Tourette’s charity wants Edinburgh fringe winner to apologise. Watch
This year's 'jokes' would struggle to make it to a Bad Dad's Jokes page.
I guess they could just clarify they don't condone making fun of people with Tourettes. Jokes still have impacts.
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I think because it's very rare for someone to be severely affected by Tourette's so the general public see it as okay to make jokes about it. A joke about Down Syndrome for example wouldn't go down as well. I also think that putting a joke that was designed for a small audience into a newspaper is a bad idea.
I liked the above joke better (from the shortlist of jokes picked for the award)
As for the controversy, its nonsense. Its the normal thing of people not being able to identify the subject of the joke, and mistaking it for the content. In this case the actual subject of the joke is just the wordplay between florets and torrets.. its not people with torrets. It would be different if it were a joke where the subject was a man with torrets, and the puncline was an insult about his condition... but its not. No one is hearing that joke and laughing at people with torrets, they are laughing at the silly word play.