I read something yesterday that really bothered me. I couldn't figure it out at first why it bothered me so much, but the more I thought about it, the more it dawned on me. We are moving backwards. Without getting to into everything that is going on with R. Kelly, back in the early 00's, Dave Chappelle did a skit on his show called I wanna piss on you. It was a parody, used to mock not only what R. Kelly did, but the people who were supporting him. It was, in short, a social commentary.
Now in light of the new doc-series on R. Kelly, people are condemning the skit for it's support of R. Kelly. It was a skit that used comedy to shed light on the issue and make people think, yet now people view it as support for the act itself. That speaks volumes about where we are headed as a society and it scares me. More and more we seem to lose our basic understand of context and why it matters. Humor is an important tool for dealing with ills of the world, if we remove that from our tool box we are lost.
In the name of progress we are marching back to an age of censorship. We need to be able to understand the difference between the people spreading hate and the people shinning light on it. But in an age where people dig through each others past in an attempt to destroy their lives, I fear we may have already gone too far down the rabbit hole. I hope I'm wrong, but only time will tell.
Jonathan Gutheinz vents about everything under the sun.