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How acceptable are Corona jokes?
Which joke is perfectly OK, and where do you cross the line?
What would be the equivalent of muttering "I worry about the bomb in my suitcase" aboard an airplane? - something that you just don't do?
Is is OK to answer all telephone calls with an initial couch?
Can you clear your throat on subway, making a muttered comment about "it is just in my chest"?
Can you cough and remind people around you not to get any closer than one meter, as recommended by health authorities?
Can you make a drawing of a religious person, usually depicted with a glorie around his head, but now that glorie has grown this bush-like mushrooms?
Can you joke about people in panic from corona spreading on the Internet?
Can you make generic jokes like "Good thing we will have less ...... when it is over! (Fill in your favorite population group)"?
Can you make non-generic, more specific jokes like that?
Can you draw Bob (that's his name, isn't it?) with a corona crown on his head? (today it is a hat with flowers)
Can you make parodies on statements made by political leaders?
Can you draw an old lady laying in a coffin with a corona crown on her head?
Is there any corona joke that would be really bad taste?
So you say there is an absolute, undisputable, single answer. There is no graded scale.
Then there are only two alternatives: No joking whatsoever is acceptable. Or anything is acceptable. I suspect that you go for the first alternative.
I am not sure if the Norwegian term "galgenhumor" can be directly translated to English: "Gallows humour". It refers to the kind of jokes a delinquent makes before he is killed. Or in a more modern setting: Making jokes on in an extremely bleak situation, about that situation, to make people laugh at at to keep spirits up. A special kind of black humour, the one that is not just black, but refers to your own current situation. I dare to claim that this sort or humour has saved a few lives: When people can laugh at their own situation, they may gain the strength to survive it.
I accept that you think it is better to keep the situation as bleak as possible, smile at nothing, laugh at noting that is related to it. So you are free to ignore all such things. Consider my request to be directed at those who think humour can be an essential element in handling hardships. It is not evident how far the joking might go, and it certainly varies from one society to another, one setting to another. It is not at all obvious that a joke crossing the border line in one specific society in one specific setting could not cause a releaving laugh and give a mental push to people ina completely different setting in a completely different society.
Then there are only two alternatives: No joking whatsoever is acceptable. Or anything is acceptable.
Joking about people who have died is unacceptable, because their families are in mourning.
Joking about the reason the virus spreads through certain communities is unacceptable, because it will almost certainly be racist.
OTOH, jokes like Pompey3's saying he now farts to hide a cough is perfectly acceptable.
You should think two things, before telling a joke about the coronavirus:
0: Will I be adding to anyone's pain, by saying this?
1: Will saying this make me look like a completely heartless and/or self-centred dick?
In fact, don't restrict those rules just to jokes about the coronavirus. Apply them every time you're thinking of opening your mouth to speak -- unless, of course, you really are a heartless/self-centred/racist dick, in which case it's best if everyone knows about it.
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