Argumentitive Comedy Essay

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There are many negative opinions and beliefs when it comes to the topic of modern day comedy and what it has to offer to our society. Many of these opinions arise because of the impact we think certain shows or movies will have on our children. Parents view shows like "The League" or "Family Guy" as crude, offensive and a bad example of modern day life. The question you have to ask is if these shows are so offensive why are they so popular? Some argue it is because we can somehow relate to the characters in the shows, the problems that they face in everyday life and the social issues the shows speak about. Comedy has always been a tool in which authors, actors and film makers portray social situations in a way your average person can relate to them. Though it is true that many modern comedies can be considered crude to some, who says that they are offensive to all. No two people have the same political, religious or personal beliefs so it is impossible to make a show based on just one persons beliefs. This is why shows like "South Park" and "The Simpsons" have had so much success and have been around as long as they have. "South Park" has been called one of the crudest shows on television but they have never been afraid to speak about any and all topics. By taking on modern day social issues that most people know about and can relate to people are almost drawn in to see what the writers take on the issue will be, even if there is a vulgar undertone. The longest running television show to date is "The Simpsons" and there are many opinions on this show ranging from "the best show on television" to "a mindless cartoon that offers no value to society". While it can be argued that "Homer" the father on the show is an alcoholic or that "Bart" the son who is always getting in trouble are bad influences they portray many of the issues we face in our…...

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