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Unruly Women and Carnivalesque Countercontrol: Offensive Humor in Mediated Social Protest

Anne Graefer, Allaina Kilby Orcid Logo, Inger-Lise Kalviknes Bore

Journal of Communication Inquiry, Start page: 019685991880048

Swansea University Author: Allaina Kilby Orcid Logo

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At the Women’s March in January 2018, many protest posters featured offensive jokes at the expense of Trump’s body and behavior. Such posters were shared widely online, much to the amusement of the movement’s supporters. Through a close analysis of posts on Instagram and Twitter, we explore the role...

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Published in: Journal of Communication Inquiry
ISSN: 0196-8599 1552-4612
Published: 2018
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa45058
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Abstract: At the Women’s March in January 2018, many protest posters featured offensive jokes at the expense of Trump’s body and behavior. Such posters were shared widely online, much to the amusement of the movement’s supporters. Through a close analysis of posts on Instagram and Twitter, we explore the role of “vulgar” and “offensive” humor in mediated social protest. By highlighting its radical and conservative tendencies, we demonstrate how we can understand these practices of offensive humor as a contemporary expression of “the carnivalesque” that is complexly intertwined with social change.
Keywords: offensive humour, social protest, women's march, digital culture, carnivalesque
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Start Page: 019685991880048