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Elon James White
FYI: This is the exact opposite of stepping up. Yes I know it's a joke. But also white folks ignore shit all the time & surprise! We here.
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Elon James White 18 Aug 17
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So y'all gonna "it was a joke" me to death when the ignoring of racism & oppression leads to my community's continued suffering? Cool.
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Elon James White 18 Aug 17
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Is this the awkward point where I remind folks that I'm a comedian or nah?
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Elon James White 18 Aug 17
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Since some of y'all are real mad that anyone critique this bit by SNL & Tina Fey, let's break down the "joke" shall we?
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Elon James White 18 Aug 17
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The premise of the bit is that if you're feeling frustrated and such about these hateful marches go buy a cake and eat your feelings.
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Elon James White 18 Aug 17
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And as you see all the bullshit, don't speak out in counter protests. But instead yell at the cake. While eating to soothe your anger.
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Elon James White 18 Aug 17
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There isn't any mocking about what inaction looks like. There isn't any jokes that ignoring this shit is dangerous. She says IGNORE them.
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Elon James White 18 Aug 17
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So while the idea of eating ones feelings is funny (I have a couple of jokes about that myself) the idea of inaction is never mocked.
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Elon James White 18 Aug 17
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Not only is inaction in the face of Nazis/white supremacists suggested, she reinforces this seriously at the end of the bit.
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Elon James White 18 Aug 17
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Where exactly did she satirize inaction? She gave voice to some folks frustrations but actively said say nothing. And not as a joke.
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Elon James White 18 Aug 17
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Now you can argue that it's SNL and should all be taken as a joke. And fine. But when the joke is literally the main problem we're having...
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Elon James White 18 Aug 17
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Then yes, people will critique it. Inaction is why the marginalized are still oppressed while white folks KNOW it's bad, but do nothing.
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Elon James White 18 Aug 17
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The bit allows for a catharsis for the large amount of people who sit and do nothing but it feeds into the overall problem. That's the issue
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Elon James White 18 Aug 17
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Anybody wanna explain the "joke" to me again or nah?
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Elon James White 18 Aug 17
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If Fey af any point would've said "so stay home and eat this cake, because that's how we stop Nazis. By doing nothing. Wait..."
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Elon James White 18 Aug 17
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But that would've undercut the message of the bit which was simply "don't feed the trolls." Let Nazis march alone. LITERALLY HER POINT.
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Elon James White 18 Aug 17
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I'm legitimately surprised at how many of y'all are invested in this thing that's "just a joke." Y'all *need* it to not be problematic.
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Elon James White 18 Aug 17
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You'd rather argue that Fey had some faux deep meaning in the joke than accept it plays into a long held American tradition of inaction.
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Elon James White 18 Aug 17
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I get Fey's point. From her perspective she was horrified at the violence she witnessed at her alma mater & would hate to see it spread.
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Elon James White 18 Aug 17
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So her message was to "not feed the trolls" by not counter protesting which then would mean no violence in her eyes. And that's the problem.
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