Jay Leno slams nurses! - page 4

I *just* watched Jay Leno make a really rude comment about nurses- it went something to the effect of... " you know nurses are the most overworked profession in America... especially in those adult... Read More

  1. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    And there's no point in anyone repeating "take a joke" or "get a life" or "get a sense of humor" to me, just because people disagree, which, by the way, is pretty dismissive of others' feelings to say the need a life or a sense of humor for feeling this way about a "joke". I have a wonderful sense of humor, i can take a joke just fine, and i have a fulfilling life, but i refuse to sit by and say nothing, while some supposed comedian makes crass, uncalled for "jokes" about my line of work. I'm not saying every nurse should feel this way, but don't slam the ones that do.
    this bears repeating.
  2. by   webblarsk
    Quote from llg
    I wasn't that offended by it. It was a part of his monolog ... a context in which he pokes fun at everything. "The Tonight Show" monolog has been a national tradition for over 30 years .... first with Steve Allen, then Jack Parr, then Johnny Carson, now Jay Leno. The monolog pokes fun at national institutions, public figures, etc. -- everybody gets a little teasing equally -- especially the high and mighty.

    If we nurses can't take a little gentle ribbing from such a respected and traditional source, then we have a problem. We need to handle such things with grace, dignity, and good humor. Everybody knew it was a joke: there is no chance that anyone in his right mind took it seriously. We need to not take it too seriously, either.

    One sign of self-assurance is the ability to make fun of yourself now and then. If we lose that, we will truly make ourselves look silly.

    We need to pick our battles carefully.

    llg
    Very well said, I agree totally!
  3. by   Alpha13
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    this bears repeating.
    not really, if she refuses to change her attitude about something so trivial she should expect responses like that. Geez lady it was a joke!
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Oct 16, '05
  4. by   aoutz
    I am suprised that he made that comment. I would think the size of his chin would prevent him from seeing anything.
  5. by   DusktilDawn
    Quote from Alpha13
    not really, if she refuses to change her attitude about something so trivial she should expect responses like that. geez lady it was just a joke!
    What may be trivial to one, another may take very seriously.

    Originally Posted by Marie_LPN
    And there's no point in anyone repeating "take a joke" or "get a life" or "get a sense of humor" to me, just because people disagree, which, by the way, is pretty dismissive of others' feelings to say the need a life or a sense of humor for feeling this way about a "joke". I have a wonderful sense of humor, i can take a joke just fine, and i have a fulfilling life, but i refuse to sit by and say nothing, while some supposed comedian makes crass, uncalled for "jokes" about my line of work. I'm not saying every nurse should feel this way, but don't slam the ones that do.
    Agreed SBE, it bears repeating again.

    It's about respecting another's right to have a different opinion or point of view.
  6. by   LEL
    Quote from Alpha13
    not really, if she refuses to change her attitude about something so trivial she should expect responses like that. geez lady it was just a joke!

    p>I agree.
  7. by   steelcityrn
    The only thing about his joke that bothers me is....IT WASN'T EVEN FUNNY!!!
  8. by   grentea
    I'm agreeing with llg here. We really do need to pick our battles. His comment may or may not have pissed me off if I heard it. Maybe I would have stewed for about one minute and then continued channel surfing. The stuff I really worry about is the reason why so many new nurses are leaving nursing after only short time on the floor, the number of people in this country who don't have health insurance and can't afford the care I give in the hospital, and the way some nurses get mistreated or mistreat each other. Those are battles that are important for me to fight. An offhand comment by a comedian who isn't even funny is kind of last on my list right now.
  9. by   menolly_33
    So comedians can't make jokes about your career? Excatly what can he make fun of, do you have a list?, He was just excersizing his right to free speech, something so many it this "politically correct society" - I really hate that word - have forgotten. It always funny until it's about you. If you don't like his humor, turn of the TV. Remember he is a comedian, you wouldn't want him telling you how to do your job, leave him alone about his.
  10. by   68RN
    There was a recent episode of "House" in which a patient told the young doctors that he had not urinated in over "24 hours". it really struck me that there were no nurses around and that this should have been picked up by the nurses and not the doctors. I do like the learning aspect of this show and how they all brainstorm to diagnose really bizarre cases. But is is unrealistic not to have nurses around. I have been tempted to write to the shows producers.
    All of these so called medical shows have a medical advisor. I see many things wrong that I often think one could easily be a medical advisor. ONe pet peeve I have is that no one ever has bedrails up on tv!! A bit unrealistic I beleive.
  11. by   Tweety
    Quote from Alpha13
    not really, if she refuses to change her attitude about something so trivial she should expect responses like that. geez lady it was just a joke!

    There are a lot of jokes out there, we all live different lives and what is a joke is offensive to others. It's not fair to say "it's a joke, get a life, geez lady".

    Jokes that stereotype be they nurses jokes, gay jokes, racist jokes, blond jokes, Pollack jokes, etc. don't necessary bother me but usually don't laugh either. I can understand why someone would be offended, and certainly wouldn't negate their feelings by saying "geez lady it was just a joke".
  12. by   Katnip
    :yeahthat:

    Everyone here is entitled to their own opinion. You don't see others telling those who found the joke to get serious.
  13. by   Jessy_RN
    His bad, now it's gonna cost him. :stone

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