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What's with the name?

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I See What They Did There

What If Darth Vader Couldn’t Really Hear Anything?

Okay, trust me. This doesn’t seem like the kind of joke that will still be funny after the first time you hear it. But somehow the idea that Darth Vader is just sort of wandering around oblivious to everything around him because his helmet is too well insulated doesn’t stop being hilarious.

Someone now make “can’t hear anything” videos for every character who wears a full mask please.

(via Red and Jonny.)


  • Feanna

    So if the person is evil the disability becomes funny? I’m not feeling it…

    (Not like there isn’t stuff to talk about in canon, with Vader and Luke and mechanical body parts, but that’s another story.)

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Speaking as someone who has a hearing disability and wears hearing aids, I didn’t find this video at all offensive. The fact that I myself have to ask people “What? Pardon me? Sorry, didn’t catch that” all the time makes it even funnier, at least for me. Being part of a conversation and not really having a thread on what’s going on can be really awkward, and I see the video more as a send-up of that than “Oh ho ho, people with hearing loss, HILARIOUS.”

  • Jenna Christensen

    Is it weird that this makes me think of Chevy Chase as Pierce Hawthorne?

  • Anonymous
  • Carrie

    Also I don’t think the point is Darth Vader has a hearing disability, I think it’s making fun of his helmet which is impractical and blocks out sound. If he took it off, he’d be able to hear just fine. It’s not laughing at hearing loss, it’s laughing at a ridiculous costume choice which is undermining the intimidating bad guy.

  • Feanna

    Yeah, but he NEEDs that helmet to be able to do things like for example: breathe!
    He CAN’T take it off.
    Because he HAS to wear it, I’d say that any resulting handycap counts as such.

  • Feanna

    I have to admit that I couldn’t really get into the video (just bored) and therefore didn’t watch all of it.
    I take your point that it can be enjoyable to see disabilities portrayed on screen, whether funny or not. As long as it’s not mocking, humor shouldn’t be taboo on principle.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    This is beautiful.

  • Carrie

    Oh I see what you’re saying now. I understand that but I – respectfully! – kinda disagree because I don’t feel it’s really his disability that’s being laughed at. But that’s just my opinion, and perhaps that isn’t the point. Your point is a valid one – his helmet isn’t for vanity so any mocking of it could ultimately be rooted in mocking his handicap. I personally just don’t think that’s what was going on here.

  • Feanna

    Yeah, my comment wasn’t really in reference to the vid itself. I was more reacting to the text, the basic idea that somebody walking around unable to hear things should automatically be funny.
    I do agree that the vid and the text are actually pretty mild, it’s just that the concept of somebody being funny because they can’t hear stuck with me, and that’s what I commented on. I probably should have made that clearer.