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
Our friend Jiwon Lee is missing. She is 5’2 and 120 pounds and, though this is not in the police notice, you should know also that she is smart and beautiful and great. We are all hoping for her safe return.
As a stand-up comic and producer, she was an integral part of…
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
A husband and wife from the town of Harvard were sentenced to a year of probation in federal court in Boston Wednesday to a year of probation and were ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution to an immigrant woman they helped bring into the country illegally and then treated as a house slave for more than 13 years.
Hi, please tell me how this is not worthy of any jail time
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
“The rape joke is that you were eight.
The rape joke is that at the time,
you didn’t know people had sex to express love.
The rape joke is that the only other person
who’d seen you naked was your mom.
The rape joke is that he called you ‘beautiful’ first.
The rape joke is that he held your hands together
and told you to ‘try harder’ when you struggled.
The rape joke is that you believed him
when he told you were overreacting.
The rape joke is that your grandma
called him a nice boy and asked him to stay for dinner.
The rape joke is that he winked at you
when you apologized to your parents for not coming
downstairs the first time you were called.
The rape joke is that his friends
high-fived him for “getting some.”
The rape joke is that you still don’t feel like
you’ve regrown the pieces he stole.
The rape joke is that he was conceived when his
dad slapped himself into his snoring mother.
The rape joke is that her friends told her
she was lucky someone wanted her.
The rape joke is that each year in the United States,
32,000 other women’s bellies
ripen with life against their will.
The rape joke is that he never learned
to touch without scarring.
The rape joke is that your classmate thinks
‘have you seen what asses look like in yoga pants?’
is an argument.
The rape joke is your new boyfriend kissing
you and telling you he ‘raped’ his math test.
The rape joke is that ‘Why are girls so scared of rape? Y’all should feel pride that a guy risked his life in jail just to fuck you’
is a popular Tweet right now.
The rape joke is that you wake up to
the memory of him laughing,
“now that wasn’t so bad, was it?”
The rape joke is that it’s been twelve years and
you still quiver when someone touches you.
The rape joke is that he hasn’t stopped laughing.
The rape joke is that you forgot how to.”—The Rape Joke | Lora Mathis Inspired by this. (via soggypoetry)
What if headphones
Helped you listen better
Instead of hiding you
I got an app notification that said
Someone next to you needs a hug
So I hugged the five people next to me
Remembering that each of these is a lonely sad animal
Dealing with the conflicts between logic and biology
Between society and the need to feel a part of _____
Apart from moments like that
Things are pretty depressing
Probably even for you
A man is 631 times more likely to become an NFL player than to be falsely accused of rape.
"We end on a serious note. Because 1 in 33 men will be raped in his lifetime, men are 82,000x more likely to be raped than falsely accused of rape. It seems many of us would do well to pay more attention to how rape culture affects us all than be paranoid about false accusers.”
that last paragraph
Go ahead, tell me who should have the “benefit of the doubt” again?
Last night after the No Regrets event I took the F home and there were two incredibly drunk guys in my car, middle-aged white guys in button-down shirts, not young fratty bros. They were hugging a pole in the middle of the crowded car, talking to each other loudly, moving unsteadily, slurring…
This needs to be in everyone’s scream repertoire. Too many of us are used to being the rest of the passengers, looking but doing and saying nothing.
The men being screamed at don’t need to be threatening or violent, they just need to be men who are touching women for no reason.
I fully expect to be screamed at if I do this. Everyone should.
There is no "feminist quota" you're fulfilling that lets you be mysoginistic
Like you can’t go twenty three hours “thinking women are people” and five minutes of “joking about bitches” and feel like you’re doing your part.
Really? The rape joke is really in your top two minutes of funniest shit you have to say?
Non-comedians: This is applicable to you too. The shit you laugh at because you’re uncomfortable isn’t making it go away, it’s ensuring it continues. You don’t think something is funny? Don’t laugh. (And yeah, I’m serious, even though I know it’s like really offensive to comedians for a comic to tell someone not to laugh. Idgaf.)
you gotta ground yourself sometimes like remember the bones and blood in your feet and how gravity makes them kiss the space ball also ground yourself like sit in a corner but sit in a corner where there’s people punish yourself by not letting you be alone
did you notice when you go to bars how weird it feels to sit next to someone thinking ‘where did that person come from’ and ‘where are they going after this’ and not asking to find out did you notice how invisible you are
The sleep was thin and cold and he felt at all times to be just a part of him submerged, eyelids dipped under a pudding skin of consciousness. As he slept he dreamed of being naked. He dreamed of walking the dog she’d had, a little mix that was wearing jeans and a button-down shirt, out and around the neighborhood and back again. He was naked and he walked the dog that never seemed to get tired. He walked to get his mail but being naked had no key. He walked the dog past an apartment and his landlord waved from a window. The dog acknowledged the wave, nodded his head at the landlord and hunched forward and got very small, and the leash went slack as all of a sudden the dog pretended to be very tired. So he turned the dog around and walked it back inside, where it plopped down on his bed and yawned a violin-stroke of relief and took its shoes off. He laid down on the kitchen floor and licked Cheerios from under the dishwasher. Later he dreamed he and this dog walked on a desert road, and the dog (wearing leather now) lost itself among the cacti (but where here, in Nevada, were cacti?) and then the dream shifted again and he was with the dog - found now - under a giant fiberglass sculpture outside a chocolate factory and the dog pointed to an open car door where another dog was hanging out the driver’s door chewing grass and vomiting, and then the sky turned dark and his eyes were opening.
there are places inside me I’ve never been but I could trespass freely, and will someday all my places will be mapped and I will unravel them for you between cork board pushpins and each red string you twang will lead back or forward into my headspace’s space-time beyond - we’ll map our connections with Venn diagrams of color, a painted mixture with brush and water with son and daughter we’ll last together, but first - but first -