Making a joke these days is an increasingly risky thing to do. Even if you have an edgy sense of humor but mean no harm, certain people continue to be easier to offend than ever before. Nobody is easier to offend than the modern social justice warrior (SJW). They’re like magical “progressive” elves who come out of nowhere to harass anyone with a personality who says anything that may be mildly edgy.
If you spend enough time on the internet, you’ll encounter one eventually. They usually populate the pages of Tumblr and Huffington Post, but occasionally reach the relative daylight of Facebook or Reddit, but quickly scurry back into their cavernous corner of the web at the sight of a contrary opinion. They’re the unfortunate result of a couple of decades worth of children raised to think that everyone is special.
To these people, comedy as normal people know it, is all offensive if it makes fun of any person or group. Of course, most of the best comedy is aimed at people, but for these cretins, that is no longer acceptable because feelings are apparently important. Racism, misogyny, cultural appropriation, and a slew of phobias are the battle cries for SJW types and one of their favorite targets for buzz-kill action is the world of comedic films.
Don’t get us wrong, there are some movies out there that are all-time classics, but contain subject matter that is definitely wrong today. One example is Revenge of the Nerds, in which the “nerds” install cameras in a sorority to get back at a rival fraternity, and of course a scene in which a young woman has intercourse with one of them, thinking it is her boyfriend. This is indeed some serious sexual misconduct and would get these dudes tossed in jail for a long time. But back to our original point, if it ever made you laugh, it probably offends SJWs in 2017. Here are sixteen great comedy films, both recent and far in the past, that offend social justice warriors.
16. Sausage Party
The most recent of the films on this list, Sausage Party is an instant classic, and one of the funniest movies of 2016. Written by Seth Rogen, and featuring a voice cast of brilliant and funny people (all races and both genders too), the movie’s plot revolves around various food items as they try to escape being eaten.
Of course, there are various ethnic groups represented by the foods, including a Native American bottle of alcohol, a Hispanic taco, a Jewish bagel, and the list of edgy characters goes on. Of course, making fun “of everybody” is no excuse for insensitive humor, and so this movies was widely panned by people who wanted to have their feelings hurt. Of course, most people who can take and dish out jokes loved the film and it made over $140 million at the box office.
15. Billy Madison
Not many in the field of comedy have achieved the level of stardom Adam Sandler has. The guy is an absolute, but we have to admit his work has gone downhill since his gems from back in the 1990’s. Recently, his 2015 flick The Ridiculous Six was heavily criticized for offensive depictions and jokes made at the expense of Native Americans. Having seen the movie, if anyone was offended by anything, we should all be offended by Netflix publishing such a bad movie.
But looking back to one of his true classics, Billy Madison‘s trip back to elementary and high school was one of the funniest movies of its time. Of course, the SJW crowd noticed that he had a black nanny in that movie and that she was also fat, sassy and spoke back to her employer and even made sexual passes at Billy. The character is now seen by many as insensitive and racist, but Juanita was a great character and one of the reasons so many people fell in love with this movie.
14. Austin Powers Series
Mike Meyers found comedy gold when he made the three Austin Powers spy movies. Parodying James Bond, these films are beyond funny and have featured some of the greatest characters we’ve seen on the big screen. Obviously the titular Austin, with his exaggerated 1960’s apparel and terrible seduction attempts, Dr. Evil with his absurd plans to cause mayhem, and of course, Fat Bastard.
A massive Scot, Fat Bastard weighs over one metric tonne and is a comically inept henchman. Of course, because he’s so fat, the movie is obviously taking a jab at hefty people overall, right?
No, this isn’t an example of fat shaming, and on a side note, some people need to be fat shamed. While this “health at any weight” nonsense has some truth (yeah, some people who are slightly overweight aren’t going to die tomorrow of a heart attack), those who eat nothing but junk food, never exercise and look like the Michelin Man, need to be told that they are killing themselves.
13. Tropic Thunder
We’ll admit that like a few movies on this list, there is some debate over whether Tropic Thunder can really be considered a classic comedy. It is childish, ludicrous and downright stupid, but features a great cast and many laugh-out-loud moments. One of the things people like to complain about is that Robert Downey Jr. plays a black man, and as such, wears makeup to darken his skin complexion. Despite accusations of racism for his role in this film, we don’t recall seeing any of the sort when White Chicks came out featuring two African-American actors playing white women.
