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    • #428975
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      There is a debate about what to do with a huge mural in the restaurant of a British museum. The mural depicts the English gentry on a hunt for exotic creatures. It includes two images of a black boy being led or dragged by a rope around his neck. It’s obviously racist, right? Any reference to black people in slavery or captivity is racist. Not so fast. A little checking on the artist, Rex Whistler, reveals that he specialized in satire. Could he have been trying to make a point or take a jab at the British aristocracy? Doesn’t matter. Nobody gets satire. Ask Randy Newman or Frank Zappa. (I linked an older article instead of the more recent NYT piece because pay wall)

      Tate Britain Gallery Assesses Racist Mural at Rex Whistler Restaurant – Eater London

    • #428978
      David the Gnome
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      I think it is important to remember our history.  I think satire is mostly a waste of time these days because of all the crazy shit that really ought to be satire but is actually true.  Nothing against it personally, but you will find many articles these days from mainstream media that immediately make one wonder if it is the onion.

      Many, many people simply do not have the fortitude to face harsh truth.  Satire (if it is any good) subtly points it out in an often humorous way.  Yet it also makes many uncomfortable.  They don’t want to be confronted by ugly images, stories, or honest critical analysis.

      For many of us, our mental health and even our careers require us to either lie to ourselves constantly – or to avoid any acknowledgement of how screwed up things really are.

      Satire is also tough these days – because it is damn hard (unless a piece is from the onion or something) to recognize truth at all.

      Ignorance, cowardice, shame.  Self justifications galore for any number of things.

    • #428989
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      No more sarcasm, well there goes 3/4’s of my utterances. Where it would go is unknown, but I think it would miss me.

      If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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    • #429008
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      are the ones least able to understand it.

      I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing.

    • #429017
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      Hell wouldn’t be the same without it!

      "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable". - John F. Kennedy

      • #429020
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        Hot enough for you?

      • #429023
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        Because I think they are the beast invention ever!

        Who are you? | What do you want? | Why are you here? | Where are you going? | Do you have anything worth living for? | Who do you serve and who do you trust?

        • #429050
          retired liberal
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          Or because they are the breast invention ever? Or is that too sexist?
          Pun are good. They give you a chance to get away, while the recipient is trying to figure it out.

          We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
          If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
          The older we get, the less "Life in Prison" is a deterrent.
          Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.

          • #429117
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            figured out how to insert 666 into my post, I would have

            Who are you? | What do you want? | Why are you here? | Where are you going? | Do you have anything worth living for? | Who do you serve and who do you trust?

    • #429113
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      there wouldn’t be much left.

      Destruction is easy; creation is hard, but more interesting.

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