Saying that "comedy is important" is not a groundbreaking statement. We all know this. As comedians are quick to point out when they say something stupid or offensive, comedy is catharsis. It says something about our culture that's deeply meaningful. No need to scrape your brains off the wall — I know that I haven't blown any minds.
Still, it's worth reminding ourselves why exactly comedy gets people so fired up. Jezebel is no stranger to infuriating comedy fans — years ago, there was The Daily Show kerfuffle and, more recently, there was the Daniel Tosh scandal, the Open Letter to White Male Comedians and the Great Rape Joke Debate which has resulted in one of our writers, who is also a comedian, being inundated with vile rape threats from strangers online, all while her larger point is continuously being misrepresented and dismissed by people (often professional and well-known comedians) who ought to know better.