Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Good/Bad Joke Difference is Timing or Audience?

A friend* applauded through email the moves of the NJ governor, Chris Christie, for taking on school unions to get some pension reform, to not tax the hell out of citizens, and to be honest about their problems. A friend of this friend** said that's great that he balanced the budget but what will he do about the inner cities (of NJ). I said "Nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure". A brilliant reference to Ripley's line from Aliens. She didn't appreciate it. Bad timing or wrong audience? I think wrong audience.

*lawyer working in DC who went to Cornell with me.
**Harvard Grad now doing PhD work at U of Michigan on gender/violence/the disabled.

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