A THOMASIAN author said readers should be critical of humor as it is also the “language of the oppressed.”

“People should also think that these are not just funny stories, we have to be critical. Alam mo dapat kung saan nanggagaling ‘yong tawa mo,” John Jack Wigley said during his humor and satire workshop at Fully Booked Bonifacio Global City in Taguig on Saturday.

Wigley, former director of UST Publishing House, said jokes have also become a tool of the oppressed to address social concerns.

He cited the Duterte administration as an example of a subject of criticism through humor.

“[S]i Duterte, ginagawa siyang katawa-tawa sa mga jokes niya kasi ‘yun ang language of the oppressed. Kapag oppressed ka, ginagamit mo ang humor as a strategy to balance things out,” Wigley told the Varsitarian.

“There’s a thin line between what is funny and what is tragic. We have to be more sensitive,” he added.

Wigley is also the author of “Lait Chronicles” and “Lait (Pa More) Chronicles,” published by Visprint in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

The event, titled “Writing with Humor & Satire with John Jack Wigley,” was organized by Write Things Manila and Fully Booked. Leigh Anne Darlene E. Dispo


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