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Threshold of Offense and Empathy

so this cracked article: http://www.cracked.com/article_20584_the-5-most-absurdly-offensive-theme-weddings-ever-planned.html brought on a heated debate in the comment section on whether or not these entries are offensive. Here is my take on it:

Just because you don’t find it offensive, does not mean it’s not offensive to other people. Conversely, the argument: “just because some people find it offensive, does not mean it’s offensive, grow up and stop being sensitive!” contradicts it self. Youre basically saying “Im not taking the offended party into account because i think they dont have a high tolerance like me.” Its generally agreed that if a large population find something offensive, then it is offensive, and clearly, a large part of the comment section finds these entries offensive.

And I’m sure the majority of the people who’re actually part of the cultures being bastardized in these entries wouldn’t be too happy either. Dont you think Jewish people would be offended if they see these over-privileged and desensitized kids wear the uniform of the people that once massacred 6 million Jews just because they think the uniform looks cool?
Wouldnt Native Americans be offended by how these people turned 600 different, diverse native american cultures into a stereotype of: “a lot of feather, leather, fur and spears” while the modern Native American culture is being marginalized, with the tribal lands in the U.S becoming a very dangerous place (one of the highest female rape percentage of any ethnicity in the US) partly due to these stereotypes? Im not even gonna include the fact that these people might be descended from the same people who stole the native’s land and killing so many of them.
The same goes for the rest of these entries. Im asian and I’d be offended as hell if people have a internment camp style wedding just because they like the architecture of an internment camp or a post-nuke-Hiroshima style wedding. Wouldn’t many Americans be offended if some where, people have a 9/11 themed wedding? At the same time, some people might go “urg stop being sensitive America!” but they didn’t lose friends and family in that tragedy so they wouldn’t understand.
Many people also don’t seem to understand that the threshold for pain and anger and sadness is different for different human beings, and different depending on the situations as well. One thing that may not hurt one person might hurt a lot for others. Some people call kids who commit suicide after being bullied “pussies” because they couldn’t stand up for themselves, but these people just have a stronger ability to take abuse than the kids. They might never have even have suffered from bullying.

I don’t think we have as much of a right to judge whether or not these weddings are offensive as those who actually are being affected by them. However, we could still try to empathize and have a personal, subjective, view point of whether it is offensive to us by putting ourselves in their shoes. Just saying “urg I don’t find it this offensive, people are so overly-sensitive” is almost ignorance because to you, these might not be offensive, but to people who are actually being affected by these bastardizations of their culture, it might be.

Honestly if Sasshi getting 1st in the election bothers you, don't pay it much attention. A lot of people seemed to have forgotten that it's only for 1 single... only 1. After it's over they'll go back to pushing new gens and Mayuu into our faces :) Also, did you see Yuko laughing her ass off, she wasn't even upset.
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yeah I know, ofcourse I like AKB48 (and other branches) so I’ll still support them with Sasshi as center. I just keep on feeling Yuko and Mayuyu deserve it so much more. People say if I think so, I should research on Sashi more, but I’ve been doing that since the last election and there really is nothing much to see about her imo. She has a straightforward and bashful manner that doesn’t seem fitting for center, not like Yuko’s awesome. I don’t even find her that interesting when she host HTK48’s show and her interviews are meh. Not to mention the scandal. 

. And I know Yuko was lol-ing her ass off (as was everyone else) but still…

annaptw:

Aki Takajo satu satunya perwakilan dari JKT48 :)
Meskipun turun peringkat tp Aki tetep sugoii 
Aki menyebutkan kata “terimakasih” (dalam bahasa indo) di akhir komentar nya :)

Seeing Akicha (my oshimen) crying while Sae was on stage is extremely sad

annaptw:

Aki Takajo satu satunya perwakilan dari JKT48 :)

Meskipun turun peringkat tp Aki tetep sugoii 

Aki menyebutkan kata “terimakasih” (dalam bahasa indo) di akhir komentar nya :)

Seeing Akicha (my oshimen) crying while Sae was on stage is extremely sad

I don’t get it.

I have nothing against Sasshi, but I really don’t get it. I just don’t think she can hold a candle to Oshima, or Mayuyu for that matter. She doesn’t have their interesting personality or idol look. She’s never even play any important role in AKB history. Not to mention she broke the rules with her scandal, and was reinstated even though others who’ve caused scandals were kicked out.

How did this happen?

 

PS: Some people is telling me I should research Sasshi more, but I’ve been doing that since she got 4th last year, and to no avail. She never stood out on variety (and I’ve seen A LOT of their variety. I like her Wota drumming though), and she has some interesting things to say during interviews but I don’t think that’s enough to put her in center since other’s member have said just as interesting things.

And saying “she rose quick in rank” or “she’s got a popular personality” isn’t an answer. It’s the the reason that I’m asking this.

I dont get it.
>break rules
>get in scandal
>acquire first place

MEETANNNN get in here

I dont get it.

>break rules

>get in scandal

>acquire first place

MEETANNNN get in here

erryone be laughing.

erryone be laughing.

Mariko’s graduation’s a great move to her, but along with Tomomi and Sayaka graduating and Sae leaving AKB48, I feel like the first generation is ending now.

That said, looking at the faces in the new generation, I really don’t think they can fill the shoes of the first gen. The first have been so entertaining, with so much chemistry and personality.

blackkashiwagi:

I must admit I’m a huge fan of AKB48’s Kami7. (I exclude Sasshi, since she’s from HKT)

Yuko: Talented actress, funny, charismatic, pervert

Mayu: Perfect idol-type

Yuki: Lovely voice, strong-independent type-idol, black-hearted

Mariko: Troll level:too damn high, fashionable, eldest-sister of 48 group

Minami: Wise, powerful voice, Shokantoku (who can beat this?!)

Haruna: Pretty, hot, fashionable (I can’t think any else of her but hot…)

Tomomi: CM queen, don’t give a fuck-face, great dancer

A question, what if all Kami7 members graduate next year? what can AKB48 do without its Kami7?

Toppled

"Doesn’t matter where she ranks, she’ll always be a pillar of AKB." Guardskill

"Doesn’t matter where she ranks, she’ll always be a pillar of AKB." Guardskill

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