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Author Topic: Your Test Came Back Positive, Charlie Brown  (Read 7262 times)

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Offline koderkev

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Your Test Came Back Positive, Charlie Brown
« on: December 06, 2009, 02:33:53 pm »
Saturday Night Live ran a really tasteless bit on the Weekend Update last night. At the end of the "news" story (I forgot what it was, I got so upset at the ending, I think it was about World AIDS Day) they had a picture of Charlie Brown listening at the phone with the headline, "Your Test Came Back Positive, Charlie Brown."

I know SNL pushes the boundaries, and I'm understanding of the sort of black humor that some PLWA's develop. I've got a thick skin and this really pissed me off. 30 years later, HIV is now a joke? How is that possible? I realize I'm "making a big deal" out of a comedy bit, but I think something should be said to SNL through "official channels" (i.e. - the leaders of AIDS/HIV organizations).

I watched too many of my friends die (and 1 husband) over the years to have this crap put on TV in America. HIV/AIDS stigma is bad enough here in the midwest, we don't need any help making the hicks any more prejudiced.

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Offline mecch

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Re: Your Test Came Back Positive, Charlie Brown
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2009, 04:27:37 pm »
The joke got some laughs and then some groans.
It wasn't necessarily in bad taste, its just how you interpret it.
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Re: Your Test Came Back Positive, Charlie Brown
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2009, 04:52:53 pm »
30 years later, HIV is now a joke?
you need to watch more TV ;)

Shows like Family Guy (2005 "The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire" and 2006 "Brian Sings and Swings") and Southpark (2008 "Tonsil Trouble" and 2002 "Jared Has Aides") and movies like 2004 "Team America: World Police" have been joking about AIDS for years.

I'm not suggesting that you shouldn't be offended by it; but that kind of stuff has been happening for years and years already.
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Your Test Came Back Positive, Charlie Brown
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2009, 08:44:59 pm »

I have never found anything humorous about Hiv or aids, unfortunately the jokes about it have been going on a long time. 

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Re: Your Test Came Back Positive, Charlie Brown
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2009, 02:26:47 pm »
I saw the SNL and thought it was tasteless too, and I generally like tasteless humor .  Not to mention that it wasn't even "funny", at all...whereas I usually find south park, sarah silverman, etc funny.
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Offline mecch

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Re: Your Test Came Back Positive, Charlie Brown
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2009, 11:50:14 am »
I was seroconverting when I saw Sarah Silverman's extended deadpan joke and I didnt laugh.  The Team America joke is a satire and intelligent.  One of the first jokes I remember was in Bonfire of the Vanities and it was cutting and incisive.  Often times the joke is on HIV- peoples stigma.  Or the fake sanctimony of people who should know better.
« Last Edit: December 08, 2009, 11:53:03 am by mecch »
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