My name is Adam Holwerda. I'm a stand-up comic, fiction writer, and web developer.

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

shelbysbutt:

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?

rp0077:

micasablumpkins:

the-unpopular-opinions:

i really hate seeing children at gay rallies. in most cases, they don’t understand what they’re doing and what they’re promoting. i think most children are pressured into going to gay rallies by their parents and, therefore, pressured into believing in gay marriage. 

i really hate seeing children in churches. in most cases, they don’t understand what they’re doing and what they’re promoting. i think most children are pressured into going to churches by their parents and, therefore, pressured into believing in a magic man in the sky who will send them to hell if they touch themselves or eat shrimp.

omg

rp0077:

micasablumpkins:

the-unpopular-opinions:

i really hate seeing children at gay rallies. in most cases, they don’t understand what they’re doing and what they’re promoting. i think most children are pressured into going to gay rallies by their parents and, therefore, pressured into believing in gay marriage. 

i really hate seeing children in churches. in most cases, they don’t understand what they’re doing and what they’re promoting. i think most children are pressured into going to churches by their parents and, therefore, pressured into believing in a magic man in the sky who will send them to hell if they touch themselves or eat shrimp.

omg

makinaro:

Could Your Child Be a Cartoonist? What Are the Signs?
This is probably one of my most favorite things I’ve ever drawn. Thinking about putting it up for sale as prints.
(Original Comic)

makinaro:

Could Your Child Be a Cartoonist? What Are the Signs?

This is probably one of my most favorite things I’ve ever drawn. Thinking about putting it up for sale as prints.

(Original Comic)

wocinsolidarity:

dynastylnoire:

sagginpants-singlemamas:

Perfect commentary from getoutofthewelfaretag:
"IF she is real, and IF she is getting cash assistance, then she is in work training for a minimum of 30 hours a week and she has to provide job search logs to her caseworker on the regular.
IF she is real, and IF she is getting cash assistance, then she has a 5 year LIFETIME limit of receiving that benefit.
IF she is real, and IF she is getting cash assistance, then filing for child support from all the children’s fathers was a requirement for being approved. Meaning, if they’re not paying, that’s on them, not her.
IF she is real, and IF she is getting cash assistance, she is still broke as hell. I could barely support myself making $1200/mo, much less 4 other people who would be completely dependent on me.
But considering all of those factors, it’s pretty doubtful that she’s real,”

She’s probably not real at all. 1200 is nothing. Then she’s has 4 kids, if they are in day care that is probably all her money.
Look at it like this. Here rent is less than everywhere else, you can get two bedroom for around 600 dollars.
Okay BUT gas and electric still has to be paid.  +235 dollars.
She still has to get groceries. She may be getting food stamps but again she has 4 kids. She probably will run out of food as food stamps have been cut.
Kids need clothes, they out grow shoes, coats, etc.  they break things, they are involved in extra curricular activities. I’m not even going to get into how much getting for kids dressed from walmart alone can cost. If they are in sports or the arts add more money.
Oh and then how is she getting around? I think bus passes here are around 90 dollars for a zone 1 monthly. 25 for a weekly.  She and  Her kids will more than likely need them to get back and forth if she doesn’t have a car.
I have a honda, to fill my gas tank is 35 dollars. I’m a new driver my car insurance is 215 dollars. Does she have a warranty? Add 130 dollars a month. Oh and if she didn’t buy it out right add the car payment 170 every two weeks.
1200 dollars a month for one person goes fast. 
Oh add doctor bills, medicine, co pays, trips to the barber shop, beauty salon,  toys, glasses and braces to that too.
And to be fair, if our tax dollars are keeping her and her family alive we should be glad. You know what’s despicable? Billions of tax dollars  being spent on wars that are killing innocent people world wide. Be enraged about that.

Puts stuff in perspective, huh?

Let me just take a second to make a point that little stories like this are meant to get you riled against your peers and people poorer than you. You’re supposed to be angry (that YOU’RE paying for her) when this is obviously someone below your own means (if she’s real) and probably actually needs the welfare money. Realize that getting mad at someone poorer than you about how they’re using money “you” give them is what the established power wants you to do - not just because then you’re not looking at them, you’re looking in the complete wrong direction. Think about how much more of your taxes goes to subsidizing corporations than goes to welfare, and then ask yourself why you care so much.Get angry about how the people in power are spending your money. That’s the real problem.

wocinsolidarity:

dynastylnoire:

sagginpants-singlemamas:

Perfect commentary from getoutofthewelfaretag:

"IF she is real, and IF she is getting cash assistance, then she is in work training for a minimum of 30 hours a week and she has to provide job search logs to her caseworker on the regular.

