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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ignorance Is Hilarious: B-Side


I think I've finally found the ultimate intersection of things I regularly blog about hating: Hipsters & Bigots.

See, it all makes sense! Hipsters lurves them some Ayn Rand, and bigots like to blame poor people, minorities, immigrants, liberals, and anyone who watches CNN for all their problems, real or imagined. Hipsters like to appropriate legitimate forms of expression for their own crass consumption, and bigots like to appropriate legitimate forms of logic, science, and public figures to legitimize their ignorance! Hipsters like to dismiss everyone who isn't listening to the same music as they are, bigots like to dismiss anyone who disagrees with them.

Okay, maybe that last one is a stretch -- but still! It's like finding out that the voice of Shredder circa TMNT 1987 was really played by James Avery/Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air! (He also did the voice for War Machine in the Iron Man Animated Series.) Such random coincidences and similarities get my Saboteur Academic sense tingling. What's even more interesting is how you can find these types on both sides of the political aisle -- liberals, conservatives, radical leftists, alt-rights, et cetera.

This finally explains why I never much liked hipsters much, despite being literally surrounded by them here in SF. It also explains why the current crop of bigots creeping around my side of the blogosphere are so pathetic in comparison to the die-hard anti-Semites I grew up dealing with. Kids with inflated egos, over-privileged senses of self-entitlement, and sizable chips on their shoulders are just not that scary compared to neo-Nazis with jackboots writing swastikas on the walls of my synagogue and then looking for more little Jews to bite-the-curb.

It also explains why I never really got into Radiohead. Too many closeted racist fans lurking around behind their lyrics, apparently. (No offense to legitimate and non-bigoted Radiohead fans.)

Anyhoo, here are my prime examples for this subcultural phenomenon:

[Sofiastry], the hate. [S. (sofiastry)], the hipster.

[Sweatshirt], the hate. [Doron], the hipster.

[What Happens When Hipster Racism Meets Hip-Hop Homophobia and Misogyny], the hate. [The New Yorker], the hipster.


Cheers

19 footnotes:

Pretty Preeti said...

I'm not a hipster or a bigot (at least I don't think so ;) but I'm sick of the attitude that I have to take responsibility for what an ancestor or 2 of mine may have done hundreds or thousands of years ago!

It just doesn't make sense.

Especially if like me, you believe in reincarnation.

Zek J Evets said...

Preeti,

True, but the attitude that allows people to wear clothing or costumes based on stereotypes of other cultures & people is kinda effed-up. It also looks lame.

That said, I don't believe in reincarnation, although it's a nice idea! I'd like to come back as a puppy or a kitten, mostly so I can have an excuse to sleep all day.

Franklin said...

Did you just find out that James Avery was Shredder, Zek?

pretty preeti said...

It looks lame but so what?

Come on! People dress up as all sorts of things, and have you heard of Kreayshawn?

Mira said...

The problem with wearing clothes is appropriation of other people's culture. In the era of globalization (and glocalization), it's difficult to escape it, and I guess many people do it without realizing what it truly means.

But basically, it's quite disrespectful to wear clothes that is seen as highly spiritual, rare or restricted to certain members of a community for the "lulz", so to speak.

This is a blog addressing those issues:

http://mycultureisnotatrend.tumblr.com/

(it's about Native Americans, but can be applied to other cultural appropriation as well).

Today's people are not personally guilty of what happened in the past, but they are responsible for their own actions. It's easy to see how some things are hurtful and offensive when you're privileged, but to the people in question is a big deal, and rightfully so.

Zek J Evets said...

Preeti,

Haha, no I hadn't till I googled it after your comment.

Mira,

I feel much the same about Matisyahu. Sure, he is actually Jewish, but he's definitely NOT Hasidic. You have to be born into Hasidism. There is no conversion or joining up. But in reality he dresses that way as part of his overall aesthetic, in part to sell records and in part to sell himself. It's not that I don't think he has a right to do it; I just find the whole thing culturally insensitive and distasteful because it promotes certain stereotypes in our popular subconscious. Much in the same way showing rap videos on BET solely consisting of booty-shaking and money-throwing sends a negative image into the popular subconscious of White people as to who/what Black people are.

Haha, or maybe that's a little too academic? ; )

Zek J Evets said...

Franklin,

Yeah, I kinda did! >_<"

Eurasian Sensation said...

An ex-gf of mine, who is Indian, and her mother once wandered into this shop that sold accessories for hippies and bohemian types. On the counter was a display of bindis, which were apparently cool back then in those social circles. The girl behind the counter saw their interest and was enthusiastically explaining to these two Indian women how totally cool it was to wear a bindi, and how they should get one, with apparently no awareness of the irony involved.

"It also explains why I never really got into Radiohead. Too many closeted racist fans lurking around behind their lyrics, apparently. (No offense to legitimate and non-bigoted Radiohead fans.)"

No offense taken, although it does seem to be an odd reason to deprive yourself of a band who have released two of the greatest albums ever ever. (I'm talkin' "The Bends" and "Ok Computer".)

Actually I'm not a huge fan, but appreciate a truly great album or two. Thing is, every artist, even the most awesome, has plenty of fans who are dicks. (In fact the coolest bands often have the most dickish fans, since said fans are all-too-aware of their coolness and thus become more dickish.) And some of the most awesome people have shocking taste in music. I'm a total music snob, but in my personal life some of my dearest friends like nothing better than to listen to Celine Dion. So I've discovered that judging bands by who listens to them, or judging people by who they listen to, is not generally a good path to enlightenment.

Pretty Preeti said...

"It's easy to see how some things are hurtful and offensive when you're privileged, but to the people in question is a big deal, and rightfully so."

Who's priveleged and who's not is arbitrary. We are all priveleged in some ways and not priveleged in others.

