Aug. 7th, 2014

My tweets

Aug. 7th, 2014 07:02 am
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  • Wed, 12:45: New on CNN: You are still mocking people with #downsyndrome if you use a disclaimer to try and have it both ways.
  • Wed, 12:47: In my @CNNOpinion piece, I talk about an episode of @ThisAmerLife in which @wyattcenac made fun of the way people with #downsyndrome talk.
  • Wed, 12:47: 2) What's interesting is that he didn't just make jokes about the r-word, which is typical comedy, but tried to skate around.
  • Wed, 12:50: 3) I talk about the ways in which comedy can punch up or punch down, reinforce stereotypes or challenge them. This is punching down.
  • Wed, 12:50: 4) It's not that @wyattcenac and @iraglass are doing something terrible, but they are doing a bit that mocks #downsyndrome speech.
  • Wed, 12:51: 5) There is no disclaimer that makes it ok. No disclaimer removes the sting from the joke. The disclaimer says you knew better.
  • Wed, 12:54: 6) I have a new blog post up with extra links and a full letter from @bipolaroids - who alerted me to the issue:
  • Wed, 12:55: 7) What's going to happen now is being told, "He didn't mean anything by it." Later, after I take the kids to school, I'll say more a/b that
  • Wed, 12:56: 8) My rule: The outsider doesn't get to decide whether the insider is offended or hurt. The outside only gets to decide whether they care.
  • Wed, 12:57: "When you make fun of attributes associated w/ disability, you might as well just be shouting the r-word."
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