The Bad Old Days
I was crusing the mega Friends of the Library Book Sale today when I started leafing through this 1932 guide to comedy. Pages of tips on how to be funny, dissecting "Take my wife, please" and "Boy, are my arms tired" types of jokes. Somewhere 'round page 200 was this random lame joke about quarter tones that ended with he punchline "What is the definition of the word "octoroon?"
When I'm watching old media, I'm constantly shocked by the everyday prejudice that pops up in the unlikliest of sources, like Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney putting on blackface in "Babes on Broadway." People may like to ridicule "political correctness," but...jeez, it beats having a world where casual racism is considered family fun.