Asperger's High

On one level this video is very funny but on another, it is terribly sad. I hope it does not offend anyone:


Your Thoughts?

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  • Ophelia Benson

    I think I’m “offended.” Wait, I’ll find the card for that…

    • Bruce S. Springsteen

      I think I’m “amused.” Could I use the cards when you’re finished, Ophelia?

  • Aspect Sign

    I think it was quite funny other than the performances could have been more convincing.

    Over sensitivity to humor seems to me a sign of a sick society. Humor is a primary tool for overcoming social discomfort and overcoming social discomfort is a necessary step in dealing with uncomfortable social issues. I have always taken a nothing is sacred attitude toward humor most especially with those things that touch me personally.

    While I understand that humor can be used to mask cruelty, I think most recognize the difference, even when they ignore it and claim cruelty, I think that that awareness may be being denied, internally as well as externally.

    Ironically (how appropriate) I find shows like Family Guy, South Park and The Simpsons speak to the strengths in our culture as opposed to all those groups that find them an attack.

    I think the discomfort with the humor derives from a (sometimes unconscious) awareness that if it where to be originated by them it would be meant as cruel.

    • Sas

      Except that “oversensitivity” is usually measured by the people who aren’t the brunt of the joke, and if you’re part of a marginalized group, and the only time your group appears in the media is to be made fun of, it’s tiresome, frustrating, and not very funny.

      That said, I am autistic and I still found the clip funny; but it did have some stupid Parts and I wouldn’t chide anyone who didn’t find it funny because of those.

    • Aspect Sign

      “Except that “oversensitivity” is usually measured by the people who aren’t the brunt of the joke, and if you’re part of a marginalized group, and the only time your group appears in the media is to be made fun of, it’s tiresome, frustrating, and not very funny.”

      While I generally agree, as I said “most especially with those things that touch me personally”, I am part of a marginalized group other than aspergers that is often the brunt of the joke and I still feel that humor (not masking cruelty) is an important step toward acceptance. If we can’t laugh at ourselves with others that really is tiresome.

    • Sas

      The important thing is that acceptance isn’t gained by people laughing at you, it’s by people laughing with you. I find things like South Park and Family Guy unfunny because more often than not, the humor is meant to ridicule and make people feel excluded, rather than use humor to lighten things up and make them feel included.

    • Aspect Sign

      That humor ridicules (is ridiculous) and is harsh does not make it exclusionary. Humor is often a form of social commentary and there is much in the world that is harsh.

      To use Family Guy as an example, the writers both ridicule and present as sympathetic both blacks and whites, liberals and conservatives, religious and atheists, etc. Who is being excluded? Exclusivity itself is in fact the overriding butt of the joke in that program that we are all somebodies other so excluding anyone as other is ridiculous. That the humor is harsh is a testament to the harshness with which we treat each other.

      If I had a point it was the ridiculousness of always, and often only, calling foul when we are the butt of the joke but not when others are. I agree in not appreciating cruel and exclusionary humor but the cruelty is often in the intent and in the reception not in the content (not to say it can’t be and isn’t in the content in many cases.) Refusal to accept the intention does not make the intention exclusionary but is an act of self exclusion and you don’t have to appreciate or enjoy the humor to be aware of it’s purpose.

  • unbound

    As someone with Asperger’s, I’m mostly offended by the over-the-top acting…

  • Neil Rickert

    As a mathematician, I’ll note that most of the mathematicians that I have known are not at all like that, though a few are. Those that are a bit like what is depicted are not anywhere as extreme.

  • Hank Fox

    Loved it!

  • Nick Gardner

    I have Aspergers and thought it was hilarious. Anyone who didn’t think it was funny needs to check themselves.