Everyone's A Little Bit Racist, OK?

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Avenue Q is an adult puppet musical. Not everyone’s cup of tea I’m sure, but if you stumble across some of the music you’ll soon realise that it hits onto some pretty controversial topics. Some of its most popular songs include, ‘If You Were Gay’‘The Internet Is For Porn’ and ‘Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist’. It is a masterpiece of a musical, which outgrows The Muppets in the same way The Muppets grows up from Sesame Street. With the same ridiculous voices used for the characters, it is clear to see that the message is to highlight the fact that all those rose-tinted views about life we are taught as children are far from the truth of adulthood.

But there’s something uplifting about the musical, with its bluntness about reality illustrating its brilliance rather than its terrors. Instead of hiding from the truth and living in a politically correct fantasy we should just accept who we are. It could lead to a more harmonious world.Here are some of the lyrics from ‘Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist’

Everyone's a little bit racist
Sometimes.
Doesn't mean we go 
Around committing hate crimes.
Look around and you will find
No one's really colour blind.
Maybe it's a fact
We all should face
Everyone makes judgments
Based on race.

Everyone's a little bit racist
Today.
So, everyone's a little bit racist
Okay!
Ethnic jokes might be uncouth,
But you laugh because
They're based on truth.
Don't take them as 
Personal attacks.
Everyone enjoys them - 
So relax!

They hit the nail right on the head. The funniest comedians use stereotypes and prejudices, because we relate to them and therefore find them funny. It doesn’t mean that there is any hatred towards other races or individuals either, simply that we understand and accept that there are differences between different races.           

@Sickipediabot is a twitter account which constantly posts sick jokes and it has over half a million followers. What this tells me is that people find these jokes funny, even if they hate to admit it. Some of these sorts of toe-curling jokes make you take a sharp intake of breath through your teeth, but then exhale with a dirty chuckle that you can’t suppress. Here’s a little taste, because I know your curiosity is craving them.

‘Apparently Jehovah’s witnesses don’t celebrate Halloween. Yeah, must be a pain in the arse having random strangers turn up at your door.’

‘“In my defence,” I said in the police interview, “you could say they were just white collar crimes.” “You killed seven f*****g priests!”’

‘I caught my Muslim friend shagging a sheep the other day. He said it was Islam and he could do what he wants.’

‘It’s Political Correctness gone mad. Oh hold on, that’s not very PC, is it? It’s Political Correctness undergoing psychiatric therapy.’

Go on, have a little chuckle to yourself, no one will mind. And if you hear a little innocent joke aimed at your race, don’t be such a baby and try to laugh along too. Everyone’s a little bit racist, so just get used to it.

Frances Clarke

I love to write about stuff that I think is important for people to hear.

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