Publication details [#60463]

Montemurro, Beth and Jacob A. Benfield. 2015. Hung out to dry: use and consequences of disparagement humor on American Idol. Humor 28 (2) : 229–251.
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De Gruyter


This article explores how depreciation humor is employed in the favored reality television program American Idol. Depreciation humor is more often aimed at social outsiders and audiences are lead to consider such contestants as inferior. The gender and power of judges also affected the use of depreciation humor.