Yo momma so bald, when she puts on a turtle neck she looks like a roll on deodorant.
Or how about this one:
Yo momma so stupid she tried to put her m&ms in alphabetical order.
Off the wall and brazenly insulting, Yo Mama jokes have definitely weaved their way into the American culture. I even saw a Yo Momma Vocabulary Builder (where words such as lachrymose and voracious are used) that teaches vocabulary through humor…Humor has this way of making everything ‘ok’ – as long as the joke’s not on you ;) – But when you subtract the comedy part, you better watch out. Everyone knows the unspoken rule – I can make fun of my clan, but you touch them: you die.
When all comes to seriousness, it’s understandable…we feel like we have the right to pick on those closest to us because they are a part of us. Because wherever that insult came from, there is ten times the amount of love and affection for that person – or even just a sense of understanding. However, for an outsider to say it, it’s pure insult.
Which makes me wonder…why is it that if a non-Jew, or an “outsider” says something anti-Semitic, it is deeply insulting, but we so often do it ourselves. I heard that the way we Jews treat and perceive each other is the way that the rest of the world treats and perceives us – which is in my opinion very sound and legitimate. However, in almost every environment I find myself, I find what I call an “open closed-mindedness” – where people, under the guise of being well-rounded and open-minded feel an almost profound obligation to put down those who are not quite as open-minded as them (granted, I’m sure I’m guilty of the same thing). Why? – For every derogatory word that we say, can we back it with 10 words of kindness…because they’re our kin, or is it baseless slander based on prejudice and self-gratification?