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I was listening to the radio again this morning and I heard about… - Speak Friend and Enter
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I was listening to the radio again this morning and I heard about "June Bugs", this 60 hour Bugs Bunny cartoon marathon on the Cartoon Network that they have on a weekend in, well, June. Apparently there is some fuss over about a dozen that were made in the 30s and 40s that depict blacks and asians, etc. in a negative manner, oweing to the thinking of the period. Originally, the people at the network were going to run them late at night with a disclaimer, but now they've decided not to show them at all.

I think this is really fucking stupid. People are so worried that they will offend someone that they take extra steps to ensure it doesn't happen. These days, that will only offend other people. You know what? FUCK PEOPLE. If they get offended by a damn cartoon then they need to grow up. It's part of the legacy of cartoons in America, why pretend it didn't happen?

I don't get what they are so afraid of. Will there be a boycott of their station? A lawsuit? For what? There's no law against racism. And there shouldn't be. Why do people let racists bother them? If you're secure with yourself it shouldn't make a damn bit of difference. Especially with cartoons.....

I never make well-constructed arguments for stuff like this, I just try to get my point across. Hopefully I did here.
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From: kissakisagari Date: May 8th, 2001 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Cartoons and the state of the union.

No, people shouldn't be bothered by racists' comments. Racism is bothersome in it's mere existence as a high level of ignorance. And, no, the cartoon network fucked up. They are afraid to offend anyone. Too bad, no matter what you do, there is always someone to find it offensive. Be proud to fucking deviate, it shows you're alive, and thinking. And if you offend the majority, all the better. A reflection of the times they were made in, that's all cartoons are, just like movies. Racism has always been a part of the culture here, and most likely always will. Don't bitch about it, accept that it's there. Get fucking over it.
suffocated From: suffocated Date: May 9th, 2001 08:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cartoons and the state of the union.

accept that it's there? what kind of attitude is that? that's the kind of thinking that permeates far too many facets of society these days. "well, i'll just accept it since there's too much of it to do anything about." when people stop complaining about it, then it gets worse. forcing the issue on people is the only way to get anything done, even if it appears fruitless. if i shouldn't let this bother me, then what should bother me?
From: kissakisagari Date: May 9th, 2001 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cartoons and the state of the union.

The existence of racism itself is the problem, not the comments made because of it. Words brought about by it should not bother anyone, they are just words. What I'm trying to get across is that the existence of racism should be accepted, it is there, it will be there, because society breeds it. It isn't time yet for such things to be eliminated, society is not at a, say "nexus point" where it is vulnerable to change at the moment. We'll all know when it is, and that is the time to strike at it and recreate it. This is my point. Accept it at the moment, because it can't be changed. Later, it will be ripe for changing and it will be changed, because the smart and wise will raise up and make it happen. It is folly to think there's is a battle to be won at this period of time. Society is too deep-seated in it's own stagnation. Outside forces must knock it off balance before any decisive change can be made. War, Famine, Economic disaster, any of that will open opportunities for change.
evilgoddess From: evilgoddess Date: May 8th, 2001 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read an article about that on Sunday.
suffocated From: suffocated Date: May 9th, 2001 08:30 am (UTC) (Link)
did you have any thoughts on it?
maelwaedd From: maelwaedd Date: May 9th, 2001 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
when i was in grade nine, i was labelled a racist because i had a fight with an el salvadorian refugee.
she was such a bitch. i hated her despite her race, her colour. i hated her because she hurt my friends, she was rude to me, and because she was even fatter than i was then.

so sue me for hating something less superficial than race, huh?
suffocated From: suffocated Date: May 9th, 2001 08:35 am (UTC) (Link)
so sue me for hating something less superficial than race, huh?

*feigned shock* the audacity. i'm speechless. :)

you should make sure to only fight white people. that why you will be labeled a racist because you discriminate against minorities by not fighting them as well.
maelwaedd From: maelwaedd Date: May 9th, 2001 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
i can't win!!!
fuck this world, but embrace the goth scene. tareah, craig and i had a wonderful conversation dissing the welfare-dependent minorities in Australia. 'twas brilliant, and we all understood. nobody pointed the finger and called us racist. it was... refreshing. yet odd.
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