By Cory Doctorow at 6:03 am Sun, Oct 16, 2011
Another find from New York Comic-Con: this epic Star Wars snark tee from Joel Watson, creator of Hijinks Ensue, a most excellent webcomic.
T-shirt: George Hurt You [shop.blindferret.com]
Really, that tired old joke again?
I think Jeffrey Rowland put it best:
“Let’s talk about rape for a moment. Rape is not what George Lucas did to your childhood. Rape is not what happens when a sports team beats another sports team by a wide margin. Rape is not what happens when your electric bill is higher this month than it was last month. Rape is when a person violates another person in the most despicable, degrading way imaginable and among the myriad of terrible things humans can do to one another, rape is among the worst. I think the casual misappropriation of the concept of rape extending all the way to its widespread comical usage is disgusting even by Internet standards. Off my chest.”
I wasn’t sure if I was reading that t-shirt right, but ok… so it actually is referring to child rape/molestation.
Epic? I _really_ don’t think so.
Xie xie… ?
Uh… you DO realize that the definition or rape goes beyond force sexual contact, right?
It also means: an act of plunder, violent seizure, or abuse; despoliation; violation: the rape of the countryside.
Or: the act of seizing and carrying off by force. (Archaic)
I don’t think the shirt has anything to do with rape, rather its about the inappropriate fondling of the original movies.
“Dictionaries.” Like those are ever right.
That indefinite humour strike you have going on, has it helped anyone yet?
Humour almost always makes the world a better place. My best friend, who’s suffered this atrocity several times, has told me some of the most heinous jokes I’ve ever heard. And by God they were funny.
I read the shirt as a way of mocking all the idiots who liken the prequel trilogy (and the fourth Indiana Jones movie) to Lucas “raping their childhoods”. As if the shirt is responding “Oh yeah? Well, show me where Lucas touched you. He didn’t actually? Well, then it’s not like ‘raping your childhood’ at all, is it?”
But maybe I’m over-thinking it.
some BB commenters make me wonder where are the good old happy mutants…
>some BB commenters make me wonder where are the good old happy mutants…
Sometimes Right-On and Up-Tight meet and have a very special kind of hug and a little while later …
It’s okay to laugh at something in a comecical setting, that doesn’t mean you forgot that it can also be a real tragedy.
You know: context is everything.
Ugh, its just a shirt, calm down. I liken political correctness to prohibition, you can’t force people to think a certain way and little lord baby Jebus above help me, I think its funny.
Is there also a cool link for people who misrepresent what you post and not add anything to the conversation beyond some link?
This might be off topic, but i have a borderline case Tourette syndrome, and when i screw up, i reflexively make verbal threats of self-rape to myself. And when i make that threat of self-rape to myself it is NOT a joke. Indeed, i am often a victim of self-rape. But sometimes I do joke with myself about raping me, and then i all have a good laugh, but then afterwards, i worry i might be giving myself Stockholm syndrome.
(its hard to get anyone to believe how cruel i am to me, because i’m really nice to myself when i know i’m being observed,)
I just think this shirt is dumb. Nothing further.
I have the original trilogy. I have the 1997 edition. I have the original prequels. I have no desire for any of the others. George did not rape me or commit any crime on my person or childhood or psyche. The movies are his to play with as he sees fit. My problem is the deleted scenes were not interleafed into the dvds. I would have preferred that to having to go back and forth. The Lord of the Rings had that version with deleted scenes and scenes for the dvds placed in order within the movies. I don’t want to talk about what Jackson cut out or put in here.
So, about the t-shirt, LOL and meh.
It was the Ewoks. Definitely. They were truly painfully bad.
Don’t you dare put Warwick Davis down! One of the greatest fantasy and SF actors of all time, his career speaks for itself.
George hurt me when someone made a T-shirt demanding when George hurt me.
The bad man touched my yub nub.
Epic? Right… I’m not offended by the shirt, it’s just not very clever or funny.
Well the dictionaries he’s referring to could be Websters, which is considered to be pretty standard. But even if you look at something more dynamic and contemporary like wordnet, you will still find ‘destroy and stripped of possessions’ to be one of many definitions for rape. The fact that someone is complaining about the word being used
repeatedly when ‘forcing sexual intercourse’ isn’t what is meant might also show that these other definitions are still in common usage.
But beside my pedantic definition crazyness probably not being niggardly enough for you, you might consider hyperbole and humor as being acceptable reasons to abuse literal definitions, irregardless of whether others couldn’t care less or not…
PS rape might also be a good word to describe the affect boing-boing through disqus has on our privacy due its requirement to allow cookies from ‘all domains’ in order to post here, sigh.
Way to overthink a gag guys. You put way too much effort in finding new ways to be offended by things.
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