Stereotypes and humor go back like spinal cords and car seats.

Last week G-Lo opened his foray into late-night comedy with an impressive 3.2 million viewers. However, some didn’t find George Lopez all that funny. The use of comedy to play up or disarm stereotypes is a double edged sword that “Lopez Tonight” wields voraciously.

The ability to laugh at oneself is an admirable trait, especially if you’re bi-cultural and enduring the struggle of assimilating and/or acculturating into the mainstream. But is there a line between reinforcing the same stereotypes that seem to perpetuate negativity and using them simply for laughs?

For many, comedy is just what it is – entertainment. People have to realize that no matter what a comedian says, one has to undoubtedly always maintain respect for all races, cultures and viewpoints. This is a basic trait that many are taught by our elders…and it should never be compromised.

Honestly, comedy can be used for many different purposes but it shouldn’t be used as the main vehicle for changing stereotypes. We should never be too quick to take entertainers so seriously.  The ones that do most likely take themselves too seriously and my only advice to this uncomfortable group of individuals is a quote by Woody Allen: “Comedy just pokes at problems, rarely confronts them squarely. Drama is like a plate of meat and potatoes, comedy is rather the dessert, a bit like meringue.”

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  1. lovebug35 says:

    Georgr Lopez is just out of the line..

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