StoneToss: Episode 35

Comic Name: Dressed Up
Description: We’re back online after a few site issues. Good to be see you all again, welcome!
Mouseover: What a drag. Get it? hue hue hue.
Image Name: cultural-appropriation-comic.png
Originally Published: 8/9/2018

What The Comic Is: A trans girl stands her ground, asserting to her father that she’s a girl now. The father, in angry objection, fires back that no son of his will be a cultural appropriator. 

What StoneToss Actually Thinks: That identifying with a gender that is not your birth sex is the exact same as cultural appropriation (taking something, like a piece of clothing, in this case from one gender or culture and appropriating it for yourself) and therefore liberals are hypocrites for decrying cultural appropriation while supporting the legitimacy of trans identity. 

Why It’s Fucking Stupid: I find that StoneToss repeatedly needs infantile things explained to him. Maybe this is because he’s intentionally acting like he doesn’t know any better, all for the sake of justifying his own bigotry. Maybe he is just genuinely stupid. The world may never care. Anyways, what we have here today is a comic where StoneToss is mistaking gender identity for culture and skin color. Comparing the two, he tries to reveal a hypocrisy (that, as usual when he tries doing this, does not exist) that the same people who prop up trans rights are also the same who think cultural appropriation is bad.

Cultural appropriation, as a concept, is when a member of one culture adopts the customs or other elements of another culture. By itself there’s nothing really wrong with this, and the sharing of ideas is how all cultures and people grow. So, for instance, no one thinks it’s wrong when a man begins to identity as a woman and begins wearing dresses. This is because gender is wholly different from culture to begin with (even if cultures possess their own gender subsets), but it’s also because that trans woman is now identifying as a woman. So in a meta way, it can be seen as not being an appropriation at all, since the trans woman is a woman and therefore doesn’t have to appropriate ‘female culture’. This is, of course, if you aren’t a raging bigot who doesn’t recognize trans people.

The neutral term “cultural appropriation” has kind of turned into something most people feel is naturally negative, and has skewed many people’s views of it one way or the other. In reality, complaints concerning cultural appropriation are generally reserved for tasteless or outright offensive appropriations, such as tacky Halloween costumes or tone deaf fashion trends, to say nothing of things such as black face (a form of cultural appropriation that enters into the territory of full on racial oppression; offensive costumes of Native Americans would be a similar version of this). In StoneToss’s comic, the father is supposed to mock ‘ultra libtard’ rhetoric, comparing intolerance of oppressive cultural appropriation to a father who is intolerant of a gay or trans son; like “look, you guys are actually intolerant of trans people because you’re intolerant of cultural appropriation hahaha checkmate checkmate checkmate LIBTarBS PWNEd1111“.

It must really be comforting to honestly believe that if you win an argument in your head, it means you win it in real life.

Comic Name: Shhh…
Description: Hands Off.
Mouseover: Daily reminder: hate speech is free speech.
Image Name: censorship-by-the-left-comic.png
Originally Published: 8/21/2018

What The Comic Is: “Normal Folk” are shown to plug their ears. “Leftists” are shown to moosh people’s lips together.

What StoneToss Actually Thinks: ‘Normal’ people choose to not listen to things they don’t want to hear, while leftists choose to silence people they don’t want to hear. 

Why It’s Fucking Stupid: Hey, remember that time when an auditorium of Trump supporters and conservatives cheered wildly while Trump himself directed the rally’s security to throw out a group of Bernie supporters into freezing winter weather, specifically while stealing their coats from them? I guess you aren’t ‘normal’ unless your method of “plugging your ears” involves theft and being unsafely ejected into dangerous temperatures. But then, given how the end of Trump’s 2020 campaign went, was it really out of the ordinary for the man or his supporters to leave people left stranded in the freezing cold?

This is also specifically a comic about Twitter bans (as the people are light blue, representing Twitter’s primary color). Twitter is not a public forum, it is a private website owned by Twitter. They can choose at any discretion who or who does not get a voice on their platform. StoneToss styles himself as an ultra libertarian, except for when it doesn’t suit him, making him lean more towards identifying as a pro-dictatorship type of person than a ‘personal liberty for all’; but StoneToss is wildly fucking stupid and deluded so is this really a big surprise? 

Hate speech in the US has repeatedly been protected by the Supreme Court, meaning that a citizen has every right to speak in hatred against other people. This is only stopped short of inciting any violence or crime (i.e., it’s okay to say “JEWS WILL NOT REPLACE US” but you can’t say “EVERYONE KILL ALL JEWS”; or at least not until the new SCOTUS passes some new legislation, I guess). However, it’s also someone’s personal liberty to, you know, object your hate speech. Again, StoneToss is a Libertarian, but only when it suits his bigotry. 

The right to be a bigot = AMERICAN FREEDOM.

The right to be intolerant of bigotry = LEFTIST HELLSCAPE.

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