IF she is real, and IF she is getting cash assistance, then she has a 5 year LIFETIME limit of receiving that benefit.

IF she is real, and IF she is getting cash assistance, then filing for child support from all the children’s fathers was a requirement for being approved. Meaning, if they’re not paying, that’s on them, not her.

IF she is real, and IF she is getting cash assistance, she is still broke as hell. I could barely support myself making $1200/mo, much less 4 other people who would be completely dependent on me.

But considering all of those factors, it’s pretty doubtful that she’s real,”

She’s probably not real at all. 1200 is nothing. Then she’s has 4 kids, if they are in day care that is probably all her money.

Look at it like this. Here rent is less than everywhere else, you can get two bedroom for around 600 dollars.

Okay BUT gas and electric still has to be paid.  +235 dollars.

She still has to get groceries. She may be getting food stamps but again she has 4 kids. She probably will run out of food as food stamps have been cut.

Kids need clothes, they out grow shoes, coats, etc.  they break things, they are involved in extra curricular activities. I’m not even going to get into how much getting for kids dressed from walmart alone can cost. If they are in sports or the arts add more money.

Oh and then how is she getting around? I think bus passes here are around 90 dollars for a zone 1 monthly. 25 for a weekly.  She and  Her kids will more than likely need them to get back and forth if she doesn’t have a car.

I have a honda, to fill my gas tank is 35 dollars. I’m a new driver my car insurance is 215 dollars. Does she have a warranty? Add 130 dollars a month. Oh and if she didn’t buy it out right add the car payment 170 every two weeks.

1200 dollars a month for one person goes fast. 

Oh add doctor bills, medicine, co pays, trips to the barber shop, beauty salon,  toys, glasses and braces to that too.

And to be fair, if our tax dollars are keeping her and her family alive we should be glad. You know what’s despicable? Billions of tax dollars  being spent on wars that are killing innocent people world wide. Be enraged about that.

Puts stuff in perspective, huh?

Let me just take a second to make a point that little stories like this are meant to get you riled against your peers and people poorer than you. You’re supposed to be angry (that YOU’RE paying for her) when this is obviously someone below your own means (if she’s real) and probably actually needs the welfare money. Realize that getting mad at someone poorer than you about how they’re using money “you” give them is what the established power wants you to do - not just because then you’re not looking at them, you’re looking in the complete wrong direction. 

Think about how much more of your taxes goes to subsidizing corporations than goes to welfare, and then ask yourself why you care so much.

Get angry about how the people in power are spending your money. That’s the real problem.

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)

The rape joke isn’t funny and never has been (via conor-broberst)

the brief wondrous deposition of Bastien Goober

let’s talk about that hack kid, Bastien Goober
and the fact that he’s a giant loser
but the ride so far’s been pretty suber
sorry, super - that’s a deposition blooper

and you’re a real trooper
asking the same shit to this same Goober
in the same backwards hat stupor that throws eggs
and makes his neighbors move sooner

Mr. Goober, if it may please the court
is it true you think one kind of beer is a deport?

here’s one of the rejected alternates of my favorite movieit’s freddie prinze running from zombiessee but he already got bit on the arm

here’s one of the rejected alternates of my favorite movie
it’s freddie prinze running from zombies
see but he already got bit on the arm

bruceholwerda:

"Understanding" ("I Got This" & "Anatomy of a Meltdown")
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bruceholwerda:

"Understanding" ("I Got This" & "Anatomy of a Meltdown")

limited edition fine art bundle
each giclee piece matted, titled, numbered (out of 250) separately
$100.00 / pairing (save $40)

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liefplus:

turn any poem into a steve roggenbuck poem: this is a good & funy idea.. this generator by adam holwerda can “translate” thing’s into “steve rogenbuck style.” the misspelings are actually prety accurate i feel. of course my true style goes deeper than that, i feel the results could still be skewed in more drastic ways and it would be fun.. i would like to see it insert extra fricks, yolos, and boosts at random intervals maybe haha.. or whole lines from my actual poems.. idk hehe.  anyway check it out here :)

Yayyyyy

liefplus:

turn any poem into a steve roggenbuck poem: this is a good & funy idea.. this generator by adam holwerda can “translate” thing’s into “steve rogenbuck style.” the misspelings are actually prety accurate i feel. of course my true style goes deeper than that, i feel the results could still be skewed in more drastic ways and it would be fun.. i would like to see it insert extra fricks, yolos, and boosts at random intervals maybe haha.. or whole lines from my actual poems.. idk hehe.  anyway check it out here :)

Yayyyyy

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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
I’m guessing