Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Racism of "So You Think You Can Dance"

Tim Bob: Let's get right to it, shall we, Professor Red?

Professor Red: Certainly!

Tim Bob: Several people have really had a lol (Laugh Out Loud) moment when they read the photo caption on your latest blog entry, and I was wondering if maybe you could comment on how you came up with that caption?

Professor Red: Well, let's first explain what the photo is. It's a still capture of a scene from the show "So You Think You Can Dance," which shows a black man and a white woman "dancing"...actually, can we post a link to the picture?

Tim Bob: Sure. We can do that. [link: So You Think You Can Dance]

Professor Red: So, when you see a picture like that, the obvious caption that springs to mind is: "So You Think You Can Dance" has white women wear clown-like clothing and being subjugated by black people with whips. But, of course, that suggests the wrong sort of racism for my blog.

Tim Bob: Very true!

Professor Red: So I thought to myself, "If I were a black man who sees racism everywhere, how would I look at this picture?" And then it became quite obvious how that picture would be perceived by a mentally deficient person who thinks that everything from vanilla ice cream to hot fudge sauce is racist!

Tim Bob: And then, I suppose, the caption more or less wrote itself!

Professor Red: Yes indeed, Tim Bob!

Tim Bob: I think your comment about "perceiving" really gets to the heart of your blog.

Professor Red: You mean...

Tim Bob: Well, your blog is titled "Truth First," but the persona you've created for yourself really is far more interested in perception than in truth.

Professor Red: That's right, Tim Bob. Truth really has nothing to do with it - it's all about how we perceive things. After all, if I had to simply speak the truth, it would be much more difficult to write funny stuff.

Tim Bob: And when it comes to funny stuff, I've gotta say, you've hit comedic gold with this latest one.

Professor Red: Thanks so much, Tim Bob.

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