therefore you deem it offensive. There is nothing that requires the man to be gay therefore he had equal opportunity to be the character of this joke, if you feel that because a man is gay he should be exempt from equal humiliation at the expense of a old joke than the prejudice is yours.

Should we put my example to test;

Start of joke:
A man walks into a bar, “Ouch!”
End of joke.

Not Offensive? Good.

Start of joke:
A black man walks into a bar, “Ouch!”
End of joke.

Are you offended? Probably, but on what grounds? Because I mentioned that the man was black the second time? As so many of you have pointed out straight men often dress in women’s clothing as well, making it no more likely that the man needed to be gay.

So I ask again, what offended you? If you were offended that we offered humour for your Friday, then we deeply apologize, your life must be exciting enough without the need for us; but because we love you just the same here is a joke that’s perfectly suited to you.

“A faceless male or possible female who ethnicity, size, shape and overall figure is completely irrelevant, walks into a tavern, or pub, bar  or wherever nothing offensive or horrible was happening and walks up to the person behind the bar who could be a female or male of unknown ethnicity and orders a beverage which was possibly milk or some unoffensive drink. After the drink the person leaves but after paying for their drink of course.”

Get it?

Look the point is this; If you journey through this life easily offended by other peoples words I think it’s best for everyone if you just kill yourself.

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