Black people know humor. Pop in the DVD of Coming to America for a Black person, and you’ll have them hooked for the next two hours and in a deep, humor induced trance of epic proportions.
The lineage of humor in the Black community stretches back to the the early slave narrative, when one Black slave would entertain the others, behind their masters back – as depicted in the movie Life – and can be seen at full display in the Richard Pryor sketches of the 70s, the Eddie Murphy SNL skits and the subesquent movies he would make in the 1980s.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence filled the void when Eddie Murphy made horrible movie decisions in the 1990s, and then came Chris Tucker and his role in Friday , and the subsequent Rush Hour franchise.
You might say that Black people now have the ultimate funny-man entertaining them exclusively, as Tyler Perry and his TBS shows and movies – that usually star him in drag – have become all the rage in the Black community. It is hard to find a white person who actually has seen a Tyler Perry movie or show, but Black people incorporate his programs and movies into their daily diet of Sprite and BET.
Black people find Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle funny, but our uncomfortable with some of their performances in the past, which Black people justly believe help to perpetuate negative Black stereotypes. Rock and Chappelle, though Black, fail to be Black enough in their comedy, as the only positive symbol of comedy in the Black community is making fun of whitey, not pointing out the problems that plague the Black community – which mainly consist of Blacks themselves.
However, one form of comedy Black people find offensive, if not downright irritating, is the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, Comedy Central’s white answer to the Black phenomenons known as Def Comedy Jam and The Kings of Comedy.
Black people find the Blue Collar Comedy Tour a form of kryptonite, and like when Black people hear classical music, run in the opposite direction or quickly change the channel anytime Black people are exposed to the vile message that the four white guys who contribute to the Blue Collar Comedy Tour spew.
Those four white guys include the uber-redneck jokester Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall and Ron White. Combined, this fearsome foursome – to Black people – crack jokes about middle America, the South, rednecks and everyday mishaps. The bulk of the jokes revolve around lower-class white people and their ways, but all white people find the Blue Collar Comedy Tour funny, even if they wear white collars to work.
Black people don’t like this one bit. Anytime white people show racial solidarity, as Black people did when voting 96 percent for Mein Obama in 2008’s presidential election, Black people are uneasy and smell the pungent odor of racism.
When four white comics come together, under the “accusations-of-racism” force-field, known as the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, Black people are weaponless and are deprived of name-calling – their equivalent of a nuclear weapon in the on-going war against white people that they are waging.
The Blue Collar Comedy Tour is seen as a revival of sorts by Black people, where white people come together for humor and conviviality. Never is negative word spoken of Black people, but the paranoid nature of Black people leads them to believe anytime white people congregate together, a lynch mob isn’t far from forming.
The only jokes delivered at the Blue Collar Comedy Tour consist of “You might be a redneck if….”, or “Get er done”. No jokes at Black people’s expense, just jokes at white people’s expense.
Stuff Black People Don’t Like will always include the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, because four white guys cracking jokes to an entirely white audience is too much whiteness for Black people to handle. And even though the jokes aren’t racial in nature, white people laughing and having fun without the help of any Black people is seen as a major offense to all Black people, for they are the ultimate form of entertainment.
Even though it’s called the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, Black people still see it as the White Comedy Tour, a title they would never, ever allow.