An Improper Joker

    The title of this entry is not a great way to introduce my upcoming novel- Shattered. The main character is a stand-up comic in the 1990s.  Mikey tells a joke on stage about getting a woman drunk enough to make a baby. Its not a great joke, but Mikey is having trouble coming up with fresh material.  The truth be told, I began writing this story in the 90’s.

The intent of the joke is for Mikey to be making a joke about himself. We have progressed as a people. We now see what getting a woman drunk to have sex is-  gross, immoral, and illegal. A person that does it should be cancelled. But should a character in a book?

I was so concerned with Mikey making a self-deprecating joke, that I did not see any other implications. 

Now I do, and yet, Mikey is a comic in the 90s. It is something he would say. Mikey does some terrible things as he slips into a psychosis.  When he makes the joke, he is a good guy.  A good guy that makes such a joke, but would never do such a thing.

I am for holding people accountable. I am for speaking in a manner that does not encourage bad behavior. I do however, hope readers make an adjustment for a character living in the 90s.  

PS-  It is a serious novel, but with some FUNNY lines in it.
Shattered- a novel
Shattered by Thomas Cannon is a novel published by Tumbleweed Books

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