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Unreasonable White Men’s Humor

On Colbert and White Racial Satire: We Don’t Need It

Some people have suggested that The Colbert Report is fighting racism…somehow.

Yes, the mechanics seem lost on some.

That by taking on the persona of a conservative a-hole, Colbert is calling attention to how ridiculous they are. Yes. Ok. But calling attention to whom,

The conservative a-holes.

for what purpose? 

Mockery, ridicule, mostly just entertainment.

The fans who have responded angrily to #CancelColbert have either been liberals who believe they are in on the joke already

Few are tempted to lump you in with them.

or tweeting lunatics who seem to just get pleasure from hearing and hurling racial slurs.

And let’s pretend that separation requires only perfunctory attention.

Where are these theoretical people who were racist until they watched Colbert,

Indeed, who are these theoretical people who were racist until reading Huck Finn? And all the harm it caused.

or SNL, or Chelsea Lately,

Aaaaand now we’re off the rails. Let’s lump in Al Jolson because why not.

or any other show that uses white racial satire,

I would not have called Key & Peele “black racial satire.” I would have called it “satire,” but YMMV.

and had their racist minds changed? Do we really believe these people exist? Do we really believe there were hella people watching Colbert’s skit about Dan Snyder’s awful foundation who had their minds changed about it as soon as Asian slurs were thrown into the mix?

You seemed to have answered your own question re: “purpose.” Not sure it’s the correct answer, or question. 

Do we really think folks who defend that team’s name despite of all the harm it’s caused are sensitive to the stereotyping of Asian people? You’re telling me these folks exist?

It’s a big world with lots of people in it.

And, you know what, even if they did, why is their “education in the form of racist 

Nope.

jokes that are satirical so it’s okay” more important than the people we know for sure exist who are harmed by these jokes?

Taken to its logical conclusion, this is an argument for the abolition of satire itself.

One might be tempted to poke fun at such an extreme view.

"Tweeting your vines, hashtagging your Spotifys and Snapchatting your YOLOs. Your generation needs everything to be about you, and that’s very upsetting to us baby boomers because self-absorption is kind of our thing. We’re the original ‘me’ generation. We made the last 50 years all about us. We took all the money. We soaked up all the government services. And we deep-fried nearly everything in the ocean."
-Stephen Colbert

"Tweeting your vines, hashtagging your Spotifys and Snapchatting your YOLOs. Your generation needs everything to be about you, and that’s very upsetting to us baby boomers because self-absorption is kind of our thing. We’re the original ‘me’ generation. We made the last 50 years all about us. We took all the money. We soaked up all the government services. And we deep-fried nearly everything in the ocean."

-Stephen Colbert


Newsom: The whole idea is this: Right now, we have a broadcast model of governing. You vote and I decide. You understand this intimately. You’ve seen the contours of this change in the media and certainly in the music industry. Big is getting small and small is getting big. Technology has the ability to level the playing field.
Colbert: What the fuck does any of that mean? The big is getting small and the small is getting big? What are you talking about? Is there a glossary? Is there a bullshit translator?

Gavin’s not being deliberately obtuse. He’s trying to translate how we, as voters, can utilise social currency to increase growth and drive conversations. If we can ignite the existing community by amplifying the experience with relevant and engaging policy, we can all be, as McLuhan said, “governance megaphones.”

Newsom: The whole idea is this: Right now, we have a broadcast model of governing. You vote and I decide. You understand this intimately. You’ve seen the contours of this change in the media and certainly in the music industry. Big is getting small and small is getting big. Technology has the ability to level the playing field.

Colbert: What the fuck does any of that mean? The big is getting small and the small is getting big? What are you talking about? Is there a glossary? Is there a bullshit translator?

Gavin’s not being deliberately obtuse. He’s trying to translate how we, as voters, can utilise social currency to increase growth and drive conversations. If we can ignite the existing community by amplifying the experience with relevant and engaging policy, we can all be, as McLuhan said, “governance megaphones.”

thedesignconservative:

Governor Palin responds to the disrespect shown to her son, Trig, and others in the special needs community by the producers of Family Guy.  As evident in this clip, the governor continues to demonstrate remarkable strength - and restraint - in the face of the unrelenting attacks on her family.

I had a tough time getting through this clip. It makes my brain hurt.

Setting aside the semantics of The Great Retard Debate, it’s not clear to me how Family Guy is mocking people with Down Syndrome from this clip. It’s not even clear how they’re mocking Sarah Palin. I saw other parts of the episode, and the writers seem to go out of their way to make the character 3-dimensional—atypical for Family Guy.

O’Reilly and Palin get it exactly wrong because they’re eager to tie Family Guy to Rahm Emmanuel and the administration. But the real crime here is the act of putting children of public figures in the media spotlight. And they’re careful to avoid that aspect because we all know Sarah Palin is the last one to point fingers in that regard.

So what did Family Guy do wrong? The reference to Trig Palin was oblique. Was it by portraying disabled persons in a comedy show? Because they’ve already done that. And no one cried foul on Fox, where Family Guy airs. Or is it that we can’t even portray the mentally disabled anymore? Is the mere sight of them taboo?

I can’t believe she’s still using that satire line after Colbert eviscerated her.