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1 Prof. Backpfeifengesicht, PhD  Jan 8, 2015 8:17:55pm

One of the cartoons you use to prove CH’s racism actually mocks racists. The other is completely misinterpreted. Context, wtf is that?

Sorry, I call bullshit on ignorant American cultural misinterpretations.

2 CriticalDragon1177  Jan 8, 2015 9:06:48pm

re: #1 Prof. Backpfeifengesicht, PhD

Why don’t talk to my friend, @Hannibal1310 about it, he knows a lot more about other cultures than I do, and he retweeted the the original Feministing post.

3 Prof. Backpfeifengesicht, PhD  Jan 8, 2015 9:29:26pm

re: #2 CriticalDragon1177

It’s not directed at you personally, CD. But it is what it is. A bunch of American bloggers and what not retweet the same pics and links without understanding what they even mean because they don’t fit with their cultural standards. The first thing to understand is that context (cultural or otherwise) is everything. What is racist or bigoted in one context isn’t necessarily so in another. The Taubira picture is a perfect example. In the US it is a no-no to use such images even in context that actually condemns the (racist) use of these images. And that’s fine. That doesn’t mean that an American can simply assume that the same is true for this particular country, or for this particular publication (which happens to be an equal opportunity offender). As an analogy, for Germans the very sight of swastika is so offensive that its use is prohibited almost everywhere, even in historical and - until recently - antifascist contexts. But it would be idiotic for a German to call an American artist a Nazi for the use of swastikas in a piece about that period. And so on, and so forth.

PS: and in normal circumstances one could have a productive conversation about whether these cartoons are still appropriate, whether racist or not. But these are not normal circumstances and the screaming heads seem to be satisfied with simply condemning without much thought.

4 DuckDharma  Jan 11, 2015 9:09:12am

Perhaps a useful comparison: The Taubira cover was a visual joke pointing out the absurdity of racist’s denials along the lines of Colbert’s “ching-chong ding-dong foundation” joke. But we saw how many people claimed to be brutally offended by that as well.

5 iossarian  Jan 13, 2015 12:26:17pm

re: #4 DuckDharma

Perhaps a useful comparison: The Taubira cover was a visual joke pointing out the absurdity of racist’s denials along the lines of Colbert’s “ching-chong ding-dong foundation” joke. But we saw how many people claimed to be brutally offended by that as well.

I think that’s the perfect example. The issue in America is that hand-wringing “serious” people actually take right-wing concern trolls seriously. In France they’d be laughed out of the room.


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