Blind man walks into a bar and says "Ouch."
No, people, that's not funny. It's lame and it's dumb. Making fun of someone for a disability isn't creative, either.
However, people can and do find humor in their disabilities. I've made jokes about being hearing impaired, and La Petite posted a video on her Facebook page of her brother holding his white cane and telling a blind joke.
After New York Governor David Paterson hosted the late-night bastion of humor Saturday Night Live, he had the following to say.
"As I said last night, while I have a good sense of humor, jokes that degrade people solely for their disability are sophomoric and stupid. Any suggestion - be it intentional or otherwise - that a disability would impede one from being a competent and contributing member of our society is damaging to an entire population in this country.
"My own disability has not prevented me from doing everything in my power to successfully protect the fiscal integrity of New York. In the last two and a half years, I have balanced the budget, closed $42 billion in deficit, protected the State's credit rating and never passed out an IOU.
"I am grateful to Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, and the producers of Saturday Night Live for giving me the opportunity last night to deliver that serious message with humor."
Delivering a serious message with humor: now that's no joke.