April 4, 2014 Leave a comment
(via: Taiwanese Animators)
Apparently this issue is still being discussed and since whitey is too white to talk about it, I, a fellow Asian American, will. While I understand that technology is catapulting change, it still perplexes me that people can obtain fame by pounding out 140 characters. Suey Park has accomplished this, and she has made her name by browsing the internet and looking for things to get offended by. I like to think there are more productive ways to use the wonderful interwebs; like job searching, score updates, and watching porn. To each their own, I guess.
A common problem with some modern day activism is that the activist opinions tend to outshine the actual cause they fight for. Whether that is intentional or not, it does little in producing any productive conversations. I do get a sense that they’re more concerned about their voice being heard than solving anything they deem detrimental, and often their indignation is directed at something so inane and so bland, the rest of us just shrug are shoulders and mutter, “Okay, so you’re offended? So what?”
Now shifting back to Suey Park. Although we’re all in accordance that Suey understands satire, cause she’s a writer after all, I don’t believe Ms. Park understands how life works. She imagines she can construct an idea without putting much thought into it. Park is free to express her views but she shouldn’t believe her opining is rebuttal free. Anyone who expresses their opinion is at risked for being judged — for better — or for worse, and while I grasp trolls add nothing beneficial to an argument, that doesn’t dismiss legitimate critiques. This is where terms like “check your privilege” is hurled out because there is no substance left to argue with.
I have no issue with Suey being offended by jokes, but what’s her thesis exactly? Ban words? Ban unfunny jokes? Should we adopt her vernacular? Should we only laugh at what she views as funny? There’s no need to fret, Asian Americans are fine; we (not me, unfortunately) have been paving progress for many years despite discrimination.
If I can give Ms. Park some unsolicited advice: Accept the world for what it is and not what you want it to be.
That doesn’t mean you can’t seek improvement and change, but don’t let external opinions affect your internal peace. Especially jokes, because they’re not the same as personal statements, and to quote the late great comedian Patrice O’Neal, “Funny jokes and unfunny jokes come out of the same birth.” The intention is to be funny, whether we like it or not.
(via: Franck Alcidi)