Justin Bieber is kind of comedy gold, right? This clown has been full of himself from day one. It's hard to root for a guy who, as an adult, eggs people's houses and gets arrested for public urination. The jokes write themselves. Roasts are known for going all the way, no holds barred and hitting you where it hurts, and this one was no exception. I wasn't expecting them to sugarcoat a single thing, considering the best gift this dude has given the world is the opportunity for Kate McKinnon to mock him on SNL.
Unfortunately, things took a bit of a turn with a few of the jabs. They might seem funny at first, but after half a second of thought it's clear Bieber isn't the butt of the joke at all. Rather than focus on the wealth of hilarity from Bieber's past, the roasters ended up poking fun at women and the LGBT community. Maybe good comedy doesn't always have to punch up, but at the very least, it should punch the correct target.
Wow. Good ones, guys. You can only think Bieber is the one hurt by those jokes if you think calling someone gay is in some way an insult. Instead, they mock gay men and trans women. I don't want to come across as the PC chief of police, but this form of othering is the kind of nonsense that keeps kids — and adults — in the closet. The comment about Bruce Jenner, who has not publicly stated any plans to transition, proves that America remains a hostile place for transgender people and their loved ones. It tells us more about Chris D'Elia than either of the two people he purports to be dressing down.
What? No! What? It wasn't funny when the Office Space dudes joked about federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison, and it's not funny now. Rape is never funny, not when it happens to women, not when it happens to men, not even when you think it is exacting karmic justice in our broken prison system.
OK, now. They knew exactly what they were doing here. Instead of hitting Bieber right where it hurts, they used his ex-girlfriend as a way of taking him down a peg. Except most of these jokes insult her more than they insult him. When asked how he felt about the jokes targeting his former flame, Bieber articulately responded, "Everybody was going balls to the wall. There was no holding back. So, I mean, it was whatever." Touching. The roasters treated Gomez as an object throughout the night, as though she had been a possession of Bieber's rather than a consenting woman involved in a relationship.
Kevin Hart got at least one joke right, explaining, "Selena Gomez couldn't be here tonight. Just because she didn't want to be here." I, for one, don't blame her at all.
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