Jester's privilege

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Jester's privilege is the ability and right of a jester to talk and mock freely without being punished; for nothing he says seems to matter.

Martin Luther used jest in many of his criticisms against the Catholic Church.[1] In the introduction to To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation he calls himself a court jester, and, later in text, he explicitly invokes the jester's privilege when saying that monks should break their chastity vows.[1]


  1. ^ a b Hub Zwart (1996), Ethical consensus and the truth of laughter: the structure of moral transformations, Morality and the meaning of life, 4, Peeters Publishers, p. 156, ISBN 9789039004128