So with all this Jontron business goin around, I think we need to talk on the topic of slurs and stuff, specifically:
1) What is a slur and what makes it worse than a garden-variety swear (ie fuck, shit, etc) or insult (ie stupid, piggish, etc)?
2) Why is “retarded” a slur and what are its implications?
I have no idea if this will gain any traction, especially now that the drama’s calmed down a bit, but whatever here we go!
So what’s the big deal about slurs that gets everybody up in arms? There’s other words out there that aren’t polite and can hurt people’s feelings too, why don’t people care about those? I feel that even a lot of the people who themselves avoid slurs don’t fully understand exactly why they’re bad.
The difference has to do with the structure of power in society.
Imagine you work at McDonalds. A customer comes in and orders a burger without pickles and receives a burger with pickles by accident. They scream at you, call you all sorts of horrible things, even after you apologize. If you try to defend yourself, you are reprimanded or possibly even fired. Why would any one act like this to anybody?
See, when you get the job, you’ve signed a social contract that so long as you’re working, you lower yourself socially in return for money because people like to pay to feel empowered. People tend to only push around easy targets, or in other words, those lower on the social ladder. In this case, you.
In this case, you have solace in the fact that when your shift ends, you can pick up your social standing at the door.
When you are female, disabled, or otherwise a minority, you can’t just take off your uniform and regain social standing. It’s a full-time deal.
Which gets me to my point: Using a slur is asserting your power over an individual who doesn’t have the social standing to fight back. And we know that this not some subtle thing either, because of all the racism that still exists in our society that’s ignored, the one sure-fire way to get people to think you’re racist is by using racial slurs.
It’s not just because you hurt someone’s feelings.
It’s not just because it’s not politically correct.
It’s because you were born into a social caste by random and you’re using those born in a lower social caste to reaffirm your power over them at their expense.
So when put into this context, it’s not that far of a stretch to see that “retard” is a slur.
Think of someone you really don’t like. Think of them saying something “retarded” or just even something you think is stupid. If you’re like pretty much everyone else I’ve asked to question to, you’ll think of them speaking with a deep, groaning tone, and using “durr” a lot. You may even bring your hands up in an awkward position to push the point home.
You are mimicking someone with a mental disability at their expense. The worst thing about it? Most mentally handicapped literally can’t speak up against it.
In this society, how we treat the mentally handicapped truly is a travesty. This normalized speech only indicates how deeply entrenched our hatred is towards them is. The mentally handicapped are at a significantly higher risk of rape and homelessness, or are left to fester in horribly under-funded psychiatric hospitals.
So in the end, is what Jontron tweeting the end of the world? Not really, but god, is he being such an asshole. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have bothered with this if I hadn’t read a bunch of people complain about the lack of anyone trying to educate as to what’s the problem. Even then, I highly doubt anyone supporting Jon is going to change their mind.
At the very least, I hope someone can find some sort of value in this post.
CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW SNK HAS CANNON LESBIANS
AND A CHARACTER WITHOUT A CONFIRMED GENDER
THE 104TH’S TOP GRADUATING SOLDIER WAS A WOC
THE TOP TEN GRADUATES WERE ALMOST EQUALLY MALE AND FEMALE (4 girls/6 guys)
AND NOT ONE OF THE FEMALE CHARACTERS IS AT ALL SEXUALIZED IN THE MANGA OR THE ANIME
FOUR FOR YOU SNK
YOU GO SNK
let’s not forget
You ever notice people call Japanese people “white” unless they want to gush about Mikasa then suddenly Japanese is PoC
Don’t forget that the author of SnK is a holocaust denier and approves of the Japanese war crimes against Korea and thinks Korea should be thankful for them :V
Oh and a couple of those images are edited/fake and one of the bits of info is twisted out of context, but I’ll let y’all guess which is which.
Where did you read that he was a holocaust denier? All I’ve found is a tweet from him saying that Koreans didn’t have it as bad as the Jewish did during the Holocaust, which isn’t the same thing.
I mean, good for you for pointing out the hypocrisy (lol at people thinking that a Japanese creator making the ONE JAPANESE CHARACTER the best fighter is ~*~progressive~*~), but you shouldn’t be spreading stuff that’s not provable either. :/
havanaise-in-e said: I loved that Link animation! Really nice work. :D Do you play the cello as well?
Thanks! And yeah, I used to, a long time ago back in high school. But the name came from when I was making a Gnome character in WoW and I needed to come up with a really silly name.
Anonymous said: Hello! I absolutely adore your work! As you mentioned in your recent advice about college and animation you encourage exploration (which I COMPLETELY agree with). I know my college for one is extremely rigid and doesn't offer much freedom to explore... I don't expect you to have all the answers so no pressure, but I truly would love to know what sort of advice you would give to someone struggling to find their right place in the animation world. And perhaps colleges that offer more freedom.
Hmmm, my advice would depend on what you mean by ‘rigid.’ Is your school a more classical art school, or is it really tech-focused, or are there a lot of required classes, or what? You don’t have to tell me the exact school, but more details would help me help you! Oh yeah, and what area are you wanting to go into?