A lot has been made of the following video posted by a white girl from brampton (Kyla Pawis) making racist comments.
I understand why people are upset; it’s racist.
But to be honest, I laughed, and everything she said I’ve heard brown comedians say a bunch of times before.
So why are people’s panties all up in a bunch, yo?
What She Did Wrong
As far as I can tell, she is guilty of choosing the wrong medium for her message. Because she posted the video on YouTube, rather than trying the material out on a stand-up comedy open mic, it comes off harsh.
Comedians get away with much worse all of the time. And don’t give me that, ‘They’re just joking around‘ excuse. The funniest things always come from places of truth.
|Me Being Racist||Louis CK being Racist|
Please note that in both cases, people are laughing and applauding.
What She’s Missing
This Brampton student needs Professor Jagdeo. If I taugh her how to be a comic using stand-up comedy theory like:
- Tension-building premises
- Definitive click moments strengthened with the last-word theory…
…she’d get laughs at an open mic. For example,
Premise: Guys, I’m scared to go to school. There are these machines, dressed up as people, and they want to take over the world… (whisper last line to build tension)
Punchline: …They’re called Turbinators. (punchline is curt, with the joke occurring on the last word)
Tag: If you’re hearing this, you are part of the Resistance. (joke relating to previous Punchline)
Racism Is Our Brain Making Sense of the World
I understand why people got upset. I’m not mad at them because I understand that we need people to rant and rave and write articles and post videos and start asking some serious questions about how are kids are growing up and where are her parents should we blame the parents for this I mean if this is what kids are thinking right now what hope do we have to a multicultural flourishing society in the future are you kidding me I can’t believe she said that she’s dumb she’s ignorant let’s make fun of her. By doing these things, we can feel happy about moving on.
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. – JC
Thanks JC. Word from Up Above, Yo. Let’s take a breath, calm down, and recognize that we all think racist thoughts all the time. Racism is just another way our brain helps us categorize the world.
What traits do you assume he has just from that image? You see what I’m getting at.
Should we be trying to overcome these racial tendencies? Sure. But let’s not pretend we don’t have the tendencies in the first place. And let’s not pretend the thoughts aren’t there. And let’s not pretend that getting angry for a moment will make them go away.
The master of racial comedy,