Alain: I’ve got a joke for you.
He lowers his voice, and I think “Oh, shit.”
Alain: Why are there no black people on The Flintstones?
Alain: Because back then, they were still apes! [laughs]
Me, not laughing: That’s really bad.
Alain, still laughing: Yeah, I know!
Me: As in, it’s not funny.
He stops laughing and quickly changes the subject.
Anyone want to comment on the prevalence of racism in Quebec? I don’t know if this sort of thing is more or less common here than in other parts of Canada and the world, but it seems very common and widely accepted.
Update: corrected speling in title. Incidentally, there is some really bad pronunciation on the Dictionary.com entry.