Making Fun of Others
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 6 March 2011, Question 4
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 6 March 2011, I answered a question on making fun of others.
Is it moral to make fun of others? Can mocking, or making fun of others ever be good? For instance, many people use it as a way of showing that they dislike someone without having to be direct about it.
My Answer, In Brief: So long as it's done honestly, poking good fun at the evil, the incompetent, and the silly can be moral.
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