Oct 06 2013

Threats, no; jokes, yes

It’s ironic. On the one hand we get Facebook going “no, a page that threatens a named college student is not a problem, we won’t take it down,” and on the other hand we get the LSE student union going “omigod tshirts with Jesus and Mo cartoons on them, you have to take them off or get out immediately.”

Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong - completely backwards. Death threats and passive-aggressively veiled death threats are the thing to resist. Cartoons that make jokes about the tenets of religions are not the thing to resist.

It’s so simple. Do try to pay attention.


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  1. 1

    You are demanding the impossible. Assive-paggressively backwards.

    It’s so simple. Do try to pay attention.

  2. 2
    Al Dente

    So the question “Should we kill Mohammed?” is either both a joke and a threat or not a joke and a threat. Could FB and LSE get together to determine the answer to this existential question?

  3. 3

    You’re willfully missing the point, Ophelia. The joking Facebook titles refer to women. The t-shirts, on the other hand offend real people. I mean, at this rate next you’ll be posting in favor of a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Women, or something. Come on. Get real.

  4. 4

    Real people, as opposed to women, as in Jesus and Mo?
    Has anyone even jokingly threatened to kill them? On a t-shirt?
    Some may have stuck’em in a toaster, evidently, but come on, get real yourself!

  5. 5

    Oh, should have added quotation marks around “jokingly”, of course.
    Also additionally came across this rather apropos, albeit also late, too: http://xkcd.com/1250/

  6. 6

    (Um, milsson, I don’t really have to put snark tags around sarcasm, do I? Not here, right?)

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    Ophelia Benson

    Ah quixote don’t forget that some people post that kind of thing here without the sarcasm.

  8. 8

    Crap. Right, snark tags it is in future.

    Without any joking, I’m so blown away by what the differing reactions mean for how some people view women that I’m having to pick my jaw up off the floor. It’s worst when the perps are doing it out of extra-carefully considered super-thoughtful mega-progressiveness, like the LSESU.

  9. 9

    I’m confused about why they changed their minds and removed it. Was it the asking about suicide?

  10. 10

    @ quixote, sorry I misread you; the comment did surprise me.
    I probably ought to use more snark-tags myself.

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