I got an email from a mom today canceling her daughter’s JokesByKids newsletter subscription because we included a blonde joke and a “Yo Mama’s So Fat” joke. These jokes were personally screened by me. Perhaps my assistant, who usually edits the jokes, has a higher standard. But … what’s the harm here? These jokes are “clean. ” They are not suggestive or violent. But, of course, they do make fun of people. But not specific people. Are they likely to hurt a child’s feelings? Am I setting a bad example by publishing these jokes?
Here are links to the offending jokes:
Yo Mama Joke
Here’s a snippet from the letter I received:
First, my daughter and I are both blonde, yet neither of us is stupid or ‘airheaded’. That is an image I fight constantly to keep my daughter from ever having of herself in her brain. Thankfully I saw this email before she did so I could delete it!
Second, many people we love and respect are overweight, some of them are family. I was taught, and my husband and I strive to teach our children, that people are not to be judged by what’s on the outside, but by what’s inside.
What do you think? Are Blonde jokes and Yo Mama jokes okay for kids? Please vote below, and post a comment (below the poll) to explain your vote.