Quote: Originally Posted by mt_pockets1000
No you can't. Laughing at your own inadequacies and insecurities is one thing. That is acceptable, especially if you initiate the exchange. But fingering others with mean-spirited, nasty verbage meant to demean and humiliate your target just so you can feel good about yourself is not acceptable. Someday you'll get it....
Who said anybody was even doing that?
I hear jokes about Maritimers, people from Nova Scotia, jokes about people who come from Irish and/or Scottish heritage, jokes about white people ALL THE TIME
..... And even in these forums over the years, I've heard plenty of other members in here taking jabs at people from the Maritimers as being nothing but leeches off of the government, mooching off unemployment and having no desire to actually work (Which I suppose explains why so many from here sacrifice being with their families and children to work in Alberta to do all the jobs nobody there wants to do, because there's no jobs around here)
Then there are others who have no ill intentions to actually offend someone but just want to toss a little joke their way..... not to somehow feel better about themselves, but just for a simple laugh.
I have no problem with people tossing crap my way, especially if they don't mind it coming back at them.
In the end of the day, do you really think a light-hearted joke is going to seriously ruin someone's day, let alone the rest of their life?
If you get offended by someone cracking a joke, then speak up, let everybody know how much of a prude you are, and more often then not, those around you will heed your request....... usually not out of respect, but just so they don't have to listen to you whine anymore
Quote: Originally Posted by shadowshiv
I disagree. Wearing a Nazi uniform, no matter the intent, hurts people. Dressing up as a lynch victim, how is that not hurtful? It isn't necessary for the intent to be there. Actions can be hurtful nonetheless. Were their actions criminal? I never said that they were. However, they were stupid. The two men in question agree with that assessment.
Some things should not be Halloween costumes. This was one of them.
So with that frame of mind, I can say I find it hurtful and degrading that so many people attempt to dress up like Irish as if they're actually Irish to begin with and use St. Patrick's Day as an excuse to get drunk, smash things up and get into fights..... because after all, "that's what all Irish people do?"
Maybe I should go to the government or the courts and have the whole thing shut down, or make it illegal for people to depict the Irish if they're not actually Irish, because they're being ignorant and racist.
^ My point being is that dressing up as something is not actually the problem.... it's the intent of the individual who's dressed up that matters the most and it's their intent that differs between something meant as a joke, a joke in bad taste, or supposed to be deliberately offensive and meant to degrade a particular group of society.