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Junka wrote:Truth. It seems that people pick and choose when to be offended (and it sure seems like it often comes down to who the designer is).
A)The number one selling shirt currently in the reckoning equates Africa to being a disease. Sure it's meant to be ironic but basically it has the potential to be offensive to an entire continent. It's a racist joke, even if unintended. Woot should have stepped in on that, rather than start to sell racist t-shirts. Unintended or not, everyone who sees it doesn't know the intention or the backstory. And now it's the number 1 selling shirt -- scary!
B)Another ironic type shirt on the reckoning is making a joke about nuclear bombs. Nuclear bombs are not a joke to anyone who has had it as a real threat, or to a country that still has people suffering from the after affects of such a terrible weapon. And it's expressing apathy about such a weapon. It is meant to be ironic and funny, but really being apathetic of destruction and death unless directly affecting us is indicative of the general heartlessness of people. And it has been on the chart for 19 weeks! Again, very scary.
These shirts printed relatively drama-free. Had the message of either of these shirts been by this artist or another controversial artist, it seems unlikely there would not have been a huge fuss -- as there should have been no matter who the artist with those messages, imvho.
C)Last but not least in the what-and-when-people-find-things-offensive category -- last week was an entire derby based around "madness". This allowed people to design shirts around real, misunderstood illnesses in a joking, and often ignorant way.
Extremely poor taste and offensive to anyone with a mental illness or touched by one.
Really, that derby was the equivalent of having a "cancer" derby or a "handicapped" derby or a "mental retardation derby" if you think about it. But those specific issues seem to have more attention, consideration and sensitivity now and people are more aware of them than they are of mental illness.
In conclusion-- this post isn't protecting or defending anyone, just pointing out people are selective when deciding when something is offensive or not -- or at least when they are being vocal about it.
THAT is a complete load. "Think of the Children" is not racist joke and it's not about killing babies. It's just lampooning all the "Save the Children" and "Cure for Cancer" or "Feed Africa" charities and whatnot. Dark humor? Absolutely, nothing wrong with that though, it's satire. To imply that it's racist is ridiculous.
Likewise, getting upset about a shirt with a mushroom cloud and a derby about madness is WAY TOO touchy.
I can understand why Brits might get mad about a pretty offensive word showing up on a tee shirt in the US, but they have to understand the culture difference and get over it.
It's not on the same level as you making up reasons to be offended about pretty much anything.
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"The Binge" offends me because alcoholism is a very serious illness and equating it with drinking milk cheapens the very real suffering alcoholics endure.
"Hospitality" offends me because video game violence of the sort Mortal Kombat pioneered is responsible for countless school shootings and the desensitizing of children to graphic violence.
"Some Motivation Required" is offensive to me because I am morbidly fat IRL and am unable to exercise because of my condition. If I were being chased by a T-Rex I wouldn't be getting any exercise I'd be getting killed, it's not funny!
"The Epic Begins" is horribly offensive because it's not only ignoring the horrible pain and death that toxic waste causes to millions of people around the world but ALSO depicts the death of poor innocent animals as well.
"It Came Out of Nowhere" makes fun of car accidents which is a very real problem on America's highways! My best friend died in a car wreck when I was 10, WHO WOULD WEAR A SHIRT MAKING FUN OF MY DEAD FRIEND WHO DIED IN A CAR WRECK?!?!?
"You can't just dress a Minion like Spock, and add a caption that says "Logical Me". There's a prison for people like that. Below my house."