Is 'Get Hard' Humor or Hate Crime?

March 27, 2015 1:53 PM

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When all is said and done, when the pundit pieces are filed and filtered through the web-based soap box that is social media, the latest comedy from Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, Get Hard, will either be considered one of the great misunderstood comedies of all time, or a horrible piece of bigotry disguised as the latest rude, gross out laugher. Almost all the jokes are derived from stereotypes, and even the set up comes from the mean-spirited “misunderstanding” that a white boss (Ferrell) has regarding a black underling (Hart).

Now, there’s nothing legitimately wrong from ringing humor out of hate. Mel Brooks remains a champion at such dichotomies, his Blazing Saddles (1974)one of the great non-PC proclamations against racism ever created. Even as it obsessed over the N-word and other ethnic epithets, it never lost sight o...

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