Here's a good Dan fact: Dan casually jokes about saying a racial slur and should be stopped!
Hey, actual cool fact! That moment that you’re upset about (I’m assuming it’s the one in the best-of for March) is actually a wonderful moment. And not as much of a joke as you think it is. This culture of “EVERYONE IS A GARBAGE PERSON BECAUSE OF ONE THING” is really horrendous and you guys need to stop it. Allow me to explain.
First of all, Dan is the least garbage of garbage people, so extra knock it off. Second, that moment is a good thing. Not a joke about a slur. It’s Dan’s actual progress in unlearning saying it. Because he grew up in a time and place where it was more usual to hear it, and then grew up further around friends who dropped that word all the time. It was entered into his lexicon as something funny. He himself has even dropped that word, although it’s censored, in a couple early Grumps.
But now almost five years later, Dan merely ALMOST drops the word. And his immediate reaction is realization, not saying it, and fear. He literally says “that scared me”. That’s progress. That’s something to be celebrated. Through five years of being on the Grumps and hearing fans tell him what hurts and what’s not cool to say, he is slowly unlearning gross behavior. That is all you can ask of a human being. That they unlearn things that are not okay and that they understand that they hurt people. Dan is a very bright example of that.
So instead of “hey guess who’s garbage” or “guess who we should be mad at forever today”, let’s instead go “oh Dan had a bad moment but he self-corrected and is obviously learning from past bad behavior”. Because I saw that moment as nothing but good and proof of Dan’s willingness to change beyond behavior that some of you think makes a person “forever garbage”. Which is usually almost never the case. So knock it off. Thanks.