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News flash: A-bomb jokes still not funny

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A show on the BBC by the name of QI committed quite the social faux pas last December, and is still causing worldwide debate today. What could possibly be so offensive? A few panelists on the show joked about about Tsutomu Yamaguchi (now deceased), one of the few people to survive not only the bombing in Hiroshima, but also survive the horrors of Nagasaki just three days later. 

The joke in specific mentioned how the bomb had "landed on Yamaguchi and bounced off." According to our source:

British comedians sometimes feel free to trade jokes about the agonies of wartime Japan thanks partly to the deep national consensus that Britain was on the right side, fighting a good war against worldwide fascism.

Whether or not these jokes are culturally acceptable in Britain, I think it's completely inappropriate. Watching people practically melt in front of you not once, but twice in your life is no laughing matter, and no one should make light of that fact.

If you want to see the "offensive" joke yourself, hit the jump to see a clip from QI and judge for yourself. Was this just some innocent and offhanded comment, or a malicious joke at the expense of the terrible experiences of a Japanese citizen? Let me know what you think.

[Thanks, Raz!]

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