Old People Sex Jokes
There is a type of humor where a comedian subverts an audience’s expectations. I don’t know what this is called. I call it “subverting expectations.” Anyway, there are many ways to do this. One could say something ghetto in a British accent, or swear incessantly whilst impersonating the President, or, if one is Robert DeNiro, one would just have to act a little emotional or effeminate.
Subverting expectations is one of the most widely used and effective comedic techniques. But sometimes Hollywood gets its meaty paws on something that works and puts a stranglehold on it.
So is the case with old people and sex. I just watched the latest Meet The Parents installment, Little Fockers, and while there wasn’t quite so much of the old people having sex stuff as in the second film, there was enough to induce a serious gag reflex. In this particular case it might be less old people and more Streisand and Hoffman but, whatever. It’s all just gross.
I’m sick of old people sex jokes and I think most of the world is too. I propose a spending freeze of old people sex jokes. It’s one thing when there is a reason for the joke, it’s another when it’s supposed to be funny just because it’s an old person.
I love Betty White. I was not one of the millions of people on Facebook begging her to go onto Saturday Night Live, but I love her nonetheless. I actually avoided watching that episode of SNL, though, specifically because I knew they were going to load it full of sex jokes. I don’t want to see sweet old Betty White being all vulgar. I want to see Betty White in a rocker, knitting or something.
Maybe it’s just me, but I think we could all use a few more images of grannies in rockers knitting, or maybe kittens or old books. Heck, I’ll take Rambo tearing someone’s throat out with his bare hands over the old lady in Yes Man. I’ll take Rambo any day of the week.
These jokes will be funnier if we don’t see them for a few years, anyway. So please, Hollywood, think up some new stuff for 2011. Let the old people be old people for a while. You can still have Steve Carell fight crime and Natalie Portman make rap videos.