Funny is Barney Frank telling a joke in front of a large, sympathetic audience, only to be met with stunned silence. But the content of his joke? Not funny.
Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank caused gasps Sunday when he joked during a college commencement speech that a black recipient of an honorary degree finally had a hoodie that wouldn’t get him shot.
The retiring Democratic congressman made the crack at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth graduation, during which Civil Rights pioneer Hubie Jones was honored.
“You know, when you get an honorary degree they give these,” Frank said, tugging at the hood on his commencement gown, “and Hubie, I think you now got a hoodie you can wear and no one will shoot at you.”
Frank later defended the humor of his joke, but if you have to explain why something is funny, it's a sure sign that it was never funny in the first place.