I wonder what Triceratops horn can do for my libido, need to get some of that!
The world cup might have been gone and the internet giant treated us this World Cup with some awesome doodles throughout the tournament: Sample some
Multi-tasking since 1998…..
Trust Zapiro to keep things interesting and tell it like it is! Think this is really what Oscar’s observation was like? The main image is clever… but the small strip at the bottom is what makes this genius
Think he has gone too far?
Justin Nurse is no stranger to controversy, and the South African satirist has announced his new play, White Guilt, which Nurse jokingly proclaims will get him “in trouble”
A pilot made an emergency landing at Heathrow after 390 cows he was transporting gave off too much heat…Genius!!
South Africans are taking twerking to new heights-funerals, really people!
He has to be as big as Norris
As we explained right below the graphic, we used the meaning of the word ‘gay’ to mean ‘lame’ – as has become common usage the world over (check it out here and here), which is, in our opinion, sick and bad-ass. Which is to say that it doesn’t make us vomit, and we don’t think it fair that we got a spanking on our booty. Which is to say that words evolve, and that times and meanings change – as any good Rhodes and Oxford graduating lexicographic journalist worth her salt should know…
- Laugh It Off founder Justin Nurse reinterprets the dictionary in a spectacularly misguided open letter about a t-shirt copyright dispute with retailer Jay Jays.
The HNIC at Mahala, Andy Davis (the jock above, holding the ice cream), then weighed in with his two cents here, which about brings us up to speed. We preferred not to cram our response on the above into 150 characters, and so took the weekend to consider our opinion, which is this:
1) We are really sorry if we hurt anyone – even, and including, Shaun from Jay Jays (whom, as it turns out, is actually gay). That was not our intention. We say this unreservedly and unequivocally. We are sorry.
2) We apologize if we really offended anyone. This was not our intention either. Our intention was, and always is, to provoke thought and to do this by trying to get a laugh.
3) We are sorry that our point was lost. We were bummed (no pun intended) that Jay Jays copied our spoof T as flagrantly as they did, and that instead of the media and public looking at the accountability of companies such as Jay Jays searching the Internet for useable T shirt images instead of employing the services of local design and creating original content, focus remained on our alleged homophobia. For us, this was a kak vibe to deal with.
4) We will take it on board that calling Jay Jays ‘Gay Gays’ was puerile and ‘jockish’ (though even that could be considered offensive to jocks), and that these means defeated our ends. With credit to Mahala blog commenter ‘Spicer’, this could indeed perhaps have all been avoided had we simply called them “Vajayjays’ (vaginas). Though, that too might have been linked to the dreaded ‘C’ word and we’d have incurred wrath from someone else, no doubt.
And what I want to say is this:
PREMISE 1: Our Bill of Rights defines the curtailment of Freedom of Expression justified when said expression extends to hate speech.
PREMISE 2: Hate speech is defined as ‘incitement to violence’.
PREMISE 3: Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.
CONCLUSION: If we all just had thick, brown, gay skins, we could all just get along and get on with things.
It is my opinion – and I am not trying to win an argument here, just stating my point of view – that the yardstick for determining hate speech is clearly laid out for us in our law: it’s ‘incitement to violence’. So blog trolls telling Justin Nurse to ‘go f#*k yourself’ is in many ways far more hateful as it is, as a directive, than us calling a company gay and it necessarily coming with all the historical baggage of the word. But let me not split ball hairs over this, or be seen to be retracting of that which we are genuinely sorry for.
My father used to say that ‘you can call me anything you like as long as you don’t call me late for breakfast’. Which, for me anyway, reminds me that words alone do not define me. What we DO in life echoes in eternity. The ‘solution’ then, must lie in establishing the intention. Was it our intention to be homophobic, to call for all gays to be trampled in a pride march? Clearly not. Our call to action was to let the owner of JayJays know what you think. And yes, we were upset and we took a cheap shot. Words and sounds, even a lack of words and sounds, can be violent, sure. But if we pussyfoot around every word with context, we’ll only ever end up digging our own hole when what we are simply trying to do is call a spade a spade.
8) I disagree with the assertion of Andy Davis et al that would only have the oppressed call the oppressed the name of the oppressed. My partner is American and he flips out every time our Asian child talks about playing ‘Cowboys and Indians’, claiming that the correct terminology is Native American. Again, it’s all about context. If I am gay and black, does that give me exclusive rights to call others fags, niggers, or bitches? On the advice of the corporate image consultants knocking at our door, I’m not even going to go near the ‘K’ word, which at its root means ‘non-believer’.
9) Words have charges. We bring even more ‘charge’ to derogatory words such as those above when we make them as taboo as we do, banishing them to the (be)wilderness of our vocabulary where they wait, like a brightly-painted elephant in the room for us to trip over, to the tune of a public outcry of ‘OMG, I can’t believe he said that!?!’ when we know that each one of us could equally have said or at least felt the same thing. Freedom of expression is just that, a freedom. Sometimes it will win us a court case, sometimes it will lose us a few fans. Part of the joy of not surviving in a cold-ass country where calling yourself Pussy Riot and criticizing the government will land you in jail, means that in the warmer climes of our young democracy we must learn to take the rough with the smooth. Self-righteous indignation is a form of censorship. Growing a thick, brown, gay skin is all the liberation you need.
Thanking you in advance for your time and consideration, Bartlett.