Is Evil Funny?

In today’s modern media, particularly in the movies, evil ideas are morphed into funny, laughable situations and ideas. One of the more prominent examples of this phenomena is in the Austin Power movies, with focus on Dr. Evil. In these movies, Dr. Evil threatens to destroy the world, kill all those who oppose him, and destroy society as we know it, all of which are real world threats and problems, in the present day and in history. Regardless of the severity of Dr Evils threats and actions, the audience laughs, chuckles, and giggles in response. Do we as Human beings really think that world domination and extermination is humorous, or do we try to pick out the lighter, less serious points of things? Another example of how we as humans think evil is funny is the Scary Movies, which make farces of scary movies which frighten audiences with ideas of evil and terror. When we see the devil attacking someone in a horror movie, we scream and cringe, but when we see it in the Scary Movie series, we laugh until we cry. I sincerely do not think that humans find anything about evil to be funny, but rather we as humans try to look at the lighter points of films and media only because we deal with evil so much in our own society and need a break. Gang wars, kidnappings, murders, school shootings, and  global threats occur regularly, and to balance out this evil, we need to make fun of it or poke holes in it, if only to keep sane.   For example “The details of my life are quite inconsequential… very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical. Summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we’d make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds- pretty standard really. At the age of twelve I received my first scribe. “. In this quote alone, a man described his childhood being raised by a drunk womanizer and a french prostitute,  and being shoved in a burlap bag and being beaten with reeds. Out of context, these actions would be viewed as criminal, evil, and negligent.  But read it in context, and you will find yourself laughing hysterically.  Child abuse for gods sake is being described in the above passage and all we can do is laugh. In my view this is  because we need an escape, a way to make fun of what truly disgusts and offends us.


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  1. must enjoy Mel Brooks who does the same!!!
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