Why should it matter?
Why should anyone, regardless of gender, race, sexual preference, religion, etc. be placed and categorized? Much less be trapped in endless stereotypical jokes all their lives, simply because of sheer ignorance?
In a perfect world, we would have equality and complete tolerance. Imagine being able to drive down the street and not having to worry about being pulled over because of typical bad profiling. Where you could go to a party and not listen to everyone speaking broken English to the Asian couple because they think it’s “OK’ because they’re friends. Saying you’re Catholic and not hear about another child molestation quip, let alone an Atheist judging you across the room.
Sadly, we’re still living in a world without equality, let alone respect.
All my life, I just wanted to be treated equally as any other person with a beating heart. To send off my portfolio and resume without using a pen-name so it doesn’t get tossed out.
I just wanted to draw and entertain people through Tumblr, yet for some reason, everyone wants to know my gender. For what reason? Honestly, why is it so important that some people on the internet had to even de-rail an entire post on Reddit speculating on my gender and my sexual preferences?
What difference does it make with the piece of art in front of them?
My gender shouldn’t change their opinion of the art or any of my work or the works of other artists.
Yet, it does maybe for some closure to assign a stereotype and judge me.
Would it make them more comfortable to masturbate to my drawings if I was a girl? Would it bring closure to all the cooking of food recipes I made myself because gender stereotypes dictate women usually cook? Or maybe I’m just another fake gamer girl attracting notoriety and attention?
Of if I was a guy, maybe I’m a flaming homosexual because gender norms dictate pink is a girl’s color let alone the love for musicals? That my preference in men, women and body types clearly say I’m a confused transgendered with weight problems?
I’ve got a great sense of humor, but maybe that’s part of the problem. When someone tells the same stereotype joke over and over again. Instead of smiling and laughing so we don’t look like humorless dicks, maybe we should actually say something.
What a concept.
Media & Satire
I’m sure almost any movie goer can agree that it’s a travesty to see a Michael Bay film racking up millions after millions based on punchlines and jokes centered around reinforced stereotypes. Feel free to count all the racial stereotypes in all four Transformers films. While I realize this is a popcorn movie franchise, Michael Bay isn’t doing any favors to these ethnic and minority groups.
These films reach a pretty big audience. Believe it or not, there’s an entire world beyond the people you encounter on the internet. Each of these people and more importantly, children are subjected to countless stereotypes in these films. If the original Star Wars trilogy could entertain millions of children, I’m sure you could drop the Black jokes here and there.
This is why it’s nice to have Gran Theft Auto and Saturday Night Live to a certain extent. They’re basically making a social commentary on just how screwed up our society has become. Not saying every aspect of their execution is perfect, but you have to admit, it’s pretty eff’d up when it’s so on point with everything wrong in our society.
Portlandia is another great example of satire in our generation. Anyone living in Portland will usually chuckle at how true things are, but for everyone not from Portland, the jokes get lost in translation.
I’m sure this was one of the reasons why David Chappelle stopped his own show during the mid-2000s. Stupid and ignorant people stopped viewing his show as a satire and actually told stereotypical jokes as though as it was OK. That it was OK to make fun of minority groups because a celebrity did it first.
I guess that’s the problem with satire. Once it becomes popular, the wrong people misinterpret it. Often the uneducated.
What I want people to take away from all this is to say something. Don’t just laugh at a bad joke you’ve listened to for the past 21-years of your life.
It’s not OK when your friend’s making fun at the transgender at the bar.
It’s not OK to tell your girlfriend to go make you a sandwich in front of your friends, hoping for a laugh.
It’s not OK to tell someone a blonde joke thinking it’s their first time hearing it.
Stereotypes aren’t funny, let alone placing and judging people based on said stereotypes. Satires open up dialog and conversation for such issues. If done properly, it criticizes people’s stupidity, yet these same stupid people misinterpret the message and makes it worst.
Instead of labeling people and judging people based on stereotypes, we should be focusing on their work and actions.
The best thing to do is to teach people and especially children, the importance of respect for other minority groups and equality for all.
Regardless of gender.
Maybe someday, your child won’t have to live in the same screwed up world you live in now.
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