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I just saw the excellent documentary

“Harvard Cancelled Its Best Black Professor. Why?”

https://youtu.be/m8xWOlk3WIw

Professor Loury, please advocate for Roland Fryer to be on the Joe Rogan’s podcast, not to plead his case, but to allow him to present his academic ideas, they’ve been kept in the dark too long.

I attended Harvard, and I can say the unfortunate journey of Roland Fryer is not unexpected. I decided early on that that the rules of the higher echelons of Harvard’s elite administrators were ones I didn’t full understand or particularly care to - understanding that truth seemed to deal more with legacy, private school lineage from an early age, power, and money; Veritas indeed.

Such middling trappings of large power institutions shouldn’t stand in the way of progress.

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If I were at the show, I would have asked about the scene from the Simpsons in which Homer is watching the black comedian, who does a bit about how "black guys drive like this, and white guys drive like THIS," to which he exclaims through tears of laughter, "it's so true; we're so lame."

First question: is that clip relevant? Second question: if the answer is yes, why? What was captured in that scene that brings it to my mind?

Loved the show, as I love all your stuff. Thanks for what you do.

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I really enjoyed this and hope you can do something like it again. While this may not be a platform for comedians, I wonder if there is a way they can call out other black comedians, athletes, musicians and actors for being "role models" and yet spend their energy & clout playing into the anti-racist diatribes. I wish they would talk more about the work & discipline it took them to get where they are. We always hear about their struggles against racism which may be true at times, but never about how hard they worked. Maybe it would be beneficial to stress what it takes to get there. I know they do in some of their private endeavors & charitable appearances, but I'd like to see it more public. Pushing against ideas that hard work & discipline should not be part of "black culture". To some extent even drug dealers and gang leaders need skills. Seems like humor may be a way to get the message across. Those on the panel are great examples of hard work and persistence and I enjoyed the humor.

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Great show. Great conversation. It's too bad it happened before the Oscars.

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Great show. Thanks.

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I'm a bit lost because I can't find the link to the full 90 minute episode - just the abbreviated one

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Yes, I can't find it either haha

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I just found it. You have to be a subscriber. Look for another thread called " TGS Live at the Comedy Cellar"

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“The funniest things are the forbidden.”

― Mark Twain

https://moviewise.substack.com/p/what-is-funny

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Glad I found this. Subscribing to your podcast, looking forward to hearing further spirited debate ...

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Absolutely loved this format!!! Please do this again.

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If the 'comics' in this video get cancelled it will be because they're not funny.

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Why did you go back to Harvard? "Cuz they pay, n****!"

That was Professor Roland Fryer? lol

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Apr 6, 2022·edited Apr 6, 2022Liked by Glenn Loury

Comedy won't be able to be truly funny again until the business world stands up to these unemployed, mentally disturbed children on social media. The cave like little p-----s (another forbidden word!) every time cancelbullies make a mountain out of an anthill. I love your ideas for comedy & discussion, Glenn, I might even take on the #MeToo is hurting women piece. I'm not a stand-up comedian but I am a writer and I do use humour.

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When I was around 8 or 9, I used the "N" word in counting rhythm I had heard. My mom overheard me and told me to never use that word, that it was a very bad word! My white mom censored the "N" word in 1953 or 1954. It remains today an unspoken, very bad word.

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Apr 5, 2022Liked by Glenn Loury

Fantastic! Hope to see you on Rogan soon, Doc!

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