Measured Against Reality

Monday, September 17, 2007

What's wrong with people?

When I saw this article on Fark that described the outrage over a college newspaper, my interest was piqued. I love free speech issues, and surely if people were calling for editor to be fired it must have been something quite terrible. Here's the badness, according to the article:

The comic strip, dubbed "Polydongs," depicts explicit images surrounding the humiliation and degradation of a 14-year-old Latina girl. The paper printed a disclaimer saying it "does not support the kidnapping of (and subsequent urinating on) children of any age or ethnicity."

Well, now my interest was definitely piqued. A newspaper showing explicit images of urinating on a 14 year old girl? That's something else. So I downloaded the PDF of the newspaper available on their website, and here's the offending comic, for your enjoyment (click to embiggen):

Personally, I don't see why that's so bad. For starters, there's nothing explicit at all in there, the girl isn't even pictured. Then there's the fact that the comic characters are shapes, further removing it from reality (and making it more absurd). Finally, there's the fact that it's a comic strip, and even explicitly states that it's a joke, and the staff don't condone that kind of thing in reality.

This reminds me of the Muslim furor over those Danish cartoons, which is apparently still going on. It's just more people overreacting and showing that they have no sense of humor or value of free speech.

Which isn't to say that those who don't like it should do nothing. I think it's perfectly reasonable to try to remove the newspaper's funding, either through alumni contributions or student support (at Stanford certain student groups get special funds that need to be approved every year, I imagine other schools are similar). But asking for the editor to be fired is just silly, and I even think trying to remove funding is an overreaction.

Maybe one of these days people will stop being so damn sensitive about every little thing, but I doubt it. Until then those who offend will have to deal with this kind of reaction, and people who find it funny (like myself) will continue to laugh.



  • that shit aint funny ..period what if it was some cracker ass honky white bitch>?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:30 AM, September 18, 2007  

  • I agree with the decision not to run the cartoon.

    It's about taking responsibility for your actions. If you are promoting a cartoon that jokes about killing babies, raping little girls, lynching black people, or any of a number of other offensive things, then you are also promoting that viewpoint.

    These are the kinds of jokes that people find tolerable right before they start killing the joked-about class. The serbs on bosnians, Germans on Jews, Hutus against Tutsis.

    I will leave you with some jokes that the Germans used to tell about the Jews in Auschwitz. I had to look in Google hard to find them, but I knew they were there, because I knew the jokes come before the slaughter.

    How many Jews can you fit in a Volkswagen? Fourteen. Two in front, two in back, ten in the ashtray. [ . . . . ] What were Jews used for in connection with the 1936 Olympics [held in Berlin under Hitler’s direction]? For the cindertrack and the Olympic flame"

    Other jokes are as follows: "What is the difference between a ton of coal and a thousand Jews? Jews burn longer. [ . . . .] Two (Jewish) children are sitting on top of a roof near a chimney. A passerby asks, ‘What are you doing there?’ ‘We are waiting for our parents. [ . . . .] Why did so many Jews go to Auschwitz? The fare was free.

    If you think the cartoon was appropriate, here are some more jokes. I am sure you will enjoy them.

    They are hard to find because people want to forget them, and they just don't want to print them, like the students at your university.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:13 AM, September 18, 2007  

  • Anonymous number two, it's not my university, I have no idea why you think it is. Also, they did run the cartoon, why did you say you agree with the decision not to run it? And those jokes you tell, yes they're awful, but I've heard people tell them before, as in people in the US in the 2000's. Those people aren't antisemites, they just don't take anything seriously, and some jokes can be funny because they're offensive.

    Besides, you'd have to be some kind of idiot to actually think that cartoon of polygons talking about how cereal makes your urine smell funny is actually endorsing kidnapping. It's a joke, learn how to take one.

    By Blogger Stupac2, at 11:17 AM, September 18, 2007  

  • I hate the college's newspapers because the reporter are so meddlers, I think that this is really bed, I know that it is not in all the colleges!

    By Anonymous Viagra Online, at 9:01 AM, June 02, 2011  

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