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thenewgreen  ·  994 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Netflix employees walk out to protest Dave Chappelle’s special.

Well written, as always. I’m genuinely curious to know if you watched the special? I saw someone using humor to show compassion and to simultaneously state what bothers him about the “movement.” I don’t agree with all of it. But on balance, I believe he may have done more brt positive FOR the movement than negative. It ends with a genuine plea for empathy. I’m gonna watch it again tonight with all of these discussions in mind.

I’ve never seen Tootsie.





kleinbl00  ·  994 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've never enjoyed Dave Chapelle. I don't care for most standup - Since Eddie Murphy Raw it's often "let's make fun of people who suck."

Genuine pleas for empathy rarely get shared and reshared and reshared on Facebook. "Impossible pussy?"

On balance, my grandfather was a sweet old man who used the n-word regularly. So regularly that in assuming his patois once I used the phrase "niXXer-rig" a component on a loudspeaker in front of one of my very favorite colleagues in the world who happens to be black. he was cool about it but I'm ashamed to this day - I didn't mean anything by it it's just what people said in that context that I was tapping into because I felt comfortable.

Every time a joke is repeated that context changes. Lewis Carroll was a pedophile in a time when pedophiles were rarely punished. Thus, Lewis Carroll is remembered as the guy who came up with Alice In Wonderland rather than the guy who totally wanted to fuck his friends' 11-year-old daughter. The context of Alice in Wonderland has drifted away from Lewis Carroll thanks to popular culture remixes like Disney's or Jefferson Airplane's. The context of Lewis Carroll, on the other hand, has drifted towards his pedophilia thanks to popular culture's innate drive to re-evaluate itself.

Tootsie is dated. Here lemme ruin Breakfast at Tiffany's for ya.