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Removing a Gay Joke Isn’t Censorship

Ron Howard says he won’t cut a derisive joke from his new film, The Dilemma, just because protesters want him to. Last month more than 2,700 people signed a petition seeking to cut the gay joke from the film’s trailer.

Lead actor Vince Vaughn has also defended the joke:

Comedy and joking about our differences breaks tension and brings us together.

“Electric cars are gay,” says Vaughn’s character in the film.

I wonder if the gay kid and the school bully watching the film in Idaho realize that the joke’s meant to break any tension and bring them happily together.

How do we measure the impact of a careless quip like “That’s gay”? Dan Savage and Margaret Cho put in their two cents on gay jokes in The Daily Beast.

 

 

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Naked in New York

The post-April Fool’s Day pranks continue. My friend Scott passed along this outrageous prank by Improv Everywhere in the NYC subway. Pants-off, panties-off, everything out in public. The shocked faces by fellow subway riders are classic.

My favorite part: the electronica by Tyler Walker. Just as fabulous as the actual prank.

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Dwight Schrute Asks, “Who Moved My Desk?”

When I was a freshman at B.U. (way back in 1990), I once came back to my dorm room after a long day of classes. I was taking Mass Communcation and Archaeology that first semester. Or maybe it was Astronomy–hard to remember, as I was barely keeping my neck above water my first semester in college.

My floormates on the 11th floor of Warren Towers loved pranks. That night, as I turned the key and opened my door, I stood in the door with my mouth open. My film posters, the clothes hanging in my closet, my textbooks and cassette tapes scattered on my desk had been reversed with my roommate’s belongings. Mirror opposites, like I’d walked into an alternate reality. Even the posters had been rehung in the same positions, though on the opposite wall. Needless to say, my seventeen year-old self was not amused. Twenty years later, it seems like a pretty handy prank.

All to say that I found this equally amusing ode to pranksterville on YouTube. It’s a compendium of The Office‘s best pranks on Dwight. Happy April Fool’s Day.

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Twelve Great April Fool’s Day Hoaxes

The Daily Beast put together a gallery of the best April Fool’s Day jokes. My favorites are the left-handed Whopper (1998) and the rumor, twenty years ago, that Big Ben went digital.

What type of pranks are you pulling off today?

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» "Pinays," AGNI, Spring 2016
» "Dandy," Post Road, Spring 2015
» "Wrestlers," Fifth Wednesday, Spring 2014
» "Babies," Joyland, August 2011
» "Nicolette and Maribel," BostonNow, May 2007
» "The Rice Bowl," Memorious, March 2005
» "The Rules of the Game," Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffee House Press, June 2003)
» "Deaf Mute," Growing Up Filipino (Philippine American Literary House, April 2003)
» "Good Men ," Genre, April 2003
» "The Foley Artist," Drunken Boat, April 2002
» "Squatters," Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America (Asian Am. Writers' Workshop, 2001)
» "Deaf Mute," The North American Review, Jan 2001
» "The First Lady of Our Filipino Nation," The Boston Phoenix, 1999
» "Paper Route," Flyway Literary Review, 1996
» "Brainy Smurf and the Council Bluffs Pride Parade," Generation Q (Alyson, 1996)
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