Downplayed Serious

Severe historical figures become modern pop culture comedians
Implications - Humor today is much more crude and shocking than it used to be. One way to get a few laughs is by decreasing the seriousness of often serious subjects, such as historical figures and occurrences that would normally offend an older generation. Parodied and played with, these historical motifs signify a shift in pop culture and preferred comedy, which is skewing more and more toward playful flippancy.
SCORE: 4.9
Warm Top 5 Examples: 102,332 Total Clicks Jul 10 - Jan 11
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