Have you heard the one about the college professor?

Professor Olga Perez Stable Cox

When someone gets on a roll telling jokes, sometimes you’ll hear one like “Have you heard the one about the Darwin award winner who put a JATO (Jet Assisted Take Off) unit normally attached to solid rockets on his car?”

What normally follows is some disturbing story about a lethal lapse in judgment that culminated in the death of some poor fool, apparently so that others might be entertained.

Fortunately, more often than not, these stories turn out to be nothing more than myths and urban legends, or plot filler for a movie that nobody watched.

Okay, so have you heard the one about the gay college professor recorded by a student, lecturing her class on human sexuality that President Donald Trump was a white supremacist whose election was an act of terrorism and the potential start of a new civil war?

The student who taped and released the video has been suspended for the remainder of the semester, ordered to apologize to the professor and write an essay explaining how sharing the video had damaged the students, faculty, and staff of Orange Coast College.

Well, okay…but what’s the punch line?

That her comments were way off topic for a college course on human sexuality?

That such a college course even exists in the first place, when the purpose of college is supposed to be acquiring tools and skills that might help the student find a job after graduation? On the other hand, the pornography industry is big business in California, so maybe that’s not so crazy.

Or was the punch line to ask whether the class was part of the core curriculum or an elective, since we are talking about events taking place in California?

Nope. None of the above. Unfortunately, this is no joke.