The Death of College Humor

by Jennifer Kabbany

Here’s a joke for you: What did one college student say to the other?
Answer: Nothing – because everything insults college students nowadays.

Today’s millennials are often called “delicate snowflakes” because the slightest slight – whether said intentionally or not – sends them spinning into a frantic flurry of indignation.

Take Duke University, where a campaign suggests telling someone they “run like a girl” is morally equivalent to 1950s-era racism or something. Or consider the Princeton University freshman who bemoaned he was the victim of a microaggression because of the way he says Cool Whip.

College kids nowadays can’t take a joke – but what’s worse – they can’t even take a joke when they’re listening to comedians, whose sole purpose is to tell jokes!

Case in point: The University of Pennsylvania comedy troupe Bloomers makes “great efforts to avoid making fun of one particular group excessively” and that “all jokes are okay as long as it’s making the joke about society rather than about the victim of society,” The Daily Pennsylvanian reports.

“Oh, how I despair for the next generation of comedy writers,” notes College Fix assistant editor Greg Piper in response. “Rather than saying ‘you can’t joke about X,’ Bloomers would do well to consider that humor is an inherently community activity that creates an ‘us’ and a ‘them,’ not a victim and an oppressor.”

But victims and oppressors are how college students are taught to see the world. And now professional comedians are avoiding gigs on campuses because students are so hypersensitive. 

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