We get that comedians are using social media to test their coronavirus-related jokes but bringing race into it is just plain tasteless. One comedian missed the mark when he decided to compare the act of coughing to the n-word.
Comedian and podcaster Theo Von tweeted the ill-timed joke on Twitter Monday (March 16), with most of his fans condemning it. Others decided to stretch the very bad joke further with fans joining in with tweets like “My Cougha” and “Cougha Pleeeeze!” further spreading terrible jokes.
Von wasn’t the first comedian to drop the terrible joke. There’s also comedienne Vanessa Johnston who also played herself by tweeting, “sneezing is the new n-word.” Both comedians have yet to delete their tweets.
Further and further we stray away from quality comedy. As John Mulaney puts it, “if you’re comparing the badness of two words, and you won’t even say one of them? That’s the worse word.”