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http://www.destructoid.com/how-fat-princess-is-blatantly-better-than-feminism-142394.phtml

That article is indicative proof that I could never write a "regular", scheduled column. Sometimes, there's just not a lot to write about, and to me, there's nothing worse than stretching for ideas to write about (as my last two Dreamcast reviews proved, they sucked). Eventually, I would come up with something that, oh, manages to piss on every feminist - real and radical alike - in the most sophomoric way possible, while hiding behind the shield of humour, and from a writer I typically like more often than not to boot. Surprisingly, the comments I've read have been all positive; I figured there'd be a few people pissed off, but it seems Jim knows his audience, and his audience is fucking retarded.

I'm not so much pissed about the article - it's dumb, but obviously taking the piss - as I am that there's always this perceived pressure to knock everything you do out of the park, every chance you get. This is what happens when you stretch past your comfort zone.

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shotglass
Aug. 4th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
I actually want to play that game, now, though not because of the article. The article... well, it's amusing to me, but I can see how it could be pretty offensive to others.

Edited at 2009-08-04 06:41 pm (UTC)
superbus
Aug. 4th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Fat Princess is a great game. Some of the reaction to it is dumb, but the game is great. As for Jim's article... well, he played to the lowest common denominator and hit it out of the park.
shotglass
Aug. 4th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Too bad it's for PS3, hah. When I eventually get a PS3, I'll have to pick that one up along with tons more... It just sounds like a pretty damn funny concept.
hezul
Aug. 4th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
I am incredibly fucking sick of how the media has made feminism a dirty word by deliberately focusing on the extreme side.

and oh god the further I read the more this guy needs a punch in the fucking face.
hezul
Aug. 4th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
And god, the last paragraph going "also if you're offended you just can't take a joke lol"?

DUDE, LAST I CHECKED, JOKES ARE...UH WHAT WAS THAT WORD AGAIN...FUNNY? This is just like a monkey flinging his own shit at the wall.
otosaretatenshi
Aug. 5th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
To be fair, this article appears to be intentionally ignorant of real feminism and satirical of the entire controversy surrounding the game. If he was serious, yes I'd want to punch him in the face as well, but he's not so, I don't see the big deal.
hezul
Aug. 5th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
Saying that you know you're being a sophomoric douchebag doesn't mean your failed humor magically becomes funny. It just means...you're not in denial about being a sophomoric douchebag!
otosaretatenshi
Aug. 5th, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)
I found it a little funny, and I'm sure others did. But with any type of satirical humor, it's just not funny for everyone, especially those it PRETENDS to target. They tend to take it seriously. :/
hezul
Aug. 5th, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
I get the feeling you haven't read much good satire.
otosaretatenshi
Aug. 5th, 2009 06:58 am (UTC)
I have. I agree this one was in very bad taste, but internet satire tends to be the worst possible. If you want some good satire, go read some Jonathan Swift.
hezul
Aug. 5th, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
Been reading it for close to a decade, actually.

Satire fails when you pitch it to people who actually think that way. "A Modest Proposal" works as satire because nobody seriously advocates going out and eating babies. This, however, is just reinforcing the "lol feminists are stupid ugly dykes" bullshit that a ridiculous number of people honestly believe.

Ergo: not funny. I am not saying it's impossible to satirize militant feminism, but it would require a razor wit, not the sledgehammer this guy appears to be using.
otosaretatenshi
Aug. 5th, 2009 07:18 am (UTC)
You do have a point. Maybe I find it funny still because I don't really think that way about feminism, and know it's a load of bull.
hezul
Aug. 5th, 2009 07:21 am (UTC)
I am quite aware it's a load of bull, and I still don't find it funny. I imagine this is because he's about as witty as a drunken frat boy unzipping his pants and pissing on somebody's doorstep.

look, it's a picture of a troll instead of a feminist, i'm so ~*~witty~*~

I imagine it's also because I made the mistake of reading the comments, where droves of fanboys tell him it's the ~*~best article ever~*~
otosaretatenshi
Aug. 5th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, I didn't read those. I thought it was good for a chuckle, not the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Then again, when I'm on the internet, my sense of humor usually is degraded to 4chan levels, so.
dmajohnson
Aug. 5th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
Satire fails when you pitch it to people who actually think that way. "A Modest Proposal" works as satire because nobody seriously advocates going out and eating babies.

Except now you're pigeonholing satire: "Satire can only work if conditions x, y, and z are met." Satire--when written well--can work just fine by hiding under the guise of the very group it is moking.
superbus
Aug. 5th, 2009 10:27 am (UTC)
And that's not funny. At best, it's a sophomoric attempt at humour intended to point out the stupidity of radical feminism (and failing HARD), and at worst, he's just like every other bully that hides behind satire and the 1st Ammendment to tell us what he really thinks about the feminist movement, and women in general. I think the truth is somewhere in the middle.
willfor_iv
Aug. 4th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
"I am incredibly fucking sick of how the media has made EVERYTHING a dirty word by deliberately focusing on the extreme side."

I fixed that for you. Well, more for me, but I believe it applies in a great many cases.
vyctori
Aug. 4th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
I don't know, maybe I've seen too much stupidity lately, but my reaction to that article is, in essence, one great, big sigh.

That doesn't mean I wouldn't happily join Sam in having a few words with the dude, though. -_-;
samuraiter
Aug. 5th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
Feminism + fandom = *PNG of mushroom cloud*
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otosaretatenshi
Aug. 5th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
That article is not to be taken seriously at all. I can see the satire by reading just a few lines.
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