The year is 2021 and we have access to all the information in the world. But unfortunately, we are still quite backward in some aspects. There’s no limit to the topics on which you can joke about on the Internet. Making distasteful jokes about sensitive topics may be popular on some corners of the Internet, but it does not make you look cool.
Abortion is a sensitive topic, and definitely not something to joke about. Especially if you target a woman, you will become a part of the problem.
Can Abortion Jokes Be Harmless?
For a long time, people kept making insensitive jokes and sharing them on the darker corners of the Internet. But slowly, things began to change. People who don’t approve of insensitive jokes stopped giving attention to comedians who made fun of sensitive topics such as abortion and religion. As a result, comedians and content creators felt compelled to come up with harmless jokes.
But despite all that, abortion continues to be a difficult topic and joking about it can never be okay. However, there are a few abortion jokes that are as harmless as they can be.
If you must make a joke on a topic, you should go for a pun. Puns may make people angry for being too good or too annoying, but they are still quite funny. The best part about puns is that you can keep making new ones easily. Here’s one involving abortion:
“What do you call a cow that gets an abortion?”
If you are someone who loves decaf, then you must have laughed loudly at this.
You know the jokes that are so obvious and yet so good? Well, they can definitely get you a few chuckles at a gathering. Keep in mind that the delivery is just as important when it comes to these jokes. You will have to pay attention to everything from the setup to the punchline if you really want to make your audience laugh.
“A girl walks into a ‘no questions asked’ abortion clinic.
The nurse says, ‘How can I help you?’
Girl says, ‘LYING BAST*RDS!’ and leaves.”
Well, who can blame this girl? You would hate it too if someone lied to you. Not to mention getting asked questions can be quite annoying.
For millennials, there’s no better movie than Terminator 2: Judgement Day. There was something about a cyborg trying to protect a little boy from a terminator that touched everyone’s heart. Even after all this time, the movie continues to hold a significant place in the hearts of viewers.
Here’s an abortion joke that is also a reference to the Terminator movies:
“Which movie villain works at the abortion clinic?”
There’s something about parents roasting their kids that makes people laugh out loud. Most of the time, it is the kids who know all the latest jokes and memes, which is why when a parent tells the best joke, it becomes funnier by default. Here’s a roast from a mom:
“I asked my mom to tell me her best joke.
She looked me straight in the eyes and said ‘I’m so glad I didn’t get an abortion.’”
Now, that’s how you tell a joke about a sensitive topic. But reaching the level of a parent’s humor is often impossible. All you can do is hope they will roast you one day so you can tell your friends to make them laugh.
Stand-up Comedians and Abortion Jokes
People turn to stand-up comedy when they want to destress at the end of the day. But if stand-up comedy brings up controversial topics and attacks marginalized communities to make jokes, then it loses its purpose. Over the years, many stand-up comedians have made poor jokes about abortion. Although the jokes were made in a bad taste, they did start a debate.
The jokes made people question what kind of stand-up comedy they want. Many stand-up comedians lost their followers after making controversial jokes. The debate around such jokes also raised the question about what kind of topics a stand-up comedian should joke about and what kind of topics must be left alone.
There’s Better Material
There’s always better material available for you to joke about. In his Netflix special, Anthony Jeselnik used a joke to call out comedians who only focus on sensitive topics:
“I don’t know if you’ve ever helped someone get an abortion. It’s a big favor. It’s a big favor to do for somebody. Not an easy favor at all. Don’t get me wrong, I’m as pro-choice as they come. But still, the whole time I’m driving her, I’m just thinking to myself, ‘Goddamn, there has got to be a better way to come up with new material.’”
Women Stand-up Comedians
Men have always had too much to say about issues that primarily concern women. Women stand-up comedians decided to present their side of story by discussing abortion in their shows. Jena Friedman, Tiff Stevenson, and Michelle Wolf are some of the female comedians who have brought up the topic of abortion in their shows.
Jena Friedman believes that by discussing topics such as abortion, women comedians can help bring the change in the society that they want. Bringing women to the stand-up world also gives male comedians a sign that they should let women talk about things that concern them such as abortion, periods, and pregnancy.
Especially if they are going to be disrespectful toward women, it is better for them to find new material instead.
If you think that making jokes at others’ expense makes you funny, then you can’t be more wrong. Abortion is not the kind of topic you can make fun of.
In fact, it is not the kind of topic people should be discussing publicly at all, unless they are educating someone. There are plenty of sensitive topics that can make you the subject of harmless jokes. But it is about time that we retire all the abortion jokes and promote the voices of women on the topic.