I hope that you are all having a well deserved break and that you are taking advantage of the time to make up any work that you may have missed! I will be checking all your blogs within the next few days – so make sure they are looking awesome!
I wanted to congratulate you all on your mockumentaries. Many of them were extremely funny as well as being thought provoking. Please, tweet them out using the hashtag: #ct101, #mockumentaries, and direct message me @chloesmolarski.
In my second class the important question of the relationship between race and humor was addressed. Last week the blog-sphere was full of media commentary now referred to as #cancelcolbert. Stephen Colbert is a Comedy Central comedian who will actually be moving to CBS soon replacing David Letterman. Colbert impersonates ironically a “willfully ignorant” (his own words) news pundit. Last week a staff person tweeted something out – that out of context was construed as being racist towards Asian people. An activist, Suey Park whose twitter handle is “Angry Asian Woman” responded with the hash tag #cancelcolbert which instigated a lively debate about twitter and humor. I am going to post some of the videos, tweets, and articles which I would like you to read and then please blog your own opinion about “#cancelcolbert” as well as your own thoughts on the topic of humor and race by next Monday.
Here is the original clip in which Colbert used a parody to critique Washington’s Redskins team name.
These are the tweets that Suey Park tweeted that trended.
Here are a couple of the articles that attempted to analyze the the outrage causing a media storm. The New Yorker, Color lines, Huffingtonpost, Salon and Time. Please do your own searches to supplement this list. Below are Colbert’s and Suey Park’s responses.