#HMBlog: The Internet is mad at comedian Dina Hashem for a premise involving murdered rapper XXXTenacion
Dina Hashem is a Muslim-American comedian. You’ve probably never heard of her unless you’re a chuckle-fucker or something along those lines. Well get this, she made a joke, as comedians are want to do and it involved a departed rapper named XXXTenacion, a mentally ill, woman beater who was murdered because he advertised that he had a bag containing fifty thousand dollars on him so some thug shot and killed him for it. It’s awful, really a waste of life, no one deserves that. He was a talented young man and it’s a shame what happened to him. So, Dina, being a comedian makes a joke regarding this tragedy as the premise. Keep in mind, the punchline isn’t his murder, she uses it to set up a punchline. No one is going to make fun of a man’s murder but these people are now tweeting out death threats to Dina and are either IQ deficient or purposely ignoring that fact because group-think gets things done (get’s people “canceled”). The joke in question:
Hashem stated in the clip, "Is anyone still mourning XXXTentacion? He’s a rapper, who was murdered, he’s dead now. He was shot, he was on his way to buy a car with $50,000 in cash and somebody shot him and took the money. Which is very tragic, but I also think it would be a very good Venmo commercial. That’s the first thing I thought when I heard that. Like, 'I don’t have Venmo, I should get Venmo.'"
Let me point out something too, comedy isn’t nice, it’s inherently mean. Sorry, but it is. I think John Cleese said that but I couldn’t find the clip online. It’s a tool to turn that negativity and meanness into something positive though which is why I have admiration for it. To make someone happy by using the “mean” is something special. It’s a contradiction, a glitch in the matrix. We found a portal into the great wide open here...
This is the currency of victimization being played out all over again- someone gets their feelings hurt, finds others online who are also mad, annoy the crap out of the person/company until they either go into hiding or the company they work for fires them and then the people who are mad take a ghoulish victory lap, very happy with themselves that they were able to ruin someones life. It’s really sadistic. The only antidote is for these companies and people to take a stand. It’ll be annoying for a few weeks but eventually these monsters find something else to be mad at and move along. She ended up apologizing on Instagram which is always a dumb move because when you give these people an inch, they take a mile. Just view the comments of these people in the post, they’re bitter ex-girlfriends…
So, yea, don’t apologize for someone misunderstanding what you say, because they probably did it on purpose or they’re stupid and you can’t reason with cretins. The thing that always blows me away is when comedian’s are the ones getting mad at other comedians for stuff. That is just dumbfounding. I don’t understand how they don’t realize they are going to say something eventually that is going to piss someone off and the mob will come for them, this is how it works now. Everyone has “their thing”….
The girl I work with went through it really bad; an out of context comment was posted online and the numbskulls circled the wagons. She had to go through countless hours of sensitivity training, make a public apology and the company gave the foundation free ad spots as tribute. Finally they were satisfied and called off the dogs. She didn’t even say what they said she said but it didn’t matter. They’ll come for you too eventually because everyone has “their thing”. Maybe there’s a certain word you don’t like and you demand that no one utter that word. That’s silly for a few reasons: (1) you can just find another word that means the same thing & (2) why do you get to decide? These people generally have no problem with other words that may offend someone else and use them often because it’s not “THEIR THING”.
Everything has to be okay or nothing is okay, that’s only fair. I vote for everything being okay, let’s give comedians the opportunity to make things funny, even the bad stuff. Laughing at horrible things and people is the best way to remove the power it or they hold. If laughter is the best medicine, open wide and take it. It may not always work but it’s worth a shot and better than nothing. Sometimes medicine’s have side-effects and the worst one from comedy is that you might be mad for a little while. Buck up, you’ll be fine.