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Topic: 4) Fair game (1 of 4), Read 101 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, January 20, 1999 02:28 PM

Monty DiPietro, of Tokyo, Japan, writes: "A few years ago a TV commercial for a Mexican restaurant in Canada was attacked because it featured a trio of sombrero-wearing idiots that, it was argued, were an insult to the good people of Mexico. Meanwhile, a concurrent airline commercial featuring a stereotyped British upper-class dim-wit escaped criticism.

"I currently work with an improv comedy group in Tokyo, and after a recent show another member of our group, who is gay, complained about my playing a flaming homosexual character in one of our scenes. I am not insensitive to this kind of thing, but when I argued that he (the other actor) had pulled out a dumb jock character during the same show, he replied 'that's different,' suggesting that it was okay to poke fun at a jock. What concerns me is that permitting stereotyping of some types implies that they are above it all, hence better.

"I wonder if we couldn't come up with a word for those people who are generally regarded as fair game for ... can we call it 'ribbing'? For example: a snobby Frenchman, the tragic-romantic Italian, the white nerd, the anal businessman, and so on."


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Topic: 4) Fair game (2 of 4), Read 81 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Mark Harris (mth1234@yahoo.com)
Date: Friday, January 22, 1999 05:21 PM

caricatype - caricature of an archetype.

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Topic: 4) Fair game (3 of 4), Read 38 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Heather Robins (hrobins99@hotmail.com)
Date: Wednesday, February 03, 1999 02:46 PM

There is a word for those people who are considered fair game for jokes and unflattering lampoons. The word is: lucky.

We don't have much trouble making fun of people who are rich, good looking, physically strong or politically powerful.

It is distasteful to most of us when the butt of a joke is poor, ugly, physically disabled or politically powerless.

There are many among us who like this sort of joke and might even be considered a category of people who are fair game if it weren't that most of them are pathetic in their own way.

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Topic: 4) Fair game (4 of 4), Read 36 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, February 03, 1999 05:31 PM

Good point, Heather. Thanks.

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Topic: Fair Game (1 of 2), Read 53 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Bill O'Connor (billoc@brinet.com)
Date: Sunday, January 24, 1999 06:54 PM

caricatype is a good start, but a swishing, limp-wristed gay is also one. So it has to be sliced thinner. Maybe caricoppressor?

Do we also need another fugitive...for crimes against disfavored groups, you know love-crimes? The penalties for love-crimes would of course be less than those for either crimes or hate-crimes. This also neatly (since we all agree on who everyone is) leaves crimes to be only valid against members of groups who are neither favored nor disfavored.

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Topic: Fair Game (2 of 2), Read 52 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Sunday, January 24, 1999 09:59 PM

Sliced thinner? Then maybe cappicoloppressor?

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Topic: Fair Game (1 of 1), Read 30 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Bill O'Connor (billoc@brinet.com)
Date: Monday, January 25, 1999 11:14 PM

Sounds delicious, if you include some fava beans and a nice ChANti.


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