@irrationalbee okay how are we not a weak, helpless minority (compared to just about every other minority out there)? I mean shit I assume you know about the suicide numbers. Hell, most of us have another type of mental instabilty (at least those that I've met). HRT is hard but the people who succeed are (largely) the one with money, the ones who live in a decent area, the ones who have a good support net.
Oh I totally agree with that but how does it make your life harder with Jokes like that? I mean we have all kind of jokes of minorities and stereotypes, Women, Bodybuilder, Black people, Germans, Jews, Religious people, blond people, disabled people and so on. Making fun of these people in a very over the top manner is not harming them. WE should no one treat like he is standing on raw eggs. Only then these people become a taboo in your society. They will not become respected or hated they are just vanishing because no is allowed to talk about this in a more comedian manner.
What about black people that make fun of Black people, what about disabled people that make fun of disabled people and so on? Are they the only ones allowed to make jokes of themselves while others are not? Whth such perspective you are just alienating yourself even more. Of course there will be always bad and good jokes but are they offensive when they clearly a parody or satire? I think they are not.
If people talk like that about minorities or special group in a very serious manner that would be offensive but even then it is their right to do so. No one will ever be loved and accepted by everyone. Just ignore these people and you will probably have a much better life besides all the stuff you have to deal with on a daily basis.
None of those jokes are okay in an era where the vocal minority is suppressing basic human rights. And when we're talking about the stupid humor of this one situation with Joel, out of context of the larger argument as a whole, it's entirely unnecessary to perpetuate the idea that it's okay to suppress one group of individuals for no reason at all - keeping in mind that celebrities seem to hold this power over children and adults alike in swaying social opinions (those people might be ignorant lemmings unwilling of/incapable of independently conceived opinion, but they do unfortunately represent the majority).
At least we're supposedly past the era of discrimination against blacks and women, even if the numbers show otherwise. The discrimination towards other situations remain a taboo to most religions, and in the eyes of citizens of the more tolerant nations.