I am Matthew Spencer.
This whole discussion hand wringing about criticism and social gaffes around vegans is ridiculous. Veganism is about ethics and actions, not feelings. If someone decides not to use animal product, the onus is on them to live up to those ideals, not for the whole entire to give them hug. Of course the whole sausage taunt thing is childish, but its moral significance doesn't add up to much beyond that.
What about 7-11? $15,826 buys a lot of hot dogs, and you can get free chilli cheese.
You figure right in that you are patronizing, Jason. I'm well aware of the historical depictions of black people, so your presumed enlightening was not needed. Believe it or not, you do not have to be stupid in order to assume that the chimp is not a direct comparison to Barak Obama. For one thing, the chimp doesn't look like Obama. I've always assumed that caricatures, racist or otherwise, have to bear the likeness of the person they are directed at. Secondly, Obama was not the only one who wrote and supported the stimulus package, and not even the only black person to do so. Understand that black people are not the only ones who have been compared to apes. You can visit www.bushorchimp.com if you don't believe me. Anyway, the scribbling of some hack at the New York post really that important? Considering that besides being a black man Barak is (rightly) the most powerful man on earth. Do we need to protect him from a cartoon?
Racist against who? Chimps?
The whole debate about bobos and hipsters is completely tedious. This there anything more bourgeois than fretting about minute demarcations in status? When people begin to talk about these things all sense of proportion flies out the window. Suddenly the snot nosed rich kid down the street is the harbinger of the apocalypse, and your aunt's neurotic obsession with her carbon foot-print is downfall of western civilization. Who decided these things were important? Tsing Loh is no better. Her entire state is going bankrupt and the issue that presses on her mind are the man children in Silver Lake. The student loan market is in crisis and she talks about the fake prols at Harvard Lampoon. Again, where is the sense of proportion?
Lets get real. Unemployment is at a decades level high. We're fighting two wars (remember them?). State governments are out of money. Charity and social services are in the same situation. And we're here debating the importance of distressed jeans and bike culture. I say fuck all that. We have more pressing, more adult issues to tackle.
Out of all the original Trek cast member's, Takai is most articulate and interesting to here. Best of luck to him and his husband.
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