Please Kill Yourself, Alex Pareene (Part 2): Mocking the Mormon
Apr 16th, 2012 by Unamused
Welcome back to Please Kill Yourself, Alex Pareene: the Series.
In his tedious screed “The coming war on Mormon jokes,” Pareene asserts his right to make fun of Mormons because their religiosity, conservatism, and general Whiteness bother him greatly. In so doing, Pareene enumerates many of the nuances of modern liberal “tolerance.”
For example, it is legitimate to attack Romney’s Mormonism because he will be “the first Mormon major presidential nominee in American history,” so Republicans should just shut up about it.
It was, of course, illegitimate and racist for Republicans to have attacked or indeed questioned Obama in any way during the last presidential election, because he was the first Black — well, half-Black — major presidential nominee in American history. Similarly, it is illegitimate and racist for anyone to criticize him now.
I invite the reader to go through Pareene’s article and substitute “Black” for “Mormon,” “Obama” for “Romney,” etc., and see how much more sense it makes. I’ve done most of the work for you:
So the people who would like [Barack Obama] to be the next president have to work to make certain arguments about [his utter lack of experience, his questionable loyalties, his past ties to such dubious figures as Reverend Wright, etc.] seem illegitimate. This process has already begun, basically, but by the end of it, everyone who has ever made a [remark critical of Obama] will be declared an intolerant [racist] bigot.
Well, I guess that strategy worked out pretty well in 2008.
… it should be quite clear that making a [chimpanzee-related] joke is significantly different from traditional [racism], which involved spreading hysterical lies about their beliefs and practices, expelling them from places, and sometimes shooting or hanging them. Once we’re at the “lighthearted japery” phase, your [race] is actually doing pretty OK, acceptance-wise.
You hear that? Other races are “actually doing pretty OK, acceptance-wise” in America, so I don’t want to hear any more whining, okay?
… I suspect that mission creep will lead [Obama’s] defenders to link all mockery with plain bigotry.
And what about Obama’s ties to Reverend Wright? Legitimate criticism?
To tie the church’s [anti-American, anti-White] past to [Obama] is unfair, because the practice was long dead by the time he was born.
Oh wait, no it wasn’t.
On the other hand, while [Obama] isn’t responsible for the church’s history of racism, it seems appropriate to ask what he thought of a doctrine that existed well into his adulthood.
I have saved the best for last:
There are people on the [radical left] who see any skepticism as [racism], though they tend to object solely to the bashing of [anyone but White people] while defending the rights of other people to, say, [insult and demean White people, discriminate against them, and even call for their mass murder]. But a [radical, anti-White leftist] movement that is going to celebrate [the “Jena 6” thugs] can’t also object to the mocking of [the notions that diversity is a “strength” and all races were created equal].
It’s times like these when the PC-to-English Dictionary starts to look less like satire and more like political science.