I hesitated to keep this strictly to general media since it originated from watching a video on gaming, and I really hope this discussion hasn’t happened before.
I was recently watching the GBeast quick look of the new shaqfu game. Yikes. I really enjoy Shaq and seeing him basically endorse these jokes, as well as the middling game play itself, made me sigh. The comments on the video took two tones: Either it was calling the jokes racist or defending their right to exist while still admitting it wasn’t that funny.
This is a theme I’ve always seen occur when problematic jokes appear. It feels like calling a joke unfunny tends to come off as denying the larger undertones to the joke itself, denying that maybe this joke puts a marginalized group under the bus, and still finding a way to agree with the points said without admitting that something can be racist. Have you noticed this is well?