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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Is There Any Height Related Humor That Doesn't Degrade Short Men?

I came across this image the other day. It's the same old, and while everyone had a laugh, that picture is not the main focus of this post.

I actually wanted to elaborate on a point I saw one person make. They noticed how most "jokes" about short men are more demeaning than jokes about tall people. For example, tall people usually joke about showerheads, airplane space, mirrors, etc. While a basketball joke may be unoriginal, it's also not implying tallness sucks. In fact, since this blog offends people anyway, I will say that most of the time tall people talk about this stuff, it's what kids these days call "humble-bragging." Humble-bragging means, to quote Google search: "make an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement with the actual intention of drawing attention to something of which one is proud."

On the other hand, in the image I linked, the joke is that they don't take short men seriously. When people post the old "hand on short person's forehead" routine or something similar, the implication is that they'll beat your short ass if you step out of line. In this one, the joke is that short men are unattractive/unpopular. In this hilarious one, the joke is that you're a bitch and not a warrior if women tower over you. Notice how the focus of the joke is always on the short man. I'll just end this point by saying that in our society, not taking women seriously isn't considered fun and games. Also note how most "short jokes" are usually "short men jokes."

While we're on this topic, it's very rare to find a self-deprecating short man who doesn't make short men seem lamer once the joke is over. Are there any who make short men seem more powerful, sexier, etc. once their routine is done? It must be rare because I can't name one.

Sure, someone can claim to "respect" a short man who makes fun of himself. In fact, I've seen that exact point made ("I only discriminate against short men who don't laugh at themselves/let others laugh at his height.)" See, the kind of respect I'm talking about is different. It's that kind of respect someone has towards a teacher back in school, where even if that teacher was hated, the student doesn't disrespect them. Does any short guy who plays the clown routine garner this kind of respect? You tell me.

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