notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

"White Guy Survivor"

What is taboo? In recent times, I feel like we have moved into a post-PC era, where ideas and topics once vilified by the liberal vanguard are now again fair game. In particular, it seems as though we've made great strides towards a more comprehensive and truthful dialect regarding the state of racial tension in America. Do you agree? What I want to know, specifically, is do you find the following clip offensive?

Putting aside the question of whether or not the bit is funny, I'm curious to know how many of you summoned your righteous anger as soon as Mr. Burr opened his mouth. I caught this stand up routine on late night HBO following a heated episode of Real Time with Bill Maher in which one of the guests stated that "calling someone a racist is the worst accusation you can make." I beg to differ, because honestly calling someone a rapist is much worse than calling them a racist, and there's only one letter difference between the two. Throw the word "child" into the mix, you're looking at some serious lingual damage. On the other hand, I take the point. RACISM has become the big cheese of modern offenses. Has our sensitivity to the matter outgrown our willingness to admit the truth? Can we not joke about the fact that members of different races are frequently uncomfortable around one another?

I'm also curious to know what you think about 30 Rock, which arguably features two of the most stereotypical black archetypes of television history. It has also turned the central character's racist worldview into a running joke. So is the show progressive, or regressive?

The fundamental question I've been toying with is this: is politically correct motivated anger nothing more than a luxury of privileged white middle class guilt? Or should the trend towards sanitized egalitarian discourse continue, thereby stamping out any and all flashes of prejudicial language such as the kind propagated by the likes of comedian Bill Burr?

For the record, I'm torn on these issues, which is why I'm posing the questions. Help shed some light...