Why Do We Love Stupid?

Sure it’s the American way, but why? Why do we love stupid?

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Creator of 5 Second Movies, Nostalgia Critic, Bum Reviews and more.


  1. I have to say I enjoyed the video and believe that this is a rather big issue.

    For me, there are a few other things to be said about this subject.

    Firstly, in addition to the reasons that the Critic pointed out, I believe that laughing at something stupid is an escape method for many people. It’s a healthy dose of nonsense to help us forget about the harsh realities of our lives for a while, if only a short while.

    Secondly, Schadenfreude. Many people will recognize this as a German word/psychological concept which means deriving happiness at the misfortune of others. I believe this is another reason that stupid humor works, particularly in regards to slapstick.

    Lastly, and this is a rather personal one of mine, there is a distinction to be made here. I believe there are two types of stupid: stupid funny, and stupid stupid. Stupid funny is like the Looney Tunes. They do some stupid, nonsensical things on that show, but in such a way that it is humorous. It’s stupid, but it’s ludicrously stupid.

    Then there’s stupid stupid. Stupid stupid is when you expect some sort of character development or a great change to occur, or even for the characters involved to simply demonstrate some god damned common sense. But all you get is more stupidity. The kind of stupidity that even our good friend Captain Picard wouldn’t have enough face palms for (this is the reason I find South Park difficult to watch, despite it being satire).

    So really, it’s silliness and nonsense that makes us laugh more than stupidity, but that may just be pulling hairs as opposed to defining terms.

    Also, here’s a song Schadenfreude: about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCQGQ5qBQTA

    Also also:I truly wish I could be a part of the Channel Awesome team. If only

  2. That Adventure Time clip really isn’t a good example of the unexpected being funny, for two reasons.

    1) In context, it’s not unexpected because Finn and Jake were talking about how they wanted to run into a magic man in the woods.

    2) Out of context, their badly-faked-surprise reactions make the situation unfunny because someone who hasn’t seen that episode expects them to be surprised by what they see, so when they aren’t, it feels like a letdown.

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