If you can't laugh at yourself, how in the hell can you laugh at anyone else?
A lot of people in mainstream media are afraid of making a gay joke. Whether it’s because they’re afraid of being offensive, or worried they’ll come across as homophobic, it feels like every instance of a gay or bi person in a comedy needs to be perfect or it is considered ‘problematic’.
That’s probably a large amount to do with the fact that people are sensitive.
Make one joke like, ‘What’s the hardest part of learning how to rollerblade? Telling your parents you’re gay’, and you could cause a Twitterstorm and Tumblr outrage in seconds.
But there are plenty of TV shows and films that can make jokes about gay stuff and it’s still funny. A lot of the time when it’s actually funny and not offensive, it’s more about pointing out homophobia, biphobia and ignorance, laughing at misdirection or miscommunication, or just pointing out the odd truth.
Take a look at our selection of jokes from mainstream TV and films: