Okay, I’m going to say it. “One Minute Inside a Woman’s Head,” a segment that runs during the weekday morning drive on 95.3, The Beach, is not funny. I’m not saying that because I’m a woman, I’m saying that because it’s just that; it’s not funny.
I realize that almost all jokes belittle someone.
“What’s the difference between a dead snake in the middle of the road and a dead lawyer in the middle of the road? There’s skid marks in front of the snake.” That’s right, I’m a lawyer, so I get to tell that joke.
But for me, there better be a big laugh at the end if someone or some group is going to get skewered, especially about something they cannot change. Does anyone remember the movie, “A Fish Called Wanda”? The running joke was a man that stuttered. I’ll admit that to me, it was mildly funny at first. But then it went on and on, for what? It didn’t add to the humor. In fact it began to detract from the storyline. What about Porky Pig? I love Porky Pig. I loved his spirit; that his stutter didn’t get him down. I think there’s a difference because the situations were actually funny. There’s a difference because the situations also caused me empathize with Porky Pig and his frustrations. I learned to love him. He became my hero.
What is the pay off in, “One Minute Inside a Woman’s Head”? At first, I thought it was mildly funny, but only mildly. And each morning, it was the same punch line. Women are crazy, stupid, addled. Okay, perhaps those are three punch lines, but you get the gist. Is the payoff worth alienating over 50% of the population? Maybe if it was really, really, really funny?
Could the series be funnier if it gave equal time to other groups? How about, “One Minute Inside a Man’s Head?” As long as we’re at it, how about, “One Minute Inside an Asian’s Head?” Where can we go next? Gays, blacks, disabled, children? See, not funny.
For those of you railing against me right now about being “politically correct,” just remember, political correctness is based on the Golden Rule. Being politically correct is about trying to treat others as you would want to be treated. It’s being polite. It is having or showing behavior that is respectful and considerate of others. Belittling women to get perhaps a chuckle, every morning; that’s not how I want to be treated. For me it’s a slap in the face.
For those of you who agree that this segment on The Beach is not funny, I hope you will flip to another channel when it begins. Personally, I don’t listen to the station anymore.
Midori Feldman is a lawyer and community activist. If you have any questions or comments, please contact her at [email protected]