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tucker & dale and the instigation of internet mob culture

Re-watching Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (the parody movie where the rednecks in the woods are the hapless protagonists and its the bunch of paranoid college kids causing all the problems.)

Originally posted by maemaewolf

I’d forgotten how much the situation was escalated by the one teenager who was clearly looking for an excuse to hurt people.  The college kid that, at the beginning of the movie, explicitly declares himself a better person than those around him.

Chad.

He’s the one who tells his friends “what’s really going on here is worse than you think.” He’s the one who insists they handle it themselves and not through official channels. He’s the one who casts his opponents as “pure evil” and says “we finally have a chance to fight back without rules.” When some of the other teenagers express uncertainty he’s the one that says if they can’t handle what needs to be done, maybe they deserve to die, too.

“We have to burn this place to the ground.  Destroy it completely. You have no IDEA what this is all about, do you Allison? These freaks are evil. And they deserve everything that’s coming to them.”

I’d never realized before how closely every single plot point in the movie mirrors the way mob culture instigators will rile up the masses under the guise of “social justice”:

  1. You assume bad faith in your opponents.
  2. You declare your opponents subhuman and acceptable to hurt by any means.
  3. You discourage the use of peaceful or official methods to address the issue.
  4. You keep your followers in line through fear of the “other” and threats of ousting them into that group if they become “contaminated.”
  5. You revel in as much chaos and pain as you can inflict–

–after all, you’re the good guy.

I really resent that the extremist attitudes in social justice circles and stuff are pushing me have an immediate exasperated reaction with things that are reasonable and that I actually agree with.

I really do believe that there are definitely some social justice battles to be fought or issues that should be discussed and resolved, but lately I find myself responding almost instinctively with derision.

You know what’s good? Listening to other people’s opinions and respecting their right to have that opinion. You know what’s not good? Refusing to listen to anyone who challenges you so you can live in a bubble free from any criticism. You cannot learn or grow as a person if you live your life that way. Whether you are a feminist, an anti feminist, pro black lives matter, anti black lives matter, pro life, pro choice, conservative, liberal, or whatever, refusing to listen to the other side and dismissing any opinions different from yours makes YOU the ignorant one.

Don’t let yourself be brainwashed

take a step back. look at your beliefs, are they really your beliefs? or are they the beliefs others have led you to think are right?

the tumblr community is notorious for this! if you don’t fit the perfect mold of social justice, you like the wrong artists or tv shows, or you have beliefs that may be “problematic,” it won’t take long for tumblr to train you to think that your own beliefs are wrong.

don’t get me wrong, a lot of things i have learned on this website, particularly about social justice, have made a huge and great impact on my life. however, this summer i took a step back and realized that there are things that i “believed” that i didn’t actually think were right. there were people who i disliked only because they weren’t quite on the “approved list of non-problematic people” who were perfectly good human beings!

think long and hard about your own beliefs. use information to educate yourself, but do not let it take over your own beliefs “just because.”

tl;dr 

think for yourself and don’t let tumblr destroy your self-identity 

What if I told you...

…that people can be male and not be a misogynist

…people can be straight without being homophobic

…people can be white, and not racist

…getting offended doesn’t mean a damn thing in the real world

…other people will have opinions different from yours, and that they have a right to have it

…life is hard, and no one’s gonna be there to hold your hand or give you free stuff

…no one owes you anything

People need to realize that there are differences between men and women and that is okay.

A job that is male-dominated is okay.
That does not stop a female from working there.

A job that is female-dominated is okay.
That does not stop a male from working there.

If a character trait is more common in men, that is okay. That does not mean a woman can’t have that trait.

If a character trait is more common in women, that is okay. That does not mean a man can’t have that trait.

Gay should never be used as an insult.

Straight should never be used as an insult.

Trans should never be used as an insult.

Cis should never be used as an insult.

Cishet should never be used as an insult.

Queer should never be used as an insult.

Neurodivergent should never be used as an insult.

Neurotypical should never be used as an insult.

Autistic should never be used as an insult.

Allistic should never be used as an insult.

White should never be used as an insult.

Black should never be used as an insult.

Somebody’s sexuality, gender, mental state, or race should never be used as an insult.



Its absolutely ridiculous people say that Frisk is a racist stereotype portrayal of an Asian person, if you say such a thing, you are the one being racist, because theres absolutely nothing about them that would match an Asian person, Asian people don’t have actual long slit eyes wider than their mouth. the” -_-” face is not racist.

Frisk’s hair isn’t even that dark of a brown, and their skin is school bus yellow. not even people with jaundice have skin that yellow. Frisk has yellow skin because they don’t have a defined race, like a smiley, emoji or a lego mini-figure. No matter what color your skin is, your age, your gender, your religion, your language, you can relate to Frisk. 
 

Just look at their face, 14x10

Thats only 140 pixels. their eyes and mouth are 2x1 black pixels. you are getting worked up and accusing racism for a total of 6 black pixels. 

It’s not cultural or racial appropriation, no one owns the color yellow!

….uh okay, no culture or race owns the color yellow. 


Focus on something that matters instead of slandering a game to make yourself seem like some sort of victim fighting against a case of nonexistent oppression, you just make people with real cases of oppression get less attention. 
And no, I don’t NEED to be any specific genetic makeup to talk about this. If you said people of a certain skin color cannot participate in a matter than does not physically require any specific skin color, you are the one engaging in racism. 

You said it Flowey. If someone spreads these lies, they deserve to be publicly outed for slander and for taking the attention away from REAL issues. 

cultural appropriation is when one culture adopts elements from another culture. if I get cornrows because I think they look pretty, that is not cultural appropriation. I’m not trying to steal cornrows and I’m not saying that it belongs to my culture now. I’m being completely harmless.

I hate that lately it’s become trendy for people to be SO confident to the level where they’re arrogant, cocky, and full of themselves. What happened to humility and self-awareness?Of course you should know your worth and value; but what’s more beautiful than someone who is aware of their faults and flaws, and always working on becoming a better person.

There was a boy at my school wearing a Trump shirt.

All I heard from everyone that day was their disbelief that he would wear that. Some people said they hoped he would get dress coded. But the worst one was (said by a radical feminist): “if he killed himself, I would celebrate.”

The person wearing the Trump shirt was not embarrassing himself. Wishing someone would get dress coded for a harmless shirt, and wishing suicide on someone… now that’s making a fool out of yourself.

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Beyonce uses her performances as a platform to send a message on important social issues.

okay, real talk time.  tumblr is not a good place to develop your political consciousness.  (neither is reddit, or facebook.)   social media incentivizes certain opinions by rewarding you with notes and followers and likes, and the relative anonymity makes things even messier.

people spout opinions that are just contrarian enough to seem edgy, and then cultivate an environment where you aren’t allowed to ask questions or change your mind.  block lists, anonymous messages informing you that you reblogged a post by a Thought Criminal, et cetera…  that’s not political discussion and growth, that’s peer pressure with a fancier vocabulary.

read!  please, for the love of all that is holy, read!  read things that make you uncomfortable.  read what you’re “supposed to read”, read what you’re “not supposed to read”.  think critically, and think for yourself.  find places & forums where you can ask questions.