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The practice of wrapping uncomfortable or unpleasant truths in humor, most commonly parodies, absurdities and ironies. The humor employed is usually an in-joke or self-referenctial structure familiar to the group or subculture at hand.
Compare "Just Joking" Justification.
- Kyon: Big Damn Hero: Kyon jokes about his new PDA (made with alien technology) conquering the world, comparing it to SkyNet -- which is what he then ends up calling it.
Film - Live Action
- Team America: World Police has an instance of this buried in the There Are Three Kinds of People In The World philosophy espoused by one of its characters -- see the trope entry on that work page for more details.