QUOTE (Warlord @ Feb 27 2010, 04:31 AM)
I'm not judging what an ethnic group should do. I'm judging what every human should do. If you can't crack jokes for $50 million then you're an idiot. I don't care who you are, or what kind of jokes you're telling.
Categorizing ALL people into one homogeneous "human" group is being overly simplistic. Human beings are defined by their experience in the world which is often separated by things like race, gender, class, culture, whatever. For instance, a woman experiences life differently from a man, the experience of a working-class person is different from a wealthy person's, my experience as an Asian person is different from a white persons. You can't homogenize all those very distinct experiences into a "human" race because it dismisses those very real experiences that people in those groups live through. Human beings are a species
, not a race.
Would I do wear a ching-chong-Chinaman suit and recited ancient Chinese proverbs on national television for $50 Million dollars? Shit, truth be told, I don't know. Asians have done a lot to try and break those type of social media stereotypes that really affect how other people think of Asians. For black people breaking down stereotypes, it's like 1000X's more of a struggle, so I would like to think I could walk away for the sake of my principles and dignity. Put it this way, if I did do an Asian version of a Minstrel show, I would lose the respect and friendship of ALOT of people I know. Would I trade them for money? I can't confidently say "no" because frankly, I was never put in Dave Chappelle's shoes, which is really, my point.
Yes. He had a right to voice his opinion. That's not the issue. The issue is that he signed a contract to render his services, and he was paid handsomely to do it. He then decided that he wanted to offer services that differed, to some degree, to the ones he originally signed to provide.
That'd be like me hiring an IT guy to service my computers for 2 years, but suddenly he decides he doesn't like people calling him the IT man, and he doesn't feel comfortable when people ask him to service their computers. So he tells me, sorry dude, I think I want to switch over to valve maintenance. And I say, "Dave, what do you know about valves?"
And Dave says, "Damn it, man, this shit ain't about valves!"
And then I say, "Okay Dave, what is it about then?"
To which Dave replies, "It's about being an IT man! Everyone think 'cause I'm mister computer man, that a nigga should just show up and fix a computer whenever the white man want it. Well, fuck that! I'm in valves now!"
And I'm like, "Yeah, but Dave, we paid you for IT. We didn't pay you for Valves. We got Hobo Steve doing Valves. And you don't even know anything about valves. What if you just, you know, took some time off, and then came back to do IT for us when you're ready."
At which point, Dave goes "Fuck yo' job, nigga! Wu-Tang!" and then quits the job, breaks contract, gets high, and flies to Africa on a spiritual journey. And guys like you try to spin it like he did it out of self-respect. The man did what he did out of sheer lunacy.
Man, you tell jokes and you get mad because people are laughing "too hard?" STFU. That's just gay.
LMAO. "When Keepin' It Real Goes Wrong". I fucking LOVED that series because it taught critical mofos like me how to pick and choose your battles. When I go to community/city board meetings, some people still use the term "orientals" for godssake, but I have to bite my tongue because it would be damaging for my organization if I argued over that. But I don't think it applies to what Dave did. I mean did he break
the contract and it's a legal breach issue we're talking about or did he just not want to accept it and you think that's stupid? Ok, I KNOW you think it's stupid, but my argument, like I said above, is that it's unfair to draw that conclusion when you aren't, and never can be, in his shoes. Simply being "human" isn't enough.
I wasn't using the financial crisis to argue Dave should've stayed. I was using it to argue you're assertation that there is only so much money one need have.
Well in that case, my point still stands. I never said you don't need any
money. That's just fucking asinine. You only need enough to sustain yourself and pursue whatever aspirations you may have, even if there is a economic crisis going on. I think $50million in addition
to the millions he already made is quite exorbitant for ONE person, even in these times, but hey, that's just me.