Is Stephen Colbert racist for parodying the Redskins charity for Native Americans with the OBVIOUSLY SATIRICAL "Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever"? I say no--people are just dumb as shit, and satire that deals with race is hard.
Yeah, but hiding behind the banner of “it’s just satire, you’re oversensitive” is where you show what kind of person you really are. Apologizing costs you nothing, COMEDIANS.
UPDATE: Honestly, people. All I’m saying is, digging in and calling a bunch of (pretty misguided) people stupid for not getting your joke is some arrogant bullshit. It costs you nothing to just say, oh, I see how you could be offended, here’s the full context, and then, you know, go back to your shit. Instead, spending all your time arguing that you’re never wrong or that things can look bad out of context means you’re a bad person.
"Why not ask whether heterosexuality exists? Are there truly people out there who are so disgusted by the same sex that they’ve never had a dream, a thought, a moment of desire for another person of the same sex? If so, why do these people have such a revulsion? Is it cultural? Is it biological? Both? We take heterosexuality for granted, but we still don’t know if it truly exists. All primates (with the exception of humans) are bisexual. Bonobos and chimpanzees especially. In human societies that are not corrupted by homophobia or biphobia (see Greeks, Canaanites, and various modern tribes), the people are bisexual. I think heterosexuality should be assumed to be a cultural invention until proven otherwise."
The Walmart/McDonalds employees are paid so low because there positions require a minimum 1 month of on-the-job training. Just about anyone can get hired at these places, because ANYBODY can do it. The Walton family started their own business and got where they are at by working hard and taking big financial risks. If you want things, you have to give. Not giving but taking is called selfishness. If you want money you better know something most other people don't. This is called personal value.
Oh, stuff it.
The Waltons would be NOTHING without those food stamp eligible workers a the store level, who get the shelves stocked and customers cared for. The Waltons, at this point, aren’t doing anything to sustain the business.
As far as giving and taking, what the fuck is working retail and food service if not giving? Have you ever worked that sort of position? It’s grueling. It’s physically demanding. It’s taxing on your time and resources, especially when managers pull shit like scheduling you to close one night and open the next morning.
And you’re expected to put up with it for $7.25/hr??? Please.
And then you get food stamps to help supplement your substandard income - food stamps being a program that YOU ALSO PAY INTO WITH THE TAXES TAKEN OUT OF YOUR OWN MEAGER PAYCHECK - and you get called “lazy” and “a taker”.
God, fuck that.
Meanwhile, the CEO of the corporation you work for accepts MILLIONS of dollars in corporate welfare. And pays himself millions upon millions of dollars. And nobody bats a fucking eyelash. Because that’s the acceptable kind of welfare.
Go do a basic Google search on corporate welfare, then get back to me about “not giving but taking” and selfishness.
Obviously there’s a need for those workers. People need to eat, our culture determines that certain meals are eaten outside the home, and that we shop in certain types of market, and so on. The skill level is irrelevant. There is a need for that work to be done. Therefore the workers should be paid in an amount that allows them to do that job a humane number of hours a day, safely and reasonably and securely.
To suggest that people deserve to starve or suffer because the jobs they work don’t require a certain level of ‘skill’ is inhumane and disgusting and anyone who claims a thing like that should be ashamed of being such a shitty human being. This is not Animal Farm. Some animals are not more equal than others. You, no matter how much skill your work entails, are not more entitled to a living wage and a safe work environment than any other human being.
And let me tell you, as someone with a university degree, now a working writer, who regularly worked retail and food service in the past—there is a lot of skill involved in quickly and efficiently and cleanly serving the public. It is hard work, it is physical labour, and it is valuable. Someone who is serving you in some way is doing so because you are not doing it for yourself, they are your proxy for that task, they are equal to you, they are not your servant or your serf or your inferior. If you went into a “high paying” profession in hopes of being deemed a “more equal” animal, you have failed.