“The thing that sucks about Girls and Seinfeld and Sex and the City and every other TV show like them isn’t that they don’t include strong characters focusing on the problems facing blacks and Latinos in America today. The thing that sucks about those shows is that millions of black people look at them and can relate on so many levels to Hannah Horvath and Charlotte York and George Costanza, and yet those characters never look like us. The guys begging for money look like us. The mad black chicks telling white ladies to stay away from their families look like us. Always a gangster, never a rich kid whose parents are both college professors. After a while, the disparity between our affinity for these shows and their lack of affinity towards us puts reality into stark relief: When we look at Lena Dunham and Jerry Seinfeld, we see people with whom we have a lot in common. When they look at us, they see strangers.”
Excerpted from Cord Jefferson’s piece on Gawker.
I was about 10 when Friends first came out and it was full-blown popular by the time I’d reached “can control the TV remote” age. And this is a little embarrassing to think about now, but 13-year-old me daydreamed about being a recurring character on it one day.
It’s weird to think that, should I have completely gone a completely different route and become an actress, 14 years later, I STILL wouldn’t be able to get a recurring role on a show that’s supposed to be about 20-somethings in New York City… aka my life (at one point, anyway).
Though what’s most interesting to me that Lena Durham and the one racist lady from Vice ended up being the straw that broke the collective internet’s “I’m so sick of stories about New York that only involve white people“‘s back. Why this and not Two Broke Girls?
“People in positions of power simply cannot make jokes at the expense of the powerless. That’s why, at a company party, you never have a roast where the CEO is roasting the janitor (“Isn’t it funny how Steve can barely feed his family? This guy knows what I’m talking about!” [points to other janitor]).”
Really, this is the main point of everything icky and bigoted, be it racism, classism or misogyny.
From A Complete Guide to Hipster Racism on Jezebel
I didn’t actually remember who’s link I’d opened up to find that horrible Gurl Goes to Africa tumblr about white people in Africa, but I’m sorry that this person got so much flack for liking it that she’s now leaving Tumblr. I didn’t really follow her, but her previous posts seemed pretty good and I probably would’ve started if I’d discovered her before this.
I disagree, however, that the blog isn’t racist. Yes, some of the original captions are ridiculous and they should probably be mocked (though I construed the girl who braided her hair and then said “Look, I’m African now [only with white skin]” or something along those lines as meta humor). But overall, someone just took ANY picture ANY white person put up of their trip to Africa and mocked it. The overall message of that is “white people don’t belong here.”
Looking through some of the comments on other sites about this blog, people have argued that the blog is actually making fun of privilege. Because it takes some amount of money for you, as a white person, to get over there and cavort amongst Africans. I guess compared to many of the impoverished children shown, sure, the foreigners have more privilege. But saying you have to be an elite, at least by Western standards, to make your way over there ignores the people who decided to volunteer for Peace Corps or those who fundraised with churches or those on the dozens of other types of scholarships/volunteer opportunities that recognize that some people do feel affected by what’s happening in the world of the Bottom Billion (to coin a phrase by Paul Collier) and want to at least try to help, no matter their own financial situation.
And that having been said, what exactly is wrong about being born into a privileged position? Babies have about as much control over their financial environment as they do over the color of their skin. The ones in these pictures at least had the decency to grow up and spend what money daddy and mommy earned on trying to get unsheltered (whether they succeeded or not, I don’t know). Should they have stayed in their respective countries of origin and spent it on burgers topped with edible gold foil instead? Or is just the fact that they’re born rich enough to afford to volunteer enough to shit on them?
Though thinking that everyone up there is in fact privileged because they’re white is also racist, which leads back to:
By not being discretionary with who’s pictures they’re putting up there, this blog sucks. Once again, yes, some of the original captions are hilariously obtuse - but not all of them are original captions. Some the author/s came up with themselves. Unless they could give more context to point out why the pictures without original captions are hilarious, putting them up and mocking them solely because they feature a person of one race interacting with people of another is pretty racist.
You don’t have to have plans for genocide to be racist. You could just make a tumblr expressing the opinion that someone doesn’t belong somewhere because of their skin color.
I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you to Tumblr and the time I have spent here. I have met some amazing and fantastic people; people who have become my friends and important to me, in real life, as well as making me laugh and think, on the daily, on the internet.
But, it is time to hang up my…
How anyone can tell me Rush Limbaugh is not a racist is beyond me.
Not that I don’t doubt Rush Limbaugh is a big ol’ racist, but I may need a little help understanding what’s the racist implications behind him calling the President “boy” and “man-child.” I would’ve felt that this was more Rush being dismissive (and ageist!). Is “man-child” another minstrel show term I didn’t know about?
Chicago Teacher Tells Students: Taxes Shouldn’t Be Spent On Black Fags
During a rant about tax funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, Chicago-area high school teacher Dave Burk allegedly told students, “How would you feel about your tax dollars going to pay some black fag in New York to take pictures of other black fags?” Openly gay Geneva High School student Jordan Hunter is now spearheading a call for Burk’s firing.Burk’s attorney, D.J. Tegeler, said Monday he was not personally aware of the terms Burk used to his classes, but that Burk apologizes for any offense. “Mr. Burk is cooperating fully with both the principal, the dean of students and the school board,” Tegeler said. “Mr. Burk’s biggest problem is he does not want to intentionally offend anybody and if he did, he apologizes.” Tegeler said Burk will abide by any punishment the district picks. “We have no intention of fighting anything,” Tegeler said. Hunter, who reported Burk to the administration, wants Burk fired. “If he wants to talk about a poor place to put our tax dollars, I think his salary is a poor place to put our tax dollars,” said Hunter, who is gay.
Hunter said several other students have contacted him, saying Burk repeated the same phrase in all his classes. “He’s free to feel any way he wants, but [with him] being in a position of influence like that over children, I don’t think he should be using that position to make statements like that,” said Hunter, 17, of Geneva. School board member Matt Henry said Hunter’s allegations might come up during tonight’s board meeting, but the board’s plan is to leave the issue to Craig Collins, the assistant superintendent for personnel services, who could not be reached for comment.
Kudos to Jordan Hunter, let’s hope he prevails.
The lawyer’s name is D.J., because he spins the truth.
America’s Problems with Race Solved, Courtesy of Rush Limbaugh
You see, if black people would just accept their place near the bottom of the food chain, everything would be just peachy.
Hey Hey What The Hell of the Day: Harry Connick Jr. was a guest judge on a recent episode of the popular Australian variety show Hey Hey It’s Saturday which happened to feature performers in blackface.
Connick Jr., speaking on behalf of America (?), was quick to voice his outrage at having been tricked into appearing on a TV show airing in the 1800s, well before television was even invented.
“First of all, I think it’s important to realize that I was actually black before the election.”
David Letterman and President Barack Obama - 09/21/09
In case anyone assumed that 丁慧 (Ding Hui), the half-black National Team volleyball player, doesn’t get flack from some of the Chinese public because of his skin color… well.
How do you explain this pic, ranty Chinese netizen?