Why we should stop Viola jokes (2)
The original thread from Feb has been archived so I couldn't add this to the original. There was a good amount of discussion of TwoSet's habit of poking fun at the viola and violist and the impact this has had on some of their younger fans, a percentage of which took it seriously. I had grown weary of it myself and stopped watching them.
TwoSet released a new video the other day about the "New Viola Emperor". I thought it would be more of the same but it was not. After referring to the lovely warm tone of the Viola in a way that only TwoSet can, they finished up with a promise for no more viola jokes.
I personally find them hilarious as long as they don’t actually degrade people but I think they’re good fun.
The best Jewish jokes are said to be made by Jews, the best Irish and Scottish jokes by Irish and Scottish respectively, the best viola jokes by . . . I could go on, it's a long list.
I do enjoy a good percentage of what they do, and while I didn't watch thier videos for a time I've noted recenthly that the what seemed to be a mean-spirited edge to some of thier videos appears gone. Good for them! They did indeed take a creative path to address it, nothing wrong with that.
Why pick on the viola?
Well, Queen Hilary told them to stop, so they acquiesced.
Ralph is an oboist who loves to drink coffee. Each week he drinks three more cups of coffee than Harold, who drinks exactly one third the amount that the entire brass section consumes in beer. How much longer is Ralph going to live?
What is the difference between and oboe and an onion? No one cries when you chop up an oboe.
Thanks for informing us!
Don't outlaw viola jokes. Just make it a felony with decades of prison time for anyone who laughs.
Splutter, giggle... noseblow… snort...
From an oboist friend:
LOL, all of you - I just about choked on my coffee :-)
Viola is harder than violin.
So... are viola jokes now lèse-majesté?
Being a bassist I normally just tell jokes about drummers..
I am glad they dropped the viola jokes. They also did this well enough where they did not have to apologize directly.
I could add an accordion joke, but I don't want to put the squeeze on accordionists.
Yes, mostly these music jokes are very generic indeed - what's the difference between a sackbut and an onion - no-one cries when you chop up a sackbut. And so on ad nauseam.