I have a very open mind when it comes to comedy. I laugh along with comedians that some find offensive, such as Sarah Silverman; I enjoy shows that others consider “too much,” like Family Guy; and I don’t get in a tizzy when a male comic says something sexist. What I am trying to say is, it takes a lot to offend me.
But, a video on the comedy website Funny or Die has done it. Entitled “CoverGirl True Bruise Foundation,” the video (which is not an FoD “exclusive”) is a spoof of the popular CoverGirl makeup ads. In the vid – which was featured on the site’s homepage yesterday – a woman promotes a new foundation that covers the bruises she gets from her husband. “Mollywood1″ uploaded the spoof, which pokes fun at domestic violence.
Sure, there is plenty of content on the website that isn’t funny (which is precisely why Funny or Die has the “Die” button), but, to me, a video mocking spousal abuse crosses the line.
In the vid, the actress says, “So, for the next time you ‘walk into a door,’ or for those of you who ‘just don’t listen,’ get ready, because denial is back in style.” She also jokes, “How flawless is my coverage? I burnt the toast this morning, but you’d never know it to look at me.”
I understand that comics poke fun at news items. Although an ongoing topic, domestic violence has been featured promonently due to the black eye photos released of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Taylor Armstong; And, of course, the Chris Brown/Rihanna incident has been a major source of discussion. But, in my opinion, there is nothing funny about spousal abuse.
In Canada, a woman is killed by her partner every six days. More than 3, 000 women – along with 2, 500 children – live in an emergency shelter. I cannot imagine the feelings of fear, helplessness and hopelessness these women must experience; so to find humour in this issue, to me, is wrong.
While I don’t find anything funny about this Funny or Die vid, the rating is currently at 69 per cent interpreting it as humorous. Do you find this video funny? Am I being too sensitive? Watch below and tweet me (@LAmceachran) your thoughts:
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