Dominus wrote on 2023-09-01, 12:59:
Ok, sure, I’m disagreeing but it’s not an issue I care at all about. So you do you
Thanks for your understanding. I didn't mean to make a big fuss about it, whatsoever.
It's just.. When you see such a new change happening you say to yourself "Really?! Owww. Not again! *sigh* 🙄"
That's what I felt. I was just annoyed, not angry or upset in anyway. Just annoyed.
By main concern is something else - loss of tolerance.
Back in the day, there was dark humor that would nowadays be considered to be racist, misogynist and sexist.
It wasn't exactly classy, but people understood that it was meant as humor, as a side blow, maybe as a hidden sign of affection.
Not seldomly, the person making the bad joke would get a matching response and both had a laugh.
After that, when the situation has calmed down, the first person may even apologize for the bad joke or the stereotype.
This has changed. In these days we're living in, people can no longer cope with insults or unfriendly jokes. The reactions are much more drastic.
For example, let's take an early cartoon in which African or Caribbean people are being represented as cannibals (there was one Tom&Jerry episode doing exactly that).
Typically, in good old cartoon style, everything was being shown in an exaggerated form.
Back in the day, this exaggeration was being recognized and understood by the audience as a parody.
Some people laughed, some were mad/hurt, some found it gross, to some it was thought-provoking.
Humor and parodying was meant as a mirror of society.
It was not seldomly used to make people aware of certain things, to trigger emotions of compassion or guilt.
And to some people, it was a tool to mentally process traumas.
Such a cartoon, as I just mentioned, was racist at first glance.
On second glance, it made people "wake up", make them sensitive for a certain topic.
It touched a topic that otherwise wouldn't have been reached the audience via TV.
In case of cannibals, the problem with the bomb tests on the Biki*i isles, maybe, not sure.
Now, how are the reactions nowadays ? Commenters on YouTube (from the US, seemingly Edit: also from EU, we're no exception I think) are totally upset about it.
Interestingly, people of color who are actually being affected here, aren't acting in exactly same way.
Some respond with disapproval, some are neutral (don't care), while others do find it a bit funny, actually.
Long story short, people of today will rather feel offended and response with hate and anger.
They don't try to relax the situation by using humor anymore or by making fun of themselves.
This will result in an increase in social cold, in which people will have a protective attitude all the time.
In which every innocent laugh they may hear around them makes them feel being laughed about.
And that's what worries me. The ever increasing number of "no no"'s in daily life.
Another thing is increasing censorship, as such. Here in Germany, there was that great book burning in 1933, in which Jewish books were burnt because they weren't "pure".
The world doesn't need censorship, it needs education/explanation, I think. It needs more people that learn to deal with something (also for their own sake, to be able to mentally recover).
Which involves calling things by their name vs whitewashing of words. Educating kids about historic swearwords and events instead of hiding these from them.
Explaining why they went out of daily use and how/why they hurt groups of people so much. Make people understand each others.
Because, in the end, truth comes out anyway. So it's better to learn to cope with things and learn from bad things, so they won't repeat themselves.
Anyway, I don't mean to start a debate here. I seriously just try to explain myself here.
It's really difficult to do that these days, the culture has changed so much.
When I was little, I learned to open doors for elderly people and ladies.
It was total natural for me, I wanted to help. It was acting like any gentleman would.
Nowadays, said groups of people may feel offended, however. So I must be careful. Here's an example:
The lady might assume I see her as an old ugly woman, the young woman may think I'm a perv, the girl with the heavy shopping bags may think I question her independence.
If I lived in the US, another one might feel offended, because I assume a gender. Et cetera et cetera. 😭
And that's just sad. People assume the worst nowadays, all the time.
Edit: Typos fixed.
Edit: Formatting fixed (on PC), added 'I think', reworded a few small things, reduced text size so it won't dominate everything so much.
Edit: The text I wrote above was also in parts meant in context with ol' Leisure Suit Larry; the game was meant as a parody (Larry is portrayed as looser), not as a game to exploit women.
However, someone of today may think so. It also has that NSFW tag. In reality, to my understanding, the game primarily makes fun of men; of the player himself, if we want. It often tries to annoy/tease him.
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