Celebrity chef Paula Deen is being sued by a former employee for sexual harassment and the use of the N-word. In a deposition, Deen freely admitted that she did use the word and added: “It’s just what they are — they’re jokes…most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks…I can’t determine what offends another person.”
You can’t? Here’s a hint, Paula: There is a very good possibility that Jewish people are offended by Jewish jokes, rednecks by redneck jokes, and black people by black jokes, though it might escape censure if those jokes are told by Jewish, redneck, and black people respectively.
But there is also a strong possibility that people who do not even belong to the targeted group will be offended by jokes based on group stereotypes, irrespective of who tells them.