This is the rationale behind more than just why people don’t make jokes about Muslims. It is also a key motivation for the solicitude that the mainstream media shows to Muslim sensitivities, such as its general refusal to show the Muhammad cartoons even when they were international news — a circumspection media outlets never showed regarding material that Christians found offensive. They knew the Christians were not going to kill them.
“John Cleese says you can’t make jokes about Muslims – because ‘they’ll kill you,'” by Annabel Grossman, Daily Mail, November 27, 2014:
John Cleese has argued that political correctness is ‘condescending’ as it only allows jokes to be made about certain groups while implying others need to be protected.
Speaking to Bill Maher on HBO, the legendary comedian said he used to make race jokes about nationalities such as the French and Australians – but if he mentioned Mexicans it was deemed unacceptable.
‘It’s so awful isn’t it? he said. ‘It starts out as a halfway decent idea, and then it goes completely wrong.
‘Make jokes about Swedes and Germans and French and English and Canadians and Americans, why can’t we make jokes about Mexicans? Is it because they are so feeble that they can’t look after themselves?
‘It’s very very condescending there.’
The British comedian then goes on to say suggest that the reason you can’t make jokes about Muslims is because ‘they’ll kill you’.
‘Who are the people you can’t make jokes about?’ he asks Maher who instantly responds: ‘Muslims’
‘Try that,’ he adds. ‘See what your Twitter feed says.’
A laughing Cleese responds: ‘That’s not saying that you can’t, it just means that they’ll kill you. Theoretically you could.’
The comedian added: ‘The problem is if you make jokes about people who are going to kill you, there is a sort of tendency to hold back a little isn’t there?’…