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Anath's Avatar Jump to comment 15 by Anath

Aww Papyrus....

I'd probably buy one if they didn't use such a lame, overused font. I have too many graphic design friends to get away with wearing that in public.

Mon, 01 Aug 2011 04:09:11 UTC | #856449

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The "Vendors" box still reads the default text. :P

Sun, 20 Jun 2010 04:59:53 UTC | #481845

Go to: Mr. Deity and the Woman

Anath's Avatar Jump to comment 84 by Anath

That's not always true. For example, South Park stereotyped Atheists... not in an attack. Not all the religious are angry people out for atheist blood, THAT is also a stereotype. I know many good-natured religious people that stereotype both atheists and the religious for fun, and we banter back and forth about it, with epic LULZ for everyone... only if you don't take things too seriously.

Yes, it is wrong to "trash" someone for their gender/hair color/weight/country of origin/IQ/religious (non)belief. But making jokes for the sake of humor, whether they are successful or not, is not "trashing". You can't assume that anytime someone makes a statement about "men" or "women" its somehow derogatory, that's absurd and reactionary.

And all Mr. Deity sketches are offensive. That's not exactly news...

[edit: the question isn't "who", its "how/why". If we want to continue to the rift for "minorities", then by all means, keep asking "who". It's NOT "ok" to be derogatory to white males just because they are perceived to be the majority, and its NOT ok to put on kid gloves and tiptoe on eggshells when dealing with women / blacks / etc. There is no difference. Picking on someone is picking on someone. Humor is humor. The point of civil rights is that everyone IS equal. It's about intent: "how/why".]

[edit 2: Thought of this, also. You said: "So Anath, next time some black person takes offense at a blatent stereotype, he/she's just being an anti-white radical, right?" Um... Anti-White? You mean Asian/Latino/Mayan/Maori/Aborigine/Arab/Indian/Native American/Eskimo people can't/don't make stereotypes about Blacks, or that Blacks wouldn't get offended when those nationalities stereotype? Don't you think YOU'RE stereotyping and assuming a bit too much here...?]

Wed, 25 Nov 2009 02:22:00 UTC | #416331

Go to: Mr. Deity and the Woman

Anath's Avatar Jump to comment 82 by Anath

No. That's not the point.

If the stereotype doesn't hit the mark, it should just roll off your back harmlessly. Do you get offended every time a religious person stereotypes atheists, every time Cartman rags on Jews in southpark, every time white people are portrayed as power-hungry bigoted bastards, metalheads as stupid slackers, Irish as drunkards, people who happen to care about the environment as hippie tree-huggers, Catholics as portrayed in Life of Brian, scientists as absent-minded esoteric intellectuals out of touch with reality and a little crazy, women as emotional, men as insensitive, lazy, sports-and-boobs obsessed... ad infinitum? I hope not. That's a lot of wasted energy.

This is simply failed humor, not an attack. This isn't to say that stereotypes can not be used in a harmful way, but rather, people should generally stop being so reactionary to something that was not INTENDED to harm. It also seems very silly and trivial to scream about one stereotype in a 5-minute online show filled with them.

And in case your above comment was partially directed at me, it misses the mark. I am critical of all my "heroes" and have criticized and questioned all of them at one point in time. That's what it means to be a skeptic.

Wed, 25 Nov 2009 01:57:00 UTC | #416327

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Anath's Avatar Jump to comment 74 by Anath

Good defense of your work, Mr. Deity. It did seem to be quite one-sided for a while.

Also, ladies, if we freak out and cry "OMG MISOGYNY SEXISM WAAA" anytime someone pokes fun at a "straw-woman" stereotype, what does that say about us? Oh right, that we're "emotional and reactionary". What's the stereotype we're supposed to be against? OHHH...

And, if you can't make light of yourself and the very ideas you hold most dear, you're taking things way too seriously and that's very, very dangerous. From there, it's only a small slippery slope to fundamentalism.

Wed, 25 Nov 2009 00:48:00 UTC | #416306

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