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The Lazor thingy: Racism much?
« on: April 20, 2010, 12:02:06 PM »
We may have a racism problem, concerning the Blackface.

It's being determined that something "firin their lazor" is racist,  and has become a problem both in Dragon Adopters and on deviantART,  where it is still an ongoing argument.  It centers particularly around this, in case you are not familiar with it.


While Blackface is a tradition that has it's roots in the 19th century,  it still maintains it's presence here in the 21st century by one means or another.

Who knows? Maybe 75% of the forum might  have used such a thing,  and were told that we're being racist.  It's not a statement that I agree with,  but it's what I'm told.

We need to have a policy put in place,  if this is racist,  that would mean that we cannot post ki'y kats or anything else with the eyes and laser-coming-out-of-the-mouth or use the coined phrase "firin up mah lazor" or "chargin up mah lazor",  since according to a friend of mine,  it is banned on other sites as well.

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Re: The Lazor thingy: Racism much?
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2010, 01:59:37 PM »
Man that's not racist at all |:
I hate when people do that stuff, "OH HIS FACE HAPPENS TO BE BLACK, THAT'S SO RACIST! BECAUSE HE'S BLACK!!"
If he was white it was different? wouldn't it be racist too? That's just  -cuss- stupid seriously..

It really shouldn't be banned like SERIOUSLY, I know i'll be pissed. :\
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Re: The Lazor thingy: Racism much?
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2010, 04:58:06 PM »
um... how is that racist at all? is it really like muffin said we're it's just 'because his face is black'? if so, i find that completely absurd. so... yeah.
« Last Edit: April 20, 2010, 11:18:13 PM by Vasha »

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Re: The Lazor thingy: Racism much?
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2010, 10:35:15 PM »
@Vasha - Muffin, not Raxus

I can't see how that picture is racist. I abuse the racist joke when someone mentions color, but it's as a joke. I honestly don't believe that racism is a funny idea, and I don't believe it was the author of the image's intention.

'Sides, Piccolo is green, not black :\
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Re: The Lazor thingy: Racism much?
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2010, 11:19:07 PM »
whoops, i seem to do that a lot...

well, yeah, he's green, but his face is black (still think it's stupid)

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Re: The Lazor thingy: Racism much?
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2010, 11:43:53 PM »
I will never support that this is racist! I hate people who say that everyone is racist! -cuss-

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Re: The Lazor thingy: Racism much?
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2010, 03:36:55 AM »
Personally, I prefer to be on the safe side (being quiet by not mentioning this). I am not sure if this one really racist, or not, although there are many who say yes.

@Shinokishi:
Aye, it came from the dragonball Z character:
http://hubpages.com/hub/Internet-Memes-Shoop-Da-Woop-Imma-firin-Mah-Lazer
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/shoop-da-whoop
But the blackface seems to have been intentional~

Memes can be tricky, it seems. I never used those gifs (basically, because usually I'm too lazy to post gifs >_>; ). I think most of the people who use them are not aware that it can be considered racist. I think the offense is unintentional. People can be offended by almost anything, after all. In Italy, they say that people have a tail of chaff.


Well, it did come out of 4chan and that, in and of itself, explains a lot.  Many say that majority of the people there simply do 'not' care about the feelings of others or the connotations of the things they say or do.

And then somehow the rest of the Internet jumps onto the meme, whether they understand it or not.

http://forum.ebaumsworld.com/showthread.php?t=166607
http://www.gamespot.com/forums/show_msgs.php?board_id=314159273&topic_id=26069645

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Re: The Lazor thingy: Racism much?
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2010, 06:49:24 AM »
People that think this is racist are oversensitive, we shouldn't and mustn't stop doing something that IS NOT racist just because someone thinks it is..(and it's far away from being racist)
How is that supposed to be racist anyway? |:
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Re: The Lazor thingy: Racism much?
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2010, 11:26:59 PM »
Honestly, memes cause unnecessary things. Though the whole "Everyone in Gensokyo is gay" thing didn't spark much, even though it is a meme.

@Stardale - 4chan is the home of pedobear, right? I can see how people would get the wrong idea from that.

And I do think that most offense in the world is often unintentional, but it shouldn't spark to something like this.
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Re: The Lazor thingy: Racism much?
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2010, 03:39:00 PM »
It looks like whoever made the original edit just wanted to make a carcass for Cell's face to put the mouth at, and black was just the default colour to use.

I wish they used the colour yellow instead. I would love for people to stereotype me as capable of firing lazers from my mouth.

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Re: The Lazor thingy: Racism much?
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2010, 04:04:38 PM »
It looks like whoever made the original edit just wanted to make a carcass for Cell's face to put the mouth at, and black was just the default colour to use.

I wish they used the colour yellow instead. I would love for people to stereotype me as capable of firing lazers from my mouth.
LOL. Yeah that's what I had in mind too.  8)
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Re: The Lazor thingy: Racism much?
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2010, 08:33:20 PM »
If it were red, they'd say it were racist against against Indians.... Et cetera. The solution: Turn it blue!

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Re: The Lazor thingy: Racism much?
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2010, 08:33:36 PM »
Mm, I guess
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Re: The Lazor thingy: Racism much?
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2010, 08:48:58 PM »
If it were red, they'd say it were racist against against Indians.... Et cetera. The solution: Turn it blue!

*sarcasm on* What if we meet an alien species which is blue? Would it be anit-alien then? :D *sarcasm off*

All jesting aside, such accusations are laughable. It's like grasping at straws, looking for racism everywhere...for what purpose? :-\

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Re: The Lazor thingy: Racism much?
« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2010, 06:29:13 AM »
This problem reminded me Czech famous author for children  from 19th-20th century named Josef Lada (death for a long time. :() was accused from being racist, because main character of one of his child stories Kocour Mikeš is beaten by Romanies.
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