Some students argued that organizers should have provided “trigger warnings,” since the film includes blue comedy and discussion of sensitive topics including homophobia, 9/11, and sex. However, Can We Take a Joke? does provide a trigger warning of sorts. The film opens with the following address from comedy legend Gilbert Gottfried:
I’d like to apologize if I’ve hurt anyone for anything with anything I’m going to say. Or if it’s an opposing viewpoint to one you might have. And if I look like I’m thinking about something that might offend you, I apologize for hurting you.