Is it Rude to Mock Someone?

Friends, family, and co-workers mock each other every day of the week, 365 days out of the year.

But, what about mocking random people off the street, or people you barely know like other students, co-workers, and associates? Is it rude? Read on below and find out!

Is it Rude to Mock Someone?

Mocking people is one of the first things we learn from our moms and dads (a lot of the time), incidentally, as they mock us and play with us.

As we grow up we continue to mock people we love, and play with them.

Once we are mature enough to understand the difference between having fun with a family member, or close friend, and mocking someone, in earnest, it becomes very rude and uncalled for to do so. 

How Rude Is it?


On a scale of 1 to 10, mocking someone rates 9 out of 10 on the rude meter. If there weren’t times that people are mocking each other out of sheer fun, and not out of genuine mockery and slandering of someone’s character, we would rate this action as a 10 rather than a 9.

Why is it Rude?

It is rude to mock people out of malice, or in an otherwise mean-spirited way. It is also rude to mock people out of fun if they are not also enjoying the mockery (and understand that it is a joke, and not serious).

It is not rude to mock your best friend, or your dad, so long as it is done with love, and not hate. 

Further, mocking people, constantly, is often confused by the one you are mocking, with slandering them, belittling them, or shaming them, so be careful!

Other Options to Do Instead

There are other options to do instead of opening mocking people:

  • Mocking people should not be in your playbook unless it is in good fun (with the target of the joke, in on the joke)
  • Unless you are mocking a close friend or relative, it is better to make some other sort of joke, or statement, but not mock their character
  • Be prepared to have your own character and stance in the community attacked or mocked if you do decide to joke about someone

Common Questions

Is mocking disrespectful?

Yes, mocking people is disrespectful unless they are in on the “joke” (and typically only if they get to mock you back). Mocking people is a very childish thing to do when it is done in a literal and hateful way.

Why would you mock someone?

There are many reasons to mock people, including anger, jealousy, rivalry, intimidation, fear, and many other petty feelings, emotions, and various reasons. The goal of mocking someone is to humiliate them and make them feel ashamed in front of others.

Is mocking just imitating?

Mocking is simply imitating someone but in the worst manner possible. But, there is a twist, often. Mocking also includes painting the person you are mocking in a ridiculous light. When you mock someone, you don’t just imitate them, you do it in the most humiliating way possible.