The word “retard” is also used extensively throughout the film, and this word has fallen into disrepute when used for people with mental disabilities. At the same time however, this is a military themed comedy and many (not all) people in the military use foul language. This is an easy movie to get offended by if you’re looking to be offended.
12. Me, Myself and Irene
While Me, Myself and Irene is nowhere close to being Jim Carrey‘s best work, it did offer up some great laughs and an interesting premise. Carrey’s character suffers a slight mental breakdown and develops a second personality. Limited but memorable hilarity ensued.
Of course, people at the time and to this day cite this film as one that pokes fun at mental health issues. To clear something up, all comedy pokes fun at something, and for many comedians (rightfully so) nothing is off limits. Many topics of comedians include the tragedies and misfortunes of life; as they see making light of situations allows people to learn to deal with them. It is one of the main reasons that comedy exists. Furthermore, this movie is pretty tame compared to much of Jim Carrey’s work; and while it portrays one man with a mental health issue in a funny manner, there is virtually nothing truly offensive about this movie.
If you got offended by Sacha Baron Cohen‘s 2006 flick Borat, you played right into his hand. To be fair to the perpetually confused and frightened SJWs of today, there were people who threw a hissy-fit when the movie came out over ten years ago. The absurdity of the character and his mission, along with his interactions with people who had no idea what was going on, was enough to make this movie painfully funny to watch.
Of course, Baron Cohen’s character was an intentionally offensive journalist, meant to mock everything, and plenty of people got offended and still do talk about this flick and how offensive it is. The negative press is a large part about what made this movie, and Sacha Baron Cohen’s other movies as big as they became.
10. Stir Crazy
These days one of the funniest duos out there is Seth Rogen and James Franco. Of course, looking back to the early 2000’s and 1990’s, names like Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, along with David Spade and Chris Farley would be brought up. Possibly the most underrated (although some people you talk to may think they’re the best) in all of film was Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor.
In 1980, these guys played Skip and Harry, two men framed for a bank robbery serving lengthy prison sentences in Stir Crazy. It was directed by Sidney Poitier.
The film has been called racist (sure there was some edgy, race-based humor) but primarily Stir Crazy has been called homophobic for Georg Stanford Brown’s character Rory Schultebrand, a gay inmate serving time for murdering his father. SJWs like to look back at movies like this and throw out words like homophobic and “blaxploitation” but if you’re looking for a few good laughs and an entertaining story with awesome performances, look no further.
Like a few (possibly most) of the movies on this list, those who think 1982’s Tootsie is a homophobic, misogynistic piece of work have completely missed the point. Starring Dustin Hoffman, with solid performances by Bill Murray and Jessica Lange, this flick revolves around a talented but frustratingly particular actor: Michael Dorsey (Hoffman). Dorsey, after some difficult time finding work due to his hard-headed and infuriating attitude, dresses like a woman in order to get a part.
We won’t ruin too much of the actual plot, but on the surface there is some gender based humor along with some gay and cross-dressing jokes made; all edgy but intended to satirize the long-standing attitudes toward these issues.
8. American Pie
This series has gone downhill but the original (arguably the first two) was amazing, and brought new life to the genre of teen, coming-of-age comedies. The film centers around four friends who pledge to lose their virginity before their final year of high school comes to a close. From the scene with the warm apple pie to the term MILF, which was popularized by the movie, it is a memorable one.
The problem, for some people on the internet, is that the women in the film are there for their sex appeal and can barely even be called characters. This is true, some of the main women in the film are Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari and Alyson Hannigan, and none of them had characters who were notable for being anything other than being eye candy.
On the other side of the coin however, the males in the movie are not portrayed positively either. Some of them are brutally awkward and others just never talk about anything other than wanting to do the deed. Sure there was some variation, but American Pie was never meant to be wholesome or positive. It was a raunchy, dirty, low-brow good time, and if social justice warriors want to dump on the movie, it doesn’t matter at all.
7. Police Academy
The original Police Academy is offensive for a few reasons and this is exactly why it is so beloved. It’s all about a police department that is forced to accept all willing applicants and the shenanigans that would ensue. For the “normies” (people with functioning senses of humor) this slapstick laugh riot is a hilarious mess. There were a few racist quotes, but they are generally uttered by bad guys. The women are portrayed as sex objects or comically useless and of course, there is a scene in which two characters are tricked into spending the evening in a gay bar that is hilarious, but offensive if you’re looking for something to complain about.
6. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Of course the sequel is rarely as good as the original, and this is a great example of that generalization. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls tells the tale of Jim Carrey‘s Ace traveling to a fictitious African nation to retrieve a sacred bat so that a local tribe does not get wiped out. The problem, for some SJW types, is that the local Africans are portrayed as savage and uncivilized.
Of course, if you take the movie at face value, it’s a somewhat clever flick with some memorable scenes, good laughs (including Jim Carrey getting birthed by a robotic rhinoceros) and an easily digestible, silly plot. The inclusion of a pair of African tribes wasn’t meant as a slight at any group, but of course, rather than just letting funny be funny, political correctness has tainted this movie in the eyes of many viewers.
5. Sixteen Candles
We should make a disclaimer here, there may be a legitimate reason to be offended by the content of Sixteen Candles, but it is likely not the reason you’re thinking of. If you’re repulsed by Geddy Watanabe’s character, Long Duk Dong, it may be time to have more fun on weekends and realize that the stereotypes used for that character are about humor, not hate. Watanabe himself has commented in the past that he liked doing characters like that and it made people laugh. He never understood why people had such a hard time with it.
On the other hand, the movie does include some jokes about date r*pe and one character probably carries out such an act. If there is a reason to dislike this movie, it may well be that topic. But then again, the movie was made in the 1980’s and that wasn’t a big deal back then. These days, that wouldn’t happen.
4. Coming to America
Remember the good ol’ days when Eddie Murphy was the funniest man on the planet, before he started doing all those kids movies? Remember his comedy routines; particularly Delirious and Raw? How about laughing yourself halfway out of your seat seeing him impersonate his drunken father at a cookout? What about his impression of two 50’s era sitcom characters if they were gay? We remember. That stuff is all offensive today by the way, if you ask an SJW. So is Murphy’s wacky 1988 film Coming to America.
His character Akeem, an African prince, decides to visit the United States to find a bride after spending much of his life living in luxury and never having to do anything for himself. His final straw is his arranged marriage to a woman who has been brainwashed to be his slave. His purpose in coming to the States is to find an intelligent, independent woman. If you ask an SJW, this film is deeply offensive to Africans. You can’t joke about anything with some people.
3. Mrs. Doubtfire
In stark contrast to many of the films we’ve seen on this list, Mrs. Doubtfire, which starred legend Robin Williams, wasn’t intended to be that edgy at all. It’s a great feel-good comedy about a divorced dad who dresses up like a sweet old lady so that he can spend more time with his kids.
Of course, this movie was branded as misogynistic and anti-feminist because of a couple of scenes. When his kids finally find out that their sitter is actually a man, they flip out. This is considered a transphobic scene, but most kids, if they found out that someone they had come to trust was in a costume, would probably have an adverse reaction.
2. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
We already dealt with the fact that the sequel to this movie has had some bad press over its portrayal of Africa, but not many films are as fondly remembered as the original Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Of course, while many of us recall this classic for Jim Carrey’s catchphrases, wacky appearance and hilarious mannerisms, there is one scene that has had oversensitive people throwing a collective hissy-fit for ages. When Ace figures out that Lois Einhorn (a cop with whom he fools around in the movie) is actually a disgraced Miami Dolphins kicker who has had a sex change procedure, he has a total meltdown: crying, brushing his teeth like his life depends on it, burning his clothes and then getting into a scalding-hot shower.
Of course, this film would never have been made today, because being transgender has now become mainstream and making fun of such people is frowned upon. Back in the early and mid 1990’s however, this was not the case and said group was still up for ridicule.
1. Blazing Saddles
It’s a tragedy that this iconic, incredible, brilliant comedic work is anywhere near this list, but it is considered offensive by some in the SJW crowd these days. The 1974 masterpiece, featuring a cast of some of the greatest comedic minds in memory, including Gene Wilder, Mel Brooks, and Dom DeLuise, was pure magic and told the story of a black sheriff in a fictional town in the American West in the post-Civil War era.
Blazing Saddles is one of the greatest satirical films of all time, but a few instances of the dreaded N-bomb and some sharp humor have made this gem a problem for some people. They will call this movie racist for several of the edgier lines in the film, but obviously fail to realize that one of the major purposes of the film was to mock racism in the United States.