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Mar. 3rd, 2011

So, a random comment on one of the ICHC spin-off sites has a rather offensive comic up. It doesn't have blatant sex or violence or language, but does have a very casual portrayal of a suicide.

I honestly don't get it. Suicide isn't funny, especially over stupid stuff like this. I know the artist wasn't poking fun at suicide victims, but the fact that this has become a motif you see in humor still really rubs me raw from time to time. I actually wouldn't mind it so much if it was well-done and used for good effect. But the flippant, careless way suicide is used, in particular suicide by hanging, and in particular on a site many people go to for light-hearted fun, it just seems very inappropriate.

I reallly wish people would grasp the fact that for many of us, this isn't really a laughing matter.


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Mar. 4th, 2011 07:53 am (UTC)

Cartoons are rarely subtle, of course, and they have to make their points in shorthand - that's rather the nature of the medium - but I can see your point; that didn't need to be in there. Sorry you came up against it.
Mar. 4th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Az.

I don't expect subtlety in cartoons - you're right, the medium works against that. And this was never going to be a cartoon I particularly liked given its subject matter. (Poop puns, really? Are we all still eleven?)

But it's not the first time I've come across this kind of thing in pop culture - Jon Stewart, who I typically love, can be rather idiotic on this theme sometimes - and it seemed like something worth registering my disapproval on.
Mar. 4th, 2011 10:42 am (UTC)
I'm sorry you had to come across this. I hope it didn't trigger you too badly.

Mar. 4th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
I'm more ticked off than anything, I think. I brush up against casual references to suicide about once a week. This one hit me after I was feeling a bit raw from some writing I've been doing, but it wasn't too bad. Not as bad as it once was. More, it seems so pointless and thoughtless that it's frustrating in that way.
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