As far as the Indian women and the bindi seller, so what?

The bindi seller has no obligation other than doing the job she gets paid for, and that is selling stuff like bindis.

Besides, I'm Indian and I know how much pride we Indians feel when aspects of our culture are appropriated by "the west".

We love it.

Zek J Evets said...

Preeti,

Fair enough. But I think it's also fair to say that not all groups, and certainly not all people in those groups feel the same way. For me, I don't mind people adopting Jewish styles into pop culture -- it's whatever. But some Jews take it very seriously, and feel that it's disrespectful.

And honestly, the appropriation of cultural styles always seemed to echo (for me) a sense of how people often attempt to appropriate slurs that are used as slang by people from certain groups -- such as how the n-word is used in its various incarnations.

But I digress... the overall point for me is in this post isn't the fashion aspect so much, but trying to hide "bigotry" behind a facade of "coolness".

Unamused said...

I wanted to see your post where you cry and whine about Sofia, and I noticed something funny: you've been blogging for well over 3 years, and you've scraped together just over 40,000 views (and you're real proud of that, aren't you?).

On the other, I've been blogging since late January, and I've got 113,000.

Why? Because everyone knows that blacks are usually unintelligent and highly criminal, and they're annoyed that they're not allowed to talk about it.

Mira said...

Who's priveleged and who's not is arbitrary. We are all priveleged in some ways and not priveleged in others.

Of course. But cultural appropriation of this sorts is one way to show your privilege, even if you lack it in some other areas. For example, white women are women, and they lack male privilege. That doesn't make them immune to cultural appropriation and racism.

I am not saying it's bad to ever, ever, ever use something that's not
you culture's heritage; after all, borrowing, adapting and reshaping were common things in history.

But to be insensitive about other people's feelings, and to disrespect them and their culture because you're too self-obsessed to even think about how they feel - that's a bad thing. Same goes for appropriating significant religious or sacred items and ideas and using them for fashion and hipster purposes.

Zek,

Making fun of your own culture/ fitting into stereotypes so the dominant group would accept you (or buy your product) is yet another story.

Zek J Evets said...

Unamused,

Haha, oh silly rabbit. The reason you have 113,000 hits is the same reason traffic builds up because of rubber-necking.

People love to see a big ol' mess ; )

But 113k views, whew! Good for you. Would you like a cookie, or a pat on the back? Because I honestly don't care about my total views. I care about more important things -- like having a life =P

Oh! And regarding Sofia, well, you notice I barely mention her. But then again, I have had my doubts about your reading comprehension...

Cheers

Herneith said...

"you've been blogging for well over 3 years, and you've scraped together just over 40,000 views (and you're real proud of that, aren't you?)."

Whippty fucking do! Maybe he blogs because he enjoys it. He is not competing for 'viewers'. If you are blogging in order to get more viewers and compete with other bloggers(and not getting paid), then you are a fucktard of the first, second, and third order! On second thought, maybe you do have an inordinate amount of time on your hands. Is that due to your high BS quotient, being lazy and shiftless, or both? To smart to work? Seriously, you think like a ten year old.

"On the other, I've been blogging since late January, and I've got 113,000."

There are plenty of drunkards with time on their hands with not much to do, over in the States. When you are drunk and cross-eyed, you don't really give a shit as to what you are really reading, it's all good. Shit, you could be reading a label on a soup can and you would find that 'profound' when in a drunken stupour!

"Why? Because everyone knows that blacks are usually unintelligent and highly criminal, and they're annoyed that they're not allowed to talk about it."

I love talking about dumb people and criminals! Fortunately for me, and perhaps unfortunately for you, stupidity and criminality knows no group or colour! You exemplify both traits as you are criminally stupid!

Franklin said...

Unamused, are you ACTUALLY bragging about page views? What are you? 12? Just to put things in perspective...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofV_iFBw2YE

Over 1.3 million people have viewed this video. That must mean it's something so unbelievably brilliant that it's inspired the minds of so many, right? Right? No...

I can just hear it now...

Hurr! But Dat's Youtube! Everybody goes dere!"

Fine...

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/269210-wrong-ball-the-10-worst-nut-shots-in-sports

144k views 9 posts. Which is very similar to your site. Looking at your page views and then factoring in just how little people actually post on your site (including different aliases of those other than your cheerleaders), it's apparent that your site is crap.

(See? I can equate correlation with causation like you dishonestly do too.)


Your blog is nothing more than "The Intellectual Version of a Fart Joke". Don't equate high views with "people caring about/respecting what you say, or taking you seriously". You also have page views, because you spam other boards with your moronic blog like it's going out of style. But then again you're someone who obviously, not to mention desperately, seeks validation by whatever means he can. From an anonymous internet crowd, that's just sad. I guess it's to remedy the obvious lack of attention you get in real life. Which is the increasing case for all over-opinionated, "misunderstood", social outcasts that have discovered what "blogging" is. But I'm sure this will roll off your back, because "You're a winner, I don't know what I'm talking about!"

Zek J Evets said...

Franklin,

Funny you mention correlations and causations! (Check my next post for why.)

Herneith,

Hilariously on point per usual =)

Eurasian Sensation said...

@ Unamused:

113,000 views! Wow, you are fucking awesome. You should get that printed on a T-shirt. I bet you'd pull all the chicks - you probably do already.

Next, really rub salt into Zek's wounds by showing him how you have more friends on Facebook and MySpace too.

Sheeeet, I dunno how Zek can live with himself.

Mira said...

Is this turning into one of those "who's got bigger" moments? :D :P

Zek J Evets said...

Mira,

I think it was about to, but then my lovely commenters headed Unamused off at the pass before he could start whipping it out to show everybody ; )