I'm going to ask a question here that I asked in my catechism class, and one for which I have yet to receive a satisfactory response (satisfactory as in a thorough answer, not as in 'I don't like your answer').
What is the morality of parody and satire? Is it wrong to write parodies and satires? Is it wrong to enjoy them?
I admit that I really enjoy good, cutting parody and satire, and am fairly adept at it myself (I had an attorney friend look at some of my stuff once and, while he laughed uproariously, said I shouldn't publish it unless I used a pseudonym because it was so biting). I have found that such writing is, for me, cathartic.
Now that I stand on the threshold of becoming an Orthodox Christian, I am having second, third, fourth, n+1 thoughts about these forms of humor.
Ideally, our words are supposed to be gentle. However, we know that asking "pretty please" doesn't always get done what needs to get done, including getting a point across. Even Jesus engaged in a mild form of parody by naming James and John "Boanerges" (Mark 3:17), and Paul also did so by wishing that the Judaizers who insisted on circumcision should "finish the job" by self-castration (Galatians 5:12)! It therefore seems to me that parodies and satires are not, then, intrinsically immoral.
(Well-reasoned) opinions, anyone?