I was watching a comedian recently who did a bit about depression. The bit went something like this.
"I didn't know I had depression until a commercial told me I did".
"Do you drink excessively?" "Yes"
"Do you have a hard time getting out of bed?" "Yes, with all the drinking I'm doing"
"Do you have a hard time going to work?" "Yes. So I have depression. I always just thought I was lazy".
As much as the routine was funny, it reinforced the idea that depression is not a real illness. I imagine anyone in the audience suffering with depression would have been uncomfortable with the jokes.
The same would be true if he had been making jokes about social anxiety disorder. Stereotypes about mental illness are already a problem, without comedians jumping on the bandwagon.
What do you think? Funny or in poor taste?
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