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This is an embedded version of my chapbook, Clayton’s Secret Notebook
Read the whole thing for free
(only use arrows on sides to switch pages, don’t click the middle “click to read” button unless you want to read it fullscreen on issuu’s site)
actually it should probably be fullscreen
Instead of employing someone to answer a question about an item you have a question about, amazon offloads the labor to you
which means you can respond how you want
Hey someone’s grammy,
Slide ‘n bind sounds pretty gnarly but when I bought these I thought I was getting game for gameboy color because of the brand name and was sorely disappointed
You know the dimensions? all the dimensions? it’s not as obvious as it seems. this is tesseract stuff up in here
I don’t know if you know what you’re getting yourself into, but painting metaphors can’t help you now
you’re Primed for a timescape
bound for a sliders-style
slide ‘n bind frosted trip to the edge
of sanity due to
barely being able to shove papers in that thing
and wait for them to credit your account
which never happens
White guy doing the tournament coverage keeps saying
Julius Randle has to “take the reins” for kentucky to win
he’s the “biggest and strongest guy out there”
Kentucky has to “ride” Julius Randle to victory (x2)
Like why do you feel okay comparing black men to horses? in any situation
oh also Julius Randle has been on the bench with cramps and various other injuries, and who knows if going all out for another twenty minutes is the healthiest choice for the kid, but hey, “ride” him to death and smile about it I guess if that’s what your bloodlust tells you
Q:i overheard a conversation where one asked, "how is it okay to like offensive humor?" and the other snaps, "you're offended? you just don't got no sense of humor!" is this argument simply a never-ending, no-win battle? i feel like it's unfair to judge someone's sense of humor based on what they feel strongly about (i.e. feminism, racial equality).
yeah i think this is a tough question that lots of comics / people who like jokes are having trouble with. obviously it has a lot to do with the situation / joke / person saying the joke but personally I think I draw the line here (for comics): if you are not a member of the group you’re doing a joke about, and the group you’re doing that joke about is marginalized / disenfranchised / already the target of xenophobic attention, then it’s at the least unproductive as well as possibly racist / misogynistic / poor taste
- doing jokes about how a minority’s culture is different and weird when you’re just someone with privilege / closed eyes (see Tom Papa’s “Freaked Out!” on Netflix - his first ten minutes are legit racism without apology and yeah he gets laughs … do I not have a sense of humor for noticing that and feeling icky instead of applauding?)
- men doing jokes about how women are evil / manipulative / one-dimensional (or just doing actual rape jokes) in a time where men control everything (including what women get to say, do and wear in public, how much they earn, and defending this patriarchy with physical violent control they’re rarely punished for)
- doing jokes about people who aren’t there or can’t defend themselves (laughing about dwarfism, retardation, etc…)
when you get a laugh by doing a racist voice or saying some stereotypical shit about women (for example) all you’re really doing is piggyback on society’s rejection or ridicule of a group to get a laugh and reinforcing whatever stereotype you’re invoking, which to me is the opposite of the point of comedy - comedy shouldn’t solely be “anything to get a laugh”, and that’s where i think a lot of people are misstepping
i think “you don’t have a sense of humor” is kind of a universal copout people use to belittle someone for pointing out the problems inherent in a lot of comedy, because inherent in comedy are a lot of social issues we obviously don’t seem to have figured out
does it make you a bad person if you laugh at something that was in bad taste? no i don’t think so. but also you might be laughing because you don’t have firsthand experience of why a particular thing is offensive, so it’s important to recognize that and not be reductive of someone else who might
now of course if you’re the member of the group you’re making offensive jokes about or making fun of the group doing the marginalizing, things are different and you should have more carte blanche
you just (most likely) don’t have carte blanche if your skin is blanche
Privilege is being able to dip in and talk about racism when you want but still having the luxury to speak and behave as though racism doesn’t exist at all
"Why are you a white guy talking about racism when it’s clear you’re a white guy?"
I can’t help it? Also you suck for not talking about it
Michelle Alexander: White men get rich from legal pot, black men stay in prison
March 14, 2014
Ever since Colorado and Washington made the unprecedented move to legalize recreational pot last year, excitement and stories of unfettered success have billowed into the air. Colorado’s marijuana tax revenue far exceeded expectations, bringing a whopping $185 million to the state and tourists are lining up to taste the budding culture (pun intended). Several other states are now looking to follow suit and legalize.
