NPR discussed “Hipster Racism” with our own Kyria Abrahams, Jezebel’s
Dodai Stewart Lindy West and Racialicious’ Andrea Plaid. The short version is: Kyria slayed.
Here’s the long version…
Accusations of racism have become so ubiquitous, they’ve diluted their meaning down to nothing so, in a desperate plea to breathe life back into their dying cause, the PC left is re-inventing the brand. Now it’s called “Hipster Racism” or “Ironic Racism” and many of us are guilty of it without even knowing.
Fortunately, sunlight is the best disinfectant and nothing shows the sheer idiocy of this whole thing more than a brief conversation. When pressed to give examples of this new insidious form of racism, the PC left cites the way Kyria talks to her black/Hispanic boyfriend and the lack of “people of color” on an HBO show. For this particular discussion, the host decided to choose a “racist” ad for Pop Chips that featured Ashton Kutcher doing an Indian accent.
Though the show is introduced with this example, it is abandoned quicker than you can say Peter Sellers. Without mentioning the merit of the chips accusation, the panel trudged back to the tyranny of clichés and provided zero actual examples of this happening in real life.
Here Andrea Plaid tells us intent doesn’t matter and if someone is offended, you need to listen to that person. No matter how trivial it may sound. She also tells us that race mixers are often just as racist because they are practicing fetishism.
Then she says Hugh Grant was being racist when he approached a black sex worker and said, “I like your big lips” and “I like your skin.” Plaid would have preferred if he liked the “sex worker” for her personality. I’m not kidding. Listen to it.
Here Kyria points out that people are not, in fact, running around making nigger jokes. Where are all the examples of this horrible secret racism that’s looming over us? Can we have one? Ashton Kutcher didn’t last long. What else ya got?
Lindy West comes on and says that Kyria can say things in private to her boyfriend because that’s her business. (Thanks Lindy). “But” Lindy adds, “People aren’t just saying these things in private. They’re saying them on the street … and around people they don’t know.” They are? Who is?
Then a caller says that when people say things aren’t racist, they’re racist. Kyria comes back with,
“So ..if I say I’m not racist, I’m automatically a racist and the only way for me to not be a racist is to say, ‘well, everybody’s a little bit racist and I guess I’m a racist so I’ll try really hard not to be.’ That’s not acceptable to me. I am not going to be guilted into a false confession of racism as if I don’t know what’s in my heart and mind. If I say I’m not racist. I’m not racist.”
Then someone asks why black people are allowed to make racist jokes. Andrea Plaid fields the question and in between stutters, she says Louis CK is the expert on this. As Kyria later points out, this is a strange defense because Louis CK is the guy who said he once caught himself thinking “That nigger really made the shit of my coffee” after a barista did a really good job of making his coffee. He also has a story that ends with him calling a deer a nigger for wrecking his car. Louis hates when people substitute “the n-word” for “nigger” and calls such people “faggots” and “stupid cunts.” Is Plaid okay with this level of “ironic racism” and “hipster homophobia” and “cool sexism”? If so, I’m not sure what we’re arguing about.