Wednesday, January 24, 2007

PC? That's so 1992

I was in college during the rise of the concept of political correctness, for the few years before the term had changed in meaning from "language that's not racist, sexist, or otherwise offensive" to "anything that Rush Limbaugh disagrees with and why can't we just go back to the days of minstrel shows anyway because they were harmless fun". So, I feel qualified to say that using Rex Morgan to play an asian kid would in fact be far less PC than would drawing the asian kid. That is, assuming that you can draw the asian kid at all, which, as we know from the long hard experience of reading MF, is a dangerous assumption to make about Tinsley's artistic abilities.

But if Tinsley had anything funny to say about childhood obesity in China, then a depiction of an asian youth would not be viewed with outrage (although part of that would be shock at people reading a MF with a joke in it), so Bruce, get over yourself.

So I'm guessing that this is going to be fat week. I suppose I should start researching some solid stuff about nutrition. Or I could just tell you to read this book.

Be a glutton for punishment: Read the strip

4 comments:

Kaitlyn said...

He makes the mistake of believing that people will be offended by his strip, rather than amused and confused.

I wonder where he was going with the childhood obesity in China, somewhere tasteful before it was rudley interrupted by those liberal pc thugs.

He could just copy a picture of a fat Chinese kid, but we all know he's not that great at drawing real people.

GeoX said...

Actually, you may not be aware of this--because it's been a *long* time since he's ever done anything with anything approaching actual characters--but he used to have an allegedly-Vietnamese character named "Dave" with a young son named--gag--"Rush" (definitely not after the band). Anyway, the point I'm trying to make is, you would never ever have been able to tell they were meant to be Asian if you weren't told. Possibly because he wanted them to be sympathetic, and he's aware that he's incapable of drawing minorities without being horribly offensive?

It's kind of funny: he's apparently on some level AWARE that his caricatures are offensive, so he tries to draw attention away from this fact by twisting it into a joke about how PC people are easily offended ha ha--never mind that they'd have every *right* to be. Sheesh.

Kaitlyn said...

I do, I saw it at duck and cover, why couldn't have fattened up Rush?

Captain Slack said...

Anyway, the point I'm trying to make is, you would never ever have been able to tell [Dave and Rush Quat] were meant to be Asian if you weren't told.

The very same thing occurred to me in the context of the strip under discussion.

Possibly because he wanted them to be sympathetic, and he's aware that he's incapable of drawing minorities without being horribly offensive?

That'd explain it, sure. I always wondered.