Recent comments in /f/quotes

hasbrochem OP wrote

much of this I know next to nothing about and only just recently came across MK because of what you and others have been sharing here (thanks for that), it's interesting but it's more than that when digging into histories of movements and groups.

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Freux wrote

Season 1 Michael was more douchebag but 99% of the show he's pretty much what you described. If his prejudice is defang wouldn't that do exactly what the quote is saying (de-stigmatizing) therefore the comic depiction of racism being racist?

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Dumai OP wrote (edited )

i'm not the hugest office fan so correct me if i'm wrong, but my general impression is that michael scott is broadly portrayed as a sympathetic klutz -- awkward, but ultimately harmless, right? which, overall, rather defangs (or more to the point attempts to defang, neutralise, depoliticise) his prejudice, i think.

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Freux wrote

That's interesting, I would say that the comic depiction of racism is racist but maybe it depends on how it is frame? Like The Office (US) is using a lot of inappropriate and awkward behaviour as humour. We know that it's wrong and the characters are wrong but I think there is still argument that it is racism regardless, even more when you see how weakly Michael is called out on his shit. Thoughts?

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