Lol – fat people jokes. There’s an intrinsic and unbreakable link between fat and funny, and you’ll be pleased to know that it goes beyond the fact that both words begin with an F. We’ve been discussing comedy and weight over on the MAN v FAT forum and Facebook page. The depressing conclusion is that overweight men are extremely likely to be on the receiving end of fat people jokes, perhaps because male culture is so much more likely to revert to gags than female culture – laughing and being rude is often just how we handle things.
There’s no doubting that some of the fat people jokes are funny, but whether you’re laughing or not is likely to depend on your relationship to the joke and the joker. It also seems especially edgy because weight is such a sensitive issue and can stem from some fairly complex and deep-seated psychological issues. We wanted to see how far some men have pushed the fat joke so we took a trip to Sickipedia which boasts over 10,000 user-submitted obesity-related jokes, giving obesity the honour of being one of the most populous categories.
It’s certainly an interesting read – I’d be interested in your thoughts on this one, is this a touchy subject for humour? Did any of them make you laugh? If you’re joking does it make any topic up for grabs? Let us know in the comments.
Warning if you are easily offended by weight-related, sexist and sometimes just bad humour then don’t read on…
In at number 10 with a bullet:
And the number 1 MOST OFFENSIVE FAT JOKE IS….*drum roll*
What do you think? Are you lolling? Should fat people jokes be a topic for humour or is it strictly off limits?