But the ramifications of this momentous shift are left unaddressed. When you flick on the TV to a segment about the flowering pot market in Colorado, you’ll find that the faces of the movement are primarily white and male. Meanwhile, many of the more than 210,000 people who were arrested for marijuana possession in Colorado between 1986 and 2010 according to a report from the Marijuana Arrest Research Project, remain behind bars. Thousands of black men and boys still sit in prisons for possession of the very plant that’s making those white guys on TV rich.
“In many ways the imagery doesn’t sit right,” said Michelle Alexander, associate professor of law at Ohio State University and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness in a public conversation on March 6 with Asha Bandele of the Drug Policy Alliance. “Here are white men poised to run big marijuana businesses, dreaming of cashing in big—big money, big businesses selling weed—after 40 years of impoverished black kids getting prison time for selling weed, and their families and futures destroyed. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely the same thing?”
Alexander said she is “thrilled” that Colorado and Washington have legalized pot and that Washington D.C. decriminalized possession of small amounts earlier this month. But she said she’s noticed “warning signs” of a troubling trend emerging in the pot legalization movement: Whites—men in particular—are the face of the movement, and the emerging pot industry. (A recent In These Times article titled “ The Unbearable Whiteness of Marijuana Legalization,” summarize this trend.)
Alexander said for 40 years poor communities of color have experienced the wrath of the war on drugs.
“Black men and boys” have been the target of the war on drugs’ racist policies—stopped, frisked and disturbed—“often before they’re old enough to vote,” she said. Those youths are arrested most often for nonviolent first offenses that would go ignored in middle-class white neighborhoods.
“We arrest these kids at young ages, saddle them with criminal records, throw them in cages, and then release them into a parallel social universe in which the very civil and human rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights movement no longer apply to them for the rest of their lives,” she said. “They can be discriminated against [when it comes to] employment, housing, access to education, public benefits. They’re locked into a permanent second-class status for life. And we’ve done this in precisely the communities that were most in need of our support.”
As Asha Bandele of DPA pointed out during the conversation, the U.S. has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prisoners. Today, 2.2 million people are in prison or jail and 7.7 million are under the control of the criminal justice system, with African American boys and men—and now women—making up a disproportionate number of those imprisoned.
Alexander’s book was published four years ago and spent 75 weeks on the New York Timesbestseller list, helping to bring mass incarceration to the forefront of the national discussion.
Alexander said over the last four years, as she’s been traveling from state to state speaking to audiences from prisons to universities about her book, she’s witnessed an “awakening.” More and more people are talking about mass incarceration, racism and the war on drugs.
I really don’t think we’re going to end racism by joking about it. Like i’m glad that the white liberals feel like they are less racist because they can joke about people who are more explicitly racist but that actually does nothing to help people of color
tl;dr: Maybe jokes about racism shouldn’t be racist
Shelby Fero who I like and think is very funny and nice posted a thing, which while I was reading it I kept having these thoughts like “i should reblog this and annotate this” so I did that. It’s regarding the whole #CancelColbert thing started by Suey Park from over the weekend where a racist tweet offended someone (duh) and the people who made the tweet (and joke the tweet was based on) had a tough decision to make: apologize or defend the joke
Don’t read this stupid fucking thing I’m already embarrassed I wrote it
Good god I can’t believe I’m writing a TUMBLR POST about Suey FUCKING Park BUT:
A fucking good method of satirizing something is to blow a parallel concept way out of proportion to highlight how absurd the original thing is. So the fact “Ching Chong Ding Dong” would piss off any normal person nowadays is the whole fucking point of that segment.
Not exactly a fact - a lot of people, instead of getting pissed off, kind of like it. It makes them laugh, and makes them think it’s ok to laugh. The assumed shared belief (racism was a thing for Asians but now it’s not for whatever reason) is faulty on two fronts: first because the group who laughs at the joke is not necessarily the group who shares that belief; they might just be racist, and second because it’s untrue. Racism was and is a thing for Asians and jokes like this further that racism make it obvious that no real activism for Native Americans is going on here
Also why the hell do white people think Asians somehow escape racism? Does it have anything to do with this?
