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Post by HoratioTarr on Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:28 pm

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Man appeared to have dressed up as Samuel L Jackson's in the film Pulp Fiction
But he was confronted by a fellow Tube traveller and accused of being 'racist'
Saturday's incident caught on camera by make-up artist Petra-Isabella Joli, 22
Woman tells man in video: 'Don't you think it's racist to put black on your face?'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6328241/Tube-passenger-sparks-outrage-painting-face-black-Halloween-costume.html

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Post by Original Quill on Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:41 pm

Didge wrote:Oh I have answered throughout and easily dispelled your poor views. Its why you have continually avoided my points

Calling people names is hardly debating. It's a sign that you have no answers. Your whole line of argument has been refuted and thus amounts to nothing.

Finally, you're reduced to venting your frustration. That's where you find yourself right now.

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Post by Guest on Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:46 pm

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Didge wrote:Oh I have answered throughout and easily dispelled your poor views. Its why you have continually avoided my points

Calling people names is hardly debating.  It's a sign that you have no answers.  Your whole line of argument has been refuted and thus amounts to nothing.

Finally, you're reduced to venting your frustration.  That's where you find yourself right now.  

Is that why you failed to answer my points throughout?

Invent some babble about symbolisms, based off something not comparable to this with blackface

Then backtracked and claim the charcter was led to crime due to dignity and self worth

Yep that fairly is correct to describe you as a complete dickhead

The reality is this

Its because of imbicilles like you, that the Far right is surging in support around the world and what is worse, you fail to see why

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Post by Vintage on Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:50 pm

People generally choose a character from books, films, mythology or an historical figure for fancy dress parties.
If people are going to be offended because a characters colour is used or that a particular culture is deemed to be misappropriation we may as well forget the whole thing and ban fancy dress. No more Cleopatra, Napoleon or anyone else.
Why are people preaching diversity when we are constantly faced by division - no cross culture you can't wear a sari or a sombrero unless you are Indian or Mexican, you describe yourself as Afro American, Italian American, Chinese American British Asian just be American or British.

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Post by Original Quill on Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:51 pm

Didge wrote:Is that why you failed to answer my points throughout?

No. It's because you lost your train of thought. You didn't follow the conversation, and so you ended up not saying anything of importance.

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Post by Guest on Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:52 pm

Vintage wrote:People generally choose a character from books, films, mythology or an historical figure for fancy dress parties.
If people are going to be offended because a characters colour is used or that a particular culture is deemed to be misappropriation we may as well forget the whole thing and ban fancy dress. No more Cleopatra, Napoleon or anyone else.
Why are people preaching diversity when we are constantly faced by division - no cross culture you can't wear a sari or a sombrero unless you are Indian or Mexican, you describe yourself as Afro American, Italian American, Chinese American British Asian just be American  or British.

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Post by Guest on Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:54 pm

Original Quill wrote:
Didge wrote:Is that why you failed to answer my points throughout?

No.  It's because you lost your train of thought.  You didn't follow the conversation, and so you ended up not saying anything of importance.

How does one follow gibberish?

In fact nobody has followed your point, because it was plain gibberish

You tried to make something fit, that never did, all because you lost the debate from the very first posts

As I asked you a simple question, which to this point, you have still failed to answer

How is looking like Samuel L Jackson in fancy dress from the film Pulp Fiction, a racist sterotype?

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Post by Original Quill on Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:11 pm

Vintage wrote:If people are going to be offended because a characters colour is used or that a particular culture is deemed to be misappropriation we may as well forget the whole thing and ban fancy dress. No more Cleopatra, Napoleon or anyone else.
Art is a complex subject, agreed. Add to that, it's communal in that a given art form has to be accepted by the community as that thing. But when something is simple, and clear, and it is widely accepted as a symbol by the community, it takes on a life of it's own.

Lincoln Perry's depiction of Stepin Fetchit has for years, and over many lands, been the symbol of the obsequious black man, who was slow-witted and lazy, and his blackface zeros in on that.

Let's go back to my assertion that words are symbols...you would have no difficulty understanding if I called a black man, niggah, would you? A blackface just as plainly says, I am pretending to be a niggah!

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Post by Guest on Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:17 pm

Oh goodness, here he goess again off tangent with the same gibberish

So we are back to him invoking Blackface, failng to assertain what on earth that has got to do with the character played by Samuel L Jackson in the Film pulp Fiction. Who plays alongside a similar character who is white. Thus two people who have turned to crime, no matter the ethnic group. Which is a reality that we still see to this day happen in society. Showing more and more that relative poverty is more than anything that leads people to crime, or they simple are nasty people.

Now if black people were only portrayed one way in movies Quill would have a point, but the fact is, that is certainly not the case. Hence he is arguing absurdium, to this simple case of someone dressing up as a character to a film, of which they admire. No attempt was made to use the usual racist tropes that are associated with blacks, he simple tried to look as similar as possible to the character

Hence this tired and quite frankly unfounded assertion being proposed by Quill, is what we call


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Post by Original Quill on Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:21 pm

We've been all over this. Go back and read...this time for comprehension.

