To this, we could add a long list of cartoons and "jokes" about:
Is there any difference between any of these items? If so, what's the difference? Make sure your distinctions are clear so we can tell which of these items are acceptable and which aren't.
Debating "funny" stereotypes
I asked people on Facebook what these things had in common. This led to the following dialogue:
Racism, hands down.
I'm sure the Dudesons episode is perfectly legal, but that doesn't mean people should make excuses for it. It's stereotypical and offensive even if it's legal and "funny" (to those who laugh at racism, that is).
If you haven't got the message yet, I'll spell it out: There's no difference between The Dudesons, Polish jokes, minstrel shows, and the other items on the list. They're all 1) stereotypical, 2) offensive to many people, and 3) allegedly funny. The alleged funniness does nothing to change the items' stereotypical or offensive nature.
For more on the subject, see Dudesons Too "Stoopid" to Matter and Okay to Stereotype in "Satires"? For more on the subject in general, see The Harm of Native Stereotyping: Facts and Evidence.
Below: Comical images of minorities. Laugh it up, people...these portrayals are supposed to be funny!