Proving once again that the concept of a ‘sense of humor’ is totally lost on the outrage-mongers.
I’m beginning to feel sorry for these little snowflakes — they have no sense of humor whatsoever.
What a dull and dreary life they must lead looking for offense in every corner while not being able to laugh at anything.
Humorless students at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, are hyperventilating over a nearly 40-year old Saturday Night Live skit by Steve Martin.
You remember — waaaaay back when Saturday Night Live was actually funny.
The video (available on a teachers’ website called ‘Teacher Tube’ was played in a humanities class to ‘spur discussion’. Unfortunately, the students were so triggered by the bit that they demanded that the entire course be made optional and alternative course materials created.
The group primarily upset about the video being played in class, Reedies Against Racism, is comparing Martin’s comedic song to the use of the N-word. The Atlantic spoke to members of Reedies Against Racism to get a better idea as to why they are upset about the King Tut song from 1978.
One member of Reedies Against Racism told the Atlantic the song is “like somebody … making a song just littered with the N-word everywhere.” She went on to say that the Egyptian clothing that the backup dancers wear is racist as well. “The gold face of the saxophone dancer leaving its tomb is an exhibition of blackface,” she said.
Watch comedic genius:
Sorry, that’s just funny.
It’s funny because it’s silly.
Note that the issue these students have isn’t with the historical inaccuracies, it’s about racism. You’d think college kids would at least mention that. But no. It’s not that Steve Martin said that King Tut was born in ‘Arizonia and moved to Babylonia’ or that he ‘died for tourism’, it’s that they used ‘racist stereotypes’ akin to ‘blackface’.
And this group that is taking offense is pretty fierce. They use intimidation tactics to get their way.
Reedies Against Racism also released a
lengthy list of demandswhich includes a paid day off for Reed staff to boycott the very college they’re making demands to. Another demand was that the university host “mandatory conferences for building race sensitivity for staff and faculty.”Reedies Against Racism also demanded “the creation of particular scholarships for black students.” Students also want the school to host an “Annual anti-oppression workshop for all students, faculty, staff, and administration.”
According to the Atlantic, Reedies Against Racism commit to political activism on campus like sit-ins to achieve their goals. The protests associated with the group are described as “visually striking” and reportedly included signs that say things like: “We demand space for students of color,” “We cannot be erased,” “F*ck Hum 110,” and “Stop silencing black and brown voices; the rest of society is already standing on their necks.”
Source: Washington Examiner
But, an assistant professor of English and Humanites at Reed has had enough. Lucía Martínez Valdivia describes herself as a gay, mixed-race woman, penned an article in the Washington Post about the on-going protests regarding the Humanities program at Reed.
At Reed College in Oregon, where I work, a group of students began protesting the required first-year humanities course a year ago. Three times a week, students sat in the lecture space holding signs — many too obscene to be printed here — condemning the course and its faculty as white supremacists, as anti-black, as not open to dialogue and criticism, on the grounds that we continue to teach, among many other things, Aristotle and Plato…
…Some colleagues, including people of color, immigrants and those without tenure, found it impossible to work under these conditions. The signs intimidated faculty into silence, just as intended, and these silenced professors’ lectures were quietly replaced by talks from people willing and able to carry on teaching in the face of these demonstrations.
She laments the lack of nuance in the ability to have even small differences of opinion.
I’m guessing I would disagree with Ms. Valdivia on many things, but I cannot disagree with this succinct and clearly expressed statement:
No one should have to pass someone else’s ideological purity test to be allowed to speak. University life — along with civic life — dies without the free exchange of ideas.
In the face of intimidation, educators must speak up, not shut down. Ours is a position of unique responsibility: We teach people not what to think, but how to think.
Source: Washington Post
Dear Reed College students,
First, get a sense of humor.
Second, if you can’t, then just stay away from Steve Martin’s comedy altogether. It will really upset you.
Like this opening scene from his movie ‘The Jerk‘:
Or worse, this scene that actually uses the N-word (LANGUAGE WARNING):
Frankly, you little Snowflakes, that movie clip where Steve Martin beats up racists is pretty awesome. And funny. Yes, it did have the ‘N’-word but that was the point. It was offensive and Steve Martin took offense. It was a push-back against skirting around fair housing laws at the time. You’d think you’d applaud Martin for bringing it to the forefront and calling it the racism that it was and is.
How do you not get this?
Perhaps Reed College could have the outraged students pen an essay on how Steve Martin’s comedy in the late 1970s improved race relations.
Or perhaps how ‘identity politics’ and promoting racial segregation is hurting race relations today.
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