But I never want to depend on continually kicking people who are already down to do what I do.
TreeRooster: Perhaps the blogger's analysis is wrong, and Corbett did not intend at all to put a transvestite doll in a negative light.
yeoz: But, the sentiment expressed by the original comment is still awful, because it's a joke made on the basis of comparing one terrible thing with another somehow-more-preferable but apparently-still-terrible thing.
nadawi: louis ck stepped into the fray by tweeting support. he could have kept his mouth shut and no one would want anything from him in relation to this topic.
wobh: I felt a profound relief when I arrived at the party, unharassed (and, thinking back, probably unnoticed). I safely arrived home in the same costume too. Nonetheless, overall, it was an enlightening experience for me and gave me a sense of the world as it looks under constant fear. The experience reminded me of the always lingering anxiety from having a bully in the neighborhood who could suddenly turn up anywhere to make the nicest day miserable.
How much more humiliating would it be just to let somebody err in ignorance for ages, only to find out later that they have inadvertently been insulting people for years?
Wait? I can't use the phrase colored people for black people? I HAVE BEEN USING IT FOR THIRTY YEARS AND BEEN WRONG? WHY DID NOBODY TELL ME?
Well, they thought you might get huffy and leave. We just can't trust people to be an adult about this, and our need for support is so enormous, and our supporters so shallow, well, we just can't afford to alienate anybody, even accidentally. That guy over there still uses the n-word, but every so often he sends a check for $10 to the NAACP, so we're not going to say anything to him.
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