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Malcolmxy
8/30/2012 9:51:14 PM


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Acceptable Limits of Taste

When it's done well, and has a purpose, I'm all for racial-based humor and everything, but the jokes in the "Romney Appeals to Blacks" contest aren't funny, and it seems like the "satire" that people are choosing to employ is simply an excuse to let their closet racist tendencies go bananas.

Fried Chicken and Watermelon jokes? Seriously? Black Face? For real?

If there was even a hint of irony in any of them, I'd find them excusable, if not at all humorous, but I find it hard to stomach the fact that a little gender humor is grounds for having ones post taken down, but the blatant, hateful imagery in that contest is generally accepted by the viewing audience.

It's kind of disgusting. (I don't want anyone's posts taken down, as that's not my style, but y'all should consider a no hate/racism rule or something...just a suggestion...)



[Edited by 'Malcolmxy' on 8/31/2012 1:46:55 AM]

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AzureSky
Independents
8/30/2012 10:33:52 PM


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On 8/30/2012 9:51:14 PM, Malcolmxy said:
When it's done well, and has a purpose, I'm all for racial-based humor and everything, but the jokes in the "Romney Appeals to Blacks" contest aren't funny, and it seems like the "satire" that people are choosing to employ is simply an excuse to let their closet racist tendencies to bananas.

Fried Chicken and Watermelon jokes? Seriously? Black Face? For real?

If there was even a hint of irony in any of them, I'd find them excusable, if not at all humorous, but I find it hard to stomach the fact that a little ... ual humor is grounds for having ones post taken down, but the blatant, hateful imagery in that contest is generally accepted by the viewing audience.

It's kind of disgusting. (I don't want anyone's posts taken down, as that's not my style, but y'all should consider a no hate/racism rule or something...just a suggestion...)




As I understand it the contest is about making Romney and/or Ryan into coloured people and to put them into a campaign poster.

I agree there are inappropriate entries that have not followed the directions. I daresay Newsy will examine them and make his own decision.


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Malcolmxy
Independents
8/30/2012 10:44:01 PM


Status: Attorney General
No, the point of the contest is to make them appeal to black voters, one way being to employ the "Black Like Me" strategy:

Today you are a Romney-Ryan campaign manager and your task is to change Romney (and/or Ryan's) skin color to black. Additionally, you can design a Romney-Ryan campaign poster targeting African Americans, or show any ways how Romney/Ryan can appeal to black voters.

Regardless, changing ones skin color doesn't revert them to a stereotype from the 1920s.



ha ha ha ha ... um ... wait a minute.
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AzureSky
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8/30/2012 10:48:28 PM


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On 8/30/2012 10:44:01 PM, Malcolmxy said:
No, the point of the contest is to make them appeal to black voters, one way being to employ the "Black Like Me" strategy:

Today you are a Romney-Ryan campaign manager and your task is to change Romney (and/or Ryan's) skin color to black. Additionally, you can design a Romney-Ryan campaign poster targeting African Americans, or show any ways how Romney/Ryan can appeal to black voters.

Regardless, changing ones skin color doesn't revert them to a stereotype from the 1920s.



ha ha ha ha ... um ... wait a minute.



Yes I just went and re read the directions. I find some of the entries offensive personally.


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Malcolmxy
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8/30/2012 10:56:17 PM


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Also, it's disrespectful to the office of the presidency. I don't like the current president, nor do I like his strongest challenger, but I respect the office, and I wouldn't make a joke that distasteful about Bush 43 any sooner than I would make one about Obama or any other man to hold that office.

It's a tough job, and also the symbol of our country abroad. Treating it like that is like standing atop the Washington Monument and urinating on the passers by.

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Disasterman111
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8/31/2012 4:54:57 AM


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I agree, the idea for the contest is based on a realistic situation however a number of the images in this contest have crossed the line!
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Malcolmxy
Independents
8/31/2012 6:42:06 AM


Status: Attorney General
[reply]On 8/31/2012 4:54:57 AM, Disasterman111 said:
I agree, the idea for the contest is based on a realistic situation however a number of the images in this contest have crossed the line![/reply]

I don't know that there is a line, per se. The pic I posted in the OP comes from one of the most outwardly offensive, in the moment, comedy sketches of all time (Clayton Bigsby - Chappelle's Show), but here's what it has going for it these entries don't:

1. irony
2. humor
3. originality
4. purpose (exposing the stupidity of racism by placing a black, blind man in a prominent position in the KKK and building a sketch around that)

From my perspective, I don't want to police people's thoughts, but if you're gonna be an unobservant moisture wad, could you at least do it originally?

At least add a goofy pratfall or something.


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