The rage Suey Park felt seeing that, she’s SUPPOSED to feel. It’s supposed to help her (and me and any rational person who gets why that’s GROSS and WRONG) to relate to and understand that THAT’S how truly offensive it is having a team be called “The Redskins.”
So, to recap: Asians should be exposed to racism against Asians so they can better understand racism (ie, how “truly offensive” racism against Native Americans is compared to the “merely frowned upon” racism they experience all the time) - even though it really just seems like the white people are the ones who don’t understand racism. Like racism can only be truly offensive when it’s about these indigenous people and not these other ones
It helped me kind of finally get it. Granted, it may have been a mistake in using Asians as the parallel example, because we haven’t moved past being racist towards Asian people as a society, but for their joke to work the writers assumed we have.
For their joke to work haha
Their only possible joke
So they maybe misstepped in assuming racism towards a group no longer existed, but they weren’t MOCKING Asian Americans on any level.
The idea that it’s “okay” to make jokes about Asian stereotypes tho
I would assume (as someone who has been in comedy writing rooms) they chose to use Asian stereotypes for the foundation 1. because he has the running joke of an offensive asian stereotype being his mascot (like the REDSKIN MASCOT)
1. I guess there was already a racist tie-in waiting to be made, so good for us? Our racism before just naturally led to our racism now! The opportunity just fell in our lap! Who could have predicted that? Oh wait history
and 2. they prob chose an Asian mascot in the first place because there aren’t many great ways to make fun of white people (which sincerely sucks, and I’m sorry about by the way) and using a group that gets more flagrant hate would’ve felt a bit too cruel.
2. So basically every racist joke is just a joke white people wish they could make about themselves, but you know, there just aren’t that many ways to make fun of us. (aside: Huh?) Sorry, if we want to be racist about someone, it has to be, like…a race. But not like too obvious a race. Like, a race that doesn’t get a lot of “flagrant hate” would be good. Then we won’t have a lot of backlash from making the racist joke in the first place amirite eh eh
So again - a possible misstep on their part for assuming Asians don’t still deal with a lot of awful and cruel shit on the daily, but it was a risk taken in the hopes of shedding light on a bigger problem and a group WAAY more marginalized in America.
Let’s use comedy to shed light on how racist everything is, and not only when it’s about a football team
And it sucks that she received gross hate from people on the internet… but she received gross hate from people *on the internet.* It happens. And it sucks. But it’s not exclusive to her and Colbert didn’t rally fans to do it (he publicly asked people to stop, as well).
Let’s just be clear nobody should get gross hate but it’s probably easier to deal with when you’re a member of the privileged majority benefitting from the system that generates gross hate
Suey Park didn’t tweet ONCE about that fucking awful Redskins charity (that I saw, at least). She’s basic as fuck to me in that she seems opportunistic to the point of detriment.
Also, how does one “opportunistically” start a hashtag? Like how does anyone start a hashtag at all? Like seriously I want to start a hashtag and will pay you if you can tell me how - I think it has something to do with getting a lot of people to agree with you
She’s liberal Nancy Grace with lamer hash tags.
She’s reductionist reactionist Southern white people? No, I think Suey is standing against the idea that her group (or any group, really) should have to be a punchline in order for another group to be talked about
And I can’t believe I even feel like there’s a REASON to write this douchey condescending explanation of satire but everything I read from people was enraging and frankly terrifying to see as a comedian who doesn’t want to fear a mob every time they attempt to take a risk.
I get the fear-based motivation here, but cold hard truth time: at some point people are going to be pissed when white people do jokes at the expense of other races (especially their own). They’re already sort of pissed. Every once in a while they tell you. If you complain about it at that point…I don’t know
Comedy that relies on making one race or other the butt of a joke is not inclusive, and at this point it’s not even edgy. It just reinforces a reality many of us wish wasn’t a reality. There are people saying racist (and mysogynistic, homophobic, transphobic) shit at open mics in every city in the US
What if they all just wrote some jokes?