When’s the best time to make a joke? Many times, a friend will pipe in with a zinger about the most recent dead celebrity or other nefarious crime, and be met with a chorus of groans and undoubtedly, a “too soon,” from some sensitive bitch in the room. Let’s assume you don’t want to offend, but you do want to deliver a poignant joke with the most sting; just when is it appropriate to make a joke about a tragedy? If you’re reading this, my guess is you don’t often utter the calling card of the easily offended, “too soon.”
South Park attempted to answer this question in the first episode of season 6, entitled “Jared Has Aids.” I can’t remember the exact arbitrary time frame that they concluded, but I believe it was something around 21 years. That seems silly to me, and I’d argue that it’s a case by case basis. It would seem that mass casualties would require more waiting time, but perhaps not. Perhaps it’s personal tragedy that requires the most. Whatever the case, don’t get your panties in a bunch, unless you’re the cake farts girl. If you are, please email me, you… hero.
To further analyze this, I must explain one particular instance in the “too soon” realm. In this true scenario, I believe I executed “killer” timing. Others disagree. One day, three friends and I gathered around the Nintendo 64 for some classic four player Perfect Dark killing action. Our one friend Rich was suspiciously absent. When I asked about his lack of presence, I was told that he was visiting his dying aunt in hospice care. No one thought much more of the comment. As we prepared to play, all of us were instructed to create our character names. Three of my friends mindlessly keyed in a random gamer tag, but I, chuckling to myself, keyed in “Rich’s Aunt.” Knowing what was to come, I couldn’t hold in my giggles. In the game Perfect Dark, each player is notified on screen at the time of a kill. So as the game began, knowing what was to happen, my character hid, waiting for the perfect suicidal moment. About three minutes in, it was typical, “Allen69 Killed You” or “You Killed Bungpie420.” Continue reading