Cooning – a complete definition

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  1. Leslee says:

    I haven’t looked at the list yet but that damn Chicken McNugget commercial better be on it.

    I actually got called out for saying Martin was cooning (in many of his shows/appearances if not all) as well as a couple of other folks. I totally agree with “Just ask yourself if this person’s actions would be entertaining if it was done by a Caucasian person. If the answer is no, then the person is cooning.”

    I understand that humor is subjective. Not everyone will like everything and you also have to learn to laugh at your self (I don’t really identify with see myself in that coonish crap at all). And sure, I have laughed at some things that were inappropriate (I might laugh if you are talking about somebody else’s mama but not mine)… maybe even coonish (I watched a couple of Martin’s first seasons). However, the more I mature so does my palate… and my tolerance level for buffoonery is waning…

  2. akatito says:

    Now I may be biased, being a long time fan of Martin from back in the Def Comedy Jam days. However, I think his form of comedy wasn’t cooning because he wasn’t satirizing black culture; He is just a buffoon, much like the comedic stylings of Jerry Lewis or Jim Carrey.

  3. Leslee says:

    not a big Jim Carey fan at all…

    Martin is definitely a buffoon… some of his stuff… to me… is also coonish… the “if not all” may have been going a little too far I guess (I loved “Life” and a couple of other things including some spots on DCJ). I still say your initial comments are on point. Sitting and watching BET (please don’t make me do it) would likely bring to mind much better examples to help illustrate your point.

  4. Leslee says:

    So I guess we can call Vanilla Ice a coon? Or no?

    What is your take on Uncle Ruckus?

  5. akatito says:

    Vanilla Ice… YES!

    The character of Uncle Ruckus satirizes a sad truth. There actually are some Black People whom have deep self hatred. Many of us has/had a grandparent with a similar attitude. The Boondocks educates us while shocking us and making us laugh. That’s why his character is unattractive, grossly ignorant and alone.

  6. Leslee says:

    I agree wholeheartedly on the VI thing.

    So doing it under the guise of satire negates its being labeled coonery?

    (not trying to make any point… just looking to better understand your point of view…)

  7. RoundupRussy says:

    You’re going to have to define buffoonery and satire for me to get involved.. seems like a lot of gray area based on your preference of character and/or show.

  8. leslee says:

    I agree with Russy

  9. akatito says:

    buf⋅foon: 1. a person who amuses others by tricks, jokes, odd gestures and postures, etc.
    2. a person given to coarse or undignified joking.

    sat⋅ire: the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.

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