Comedians are well respected around the world. They are considered incredibly intelligent and fearless. I will admit, that delivery and stage presence is a skill. With that being said, do comedians really speak truth to power? When “punching up” it all depends on where “up” is.
The court jester, although a comedian, was employed by the monarchy, to make fun of the empire’s enemies. Never to make fun of the crown they are employed by. That would be sure death.
I can appreciate comedy and from time to time, I find it humorous as well.
Like the court jesters of old, the comedians of today, must toe the line as well, if they want to be paid and further employed.
Always remember, speaking truth to power and punching up, all depends on where “up” is. The truth of the matter is, that which we are not supposed to find funny or that which we are not supposed to question, remains in power. If comedy is to remain, they must only poke fun at the powerful’s enemies, not the powerful themselves.
In closing, a question.
Who or what will you never make fun of in public?
What are you afraid to speak against or question?
If something is funny, it shouldn’t matter who’s feelings were hurt.
Comedy, speaking truth to power? Not the comedians, that’s for sure.