satire is meant to target the powerful, not the vulnerable
and jokes are supposed to be funny
harming the marginalized for the amusement of the privileged makes you a tyrant’s jester and nothing more.
Comedy only works when it’s directed upwards; low status to high. That’s why it’s funny when the janitor roasts the CEO at the company picnic, but the CEO making fun of the janitor is just mean-spirited.
There are two reasons you might laugh at the latter kind of humor:
1. You’re laughing from nervous tension because you’re worried what’ll happen if you don’t laugh (akin to allying yourself with the losing side).
2. You’re laughing from the release of nervous tension because it justifies your position relative to/perspective regarding the marginalized. Whew, I’m not that guilty, because *those people* amirite?