Did you hear the joke about the girl with cancer who may have to have one of her breasts removed?
Or how about the one about the guy with MS who lost his vision in one eye?
And of course there is always the classic joke about the women with dementia who doesn’t even recognize her own family.
I mean…c’mon…these are serious knee-slappers. Where is your sense of humor??
What’s that? You’ve never heard these jokes before.
Oh…ok…I think I know why. Because they don’t exist.
Why don’t they exist? Because while it’s totally ok to laugh at your own misfortune (and lord knows I do often), making jokes about other people’s diseases is just plain cruel and idiotic and the most seasoned comedians know where to draw the line.
But alas, the world is not filled with season comedians. It’s filled with people who think they are funny, but in reality, they’re just jerks.
A good sense of humor is the key to a happy life. But where do you draw the line when “gluten-free” has become a punchline?
Cases in point:
But here’s the deal. I get it. I get why people are making jokes.
For the most part, it’s not because they think celiac disease is funny. Sure…there are the few uneducated trolls who think celiac is some made-up fad disease du jour. But for the most part, those are few and far between.
And yes, while I got railed at for slamming gluten-free Twinkies, don’t you see that the food companies, many of whom have totally jumped on the bandwagon not because they give a rats ass about our health but because they have visions of dollar signs dancing in their heads, have added to the joke that is gluten-free as well?
Look…I joke about our disease and being gluten-free all the time. It’s therapy for me. But I HAVE the disease.
But if you aren’t gluten-free for medical reasons, your jokes are making it that much more difficult for us to be taken seriously.
You want to make fun of the fad dieters? Have at ‘em.
You want to make fun of the people who just can’t stop telling everyone about their gluten free diet? Fair game.
You want to make fun of the companies charging $10 for a loaf of gluten-free bread the size of my cell phone? I’m all for it.
But please, I’m begging you; lay off the generic gluten-free jokes. And absolutely no jokes about celiac being a rich person’s disease.
Being a celiac and eatng gluten-free as a medical necessity sucks…plain and simple…and there’s just nothing that funny about it.
You want to make a joke about something worthwhile? There is a new Hollywood diet called the M-Plan. You swap out your regular lunch or dinner with a mushroom-focused dish for 14 days and you magically lose weight.
Now that’s funny!!!