feminism with ease
February 7, 2009 § 4 Comments
…please don’t break my heart.
this reminds me a lot of your language post earlier this week, miranda. there are often very fine lines between silly mockery and injurious, offensive mockery (whether it be targeted at an individual or at a large group). some people say that any kind of jibe like sedaris’ is totally off-limits, but does that mean you have to stop loving her work in its totality? i don’t know that i have an answer to that, but i do think that everyone casts a shadow.
futhermore, i think that there is a pretty huge difference between sedaris and, say, that bridgestone commercial. The difference, as I see it, is that sedaris’ comment was intended to be a little edgy and it was not meant to be taken seriously. as someone on racialicious posted, sedaris is willing to parody and crap on everything, even herself. the bridgestone commercial, conversely, was intended to be a utopian vision (for those people who are fucked up in regards to gender roles/rights). i am not saying that sedaris should be poking fun at any racial group or other peoples, but i do think that before we ‘write her off’ we have to consider complexities like these.
You’re right, Zoe – it’s complicated. Just because Amy did something racist doesn’t mean I don’t still love her. But it strikes me that it’s even more important to point out this wrongdoing because I like her work. The bottom line? Humor needs to be edgy and provocative to be funny – but I don’t think there’s anything edgy about old fashioned racism.
[…] · No Comments After recent posts about Courtney Martin on the O’Reilly factor and Amy Sedaris’ racist comments I’ve been wondering about where we draw the line with sexist and any kind of -ist humor. It […]
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