March 30, 2017

The Situation latest celeb censored for insensitive jokes


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: There has been a lot of talk about comedians being censored when their edgy material goes too far. Gilbert Gottfried lost his gig as the voice of the Aflac duck for insensitive Tweets he made regrding the tragedies in Japan. Rapper 50 Cent is taking heat for comments he made. Certain comedians are rising up in defense of free speech, saying comics have always pushed the envelope and gone too far in search of the joke. That’s what they do.

But does a non-comedian like Mike “The Situation” Sorrention get such a pass?

He’s not a comic. He is a “performer,” of sorts. But his controversial jokes at a recent roast of Donald Trump reportedly were cut by Comedy Central for the telecast that made it to air. Should they have been?

TMZ, which has been following this story, unearthed a few of the jokes that were sliced and diced. They were racist, ageist, insensitive … but in context, they were done in a roast setting with the intention of getting laughs. They didn’t get laughs, but that’s not the point.

Should Sitch have been censored? Are roasts fair game? Tell us your thoughts.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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