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Post by Guest on Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:22 pm

Original Quill wrote:We've been all over this.  Go back and read...this time for comprehension.


I know we have been over how I am easily showing up your absurd claims

Now simple question, you have failed to answer

How is looking like Samuel L Jackson in fancy dress from the film Pulp Fiction, a racist sterotype?

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Post by Original Quill on Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:27 pm

Didge wrote:
Original Quill wrote:We've been all over this.  Go back and read...this time for comprehension.


I know we have been over how I am easily showing up your absurd claims

Now simple question, you have failed to answer

How is looking like Samuel L Jackson in fancy dress from the film Pulp Fiction, a racist sterotype?

A two page thread, and you're still at the level of asking the initial question? Pathetic. Evil or Very Mad

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Post by gelico on Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:29 pm


''What would the analogy be? If someone tattooed a number on his wrist, strung a gas mask around his neck, wore a fake long, crooked nose, and had loads of fake money stuffed in/falling out his pockets...and he introduced himself as 'Cohen' or 'Stein'. Would that be offensive?''


quill if cohen or stein happened to be a well known character from a hit book/film then no it would not be. if you turned up like that and introduced yourself as the average jew then yes.

your comparison doesnt stand up cos this was an actual character being portrayed not ''the average black man''

this whole argument is ridiculous.


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Post by Guest on Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:30 pm

Original Quill wrote:
Didge wrote:


I know we have been over how I am easily showing up your absurd claims

Now simple question, you have failed to answer

How is looking like Samuel L Jackson in fancy dress from the film Pulp Fiction, a racist sterotype?

A two page thread, and you're still at the level of asking the initial question?  Pathetic. Evil or Very Mad

You mean th very same question you have dodged throughout?

As well as countless other points I raised to you?

Run along eh and stop wasting everyones time with your made up PC bullshit

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Post by Vintage on Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:49 pm

I must say I haven't heard of Stepin Fetchit, now if I had known of this character and how he was portrayed and someone came to a party as that character then even I might be offended. I was surprised to find the man playing this character was black having thought it might be an Al Jolson kind of thing. Its all about context though isn't it.
Al Jolson was admired by 'African Americans'. You can use a character to make fun of or you can use a character to show admiration and authenticity. If people use blacking up to make fun of non whites then its unacceptable of course but I can't see a problem where its a genuine attempt to look like a character/historical person.

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Post by Original Quill on Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:20 pm

gelico wrote:
''What would the analogy be? If someone tattooed a number on his wrist, strung a gas mask around his neck, wore a fake long, crooked nose, and had loads of fake money stuffed in/falling out his pockets...and he introduced himself as 'Cohen' or 'Stein'. Would that be offensive?''


quill if cohen or stein happened to be a well known character from a hit book/film then no it would not be.  if you turned up like that and introduced yourself as the average jew then yes.

your comparison doesnt stand up cos this was an actual character being portrayed not ''the average black man''

this whole argument is ridiculous.

Cohen is such a common Jewish name that the London police used to use as a surrogate for 'John Doe' when the person was known to be a Jew. Again, a symbol. That's where I pulled it from.

The point is, it's a depiction identified by immutable characteristics, meant to disparage and ridicule the subject.

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Post by Guest on Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:21 pm

gelico wrote:
''What would the analogy be? If someone tattooed a number on his wrist, strung a gas mask around his neck, wore a fake long, crooked nose, and had loads of fake money stuffed in/falling out his pockets...and he introduced himself as 'Cohen' or 'Stein'. Would that be offensive?''


quill if cohen or stein happened to be a well known character from a hit book/film then no it would not be.  if you turned up like that and introduced yourself as the average jew then yes.

your comparison doesnt stand up cos this was an actual character being portrayed not ''the average black man''

this whole argument is ridiculous.


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Post by Original Quill on Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:50 pm

Vintage wrote:I must say I haven't heard of Stepin Fetchit, now if I had known of this character and how he was portrayed and someone came to a party as that character then even I might be offended. I was surprised to find the man playing this character was black having thought it might be an Al Jolson kind of thing. Its all about context though isn't it.
Al Jolson was admired by 'African Americans'. You can use a character to make fun of or you can use a character to show admiration and authenticity. If people use blacking up to make fun of non whites then its unacceptable of course but I can't see a problem where its a genuine attempt to look like a character/historical person.

The Stepin Fetchit character was the more clearly disparaging depiction of a black man. As his name implies, he was meant to be something of an lesser human being, as an obsequious, lazy servant.

I don't really know how popular the Al Jolson character was with African Americans, because they didn't have popularity polls in the 1920's. Maybe it was popular with African Americans, or maybe that was just pablum that was fed to the public to assuage sensitivities. "They do it themselves..." was a popular retort back when whites felt the need to defend segregationist practices.

Blackface has really become an extreme racist trope today. I can fully understand how the underlying tale of the OP happened. That would not sit well in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles today.

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