Satire’s Purpose Isn’t to Mock Anyone

Satire tend to grasp more pairs of eyes more than any lecture and any somber video. The laughter that results from watching or reading a satirical piece is simply a reaction to what is showed or written about and isn’t necessarily filled with malice, ridicule, or ill-thinking. I view satire as a teaching tool that is highly effective and successful due to it being created simply and easily readable. Anyone of any educational level, socioeconomic class, and even age can more readily interpret the exaggerated movements and scenarios than they can decipher academic words. People are much more likely to hold steady interest in satirical scenes than to tearful, heart-wrenching performances and documentaries as it’s human nature to strive to feel light and cheerful than to brood exhaustively over heavily darkened narration that lead to more questions and dissatisfaction than to solutions.

Satire is a language that consist of outrageous, hyperbolic humor with the use of kooky and two-dimensional characters. It’s clear that the characters portrayed in satirical films and shows can in no way be identified as any real person. Children can be explained to that the characters and situations depicted in satirical films and shows are strictly imaginary but the themes aren’t. Satire raises critical analysis, or, at least, the topics introduced in satire stay in the subconscious somehow coming out at times to remind an individual of what is possibly wrong in a given situation.

Humor in every culture is different and not universally understandable but laughter is. What makes humor possibly universal is the gestures, facial expressions, and actions that come with it that make up for not understanding the language part of humor. Satire relies heavily on how bodies are carried across, around, though, and sometimes thrown about a setting for the sole purpose of its messages to reach high numbers across the globe. Any satirical medium is no ‘insult’ to anyone. In a time when discrimination against Muslims, people perceived as being of color, women, and LGTBQ individuals is still very much alive, satirical media is needed to get people everywhere to stop and think twice, three, four, or five times. People will recognize that stereotyping is wrong the more they encounter real and various categories of human.

The stereotypes shown in satirical media are demonstrated as such to prove to viewers how absurdly wrong stereotypes are. They are illustrated as extremely silly nonsense that it’s understood that nothing is accurate but the themes that lie beneath the comical characters and dialogues. Satire is an essential art form. It’s seemingly simple yet thought-provoking; the awareness from a satirical medium that arises in viewers is quick to spread. Moreover, it, in fact, ignites acknowledgement of serious issues and injustices far more quickly than lectures and heart-breaking documentaries can. As I observe of human nature, any cause of laughter is the best teaching instrument.

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