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Warning: The Jokes You Tell Can and Will Be Held Against You in a Court of Law

Posted on | October 4, 2010 | 4 Comments

As someone who jokes about everything, I’m sick and tired of people who think that bad jokes are somehow a violation of their civil rights:

A skydiving instructor who joked with a female student that he couldn’t be falling for her because he’s gay has filed a discrimination suit, claiming he was cut loose from his job because of the quip.
Donald Zarda was strapped tightly to the woman, identified only as Rosanna, as they floated to earth in a tandem jump June 18, when he told her, “Don’t worry, I’m gay.”
Rosanna complained to his then-boss at Skydive Long Island in Calverton, Ray Maynard.
Zarda says Maynard accused him of “inappropriate behavior” and also said he had touched the student “in a way that made her uncomfortable.”
“I’m 100 percent gay,” Zarda told The Post.
“So, you’re accusing me — the gay guy — of touching the girl inappropriately?
“The situation is so bizarre.”

Bizarre. Strange. Weird. There’s another synonym here, somewhere.

Dealing with the humor-impaired is a career hazard every smart-aleck must face, but the answer to getting fired for making a joke isn’t to hire a lawyer and sue for “discrimination.” To do so is to become part of the problem, rather than part of the solution.

If Donald Zarda really wanted to fight this kind of stuff, he’d start his own gay tandem skydiving business: “We’re here, we’re queer, we’re strapped to your back.”

That’s just a joke, folks. Sue me.

(Via Memeorandum.)


4 Responses to “Warning: The Jokes You Tell Can and Will Be Held Against You in a Court of Law”

  1. nicholas
    October 4th, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

    Probably a good idea not to start blabbing about your sexuality right before you do something both intimate and stressfull. He’s joking around. She’s thinking about jumping out of an airplane. Do you really want to know what this clown’s sexual preferences are?

  2. nicholas
    October 4th, 2010 @ 3:30 pm

    “We’re here, we’re queer, we’re strapped to your back.”

    I do like that one, but let’s read it on the signage, not have it whispered in your ear on your way to 10,000 feet.

  3. William_Teach
    October 4th, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

    Hmmm, the “humor impaired.” That would pretty much be most liberals. At least real humor, not the type they practice, which generally involves the death or injury of anyone who doesn’t Think Like Them.