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Recently a friend and I were discussing Australian, American and British fiction and humour (mostly because of Adam Hills, we were trying to figure out why we find his humour so amazing and also how it is so far from what is supposed to be “politically correct”) and she said a few insightful things. I’m posting them here with her permission because it’s been something I’ve been thinking about for a while but I couldn’t figure out a way to say it.
"It’s a matter of different cultures. If you’re American you can either be a winner or a loser. But if you’re in Australia every person has their own set of good and bad qualities and everyone is both a bit a winner and a loser.
Everyone expects an insult by default in American culture. And everyone is afraid to hurt others and would rather ignore people than risk that. And that breeds further misunderstanding.
In some cultures nobody wants to insult you until proven otherwise and in other cultures everyone wants to insult you until proven otherwise.”
This explains why I watch US shows less and less - I’m tired of having only one set of truths and only one “correct” view of the world. This is why I’m tired of listening to arguments about proper words to use to refer to minorities. This is why I’m tired of the lists of “stereotypes to avoid” in fiction - oh bloody hell, it’s nice not jumping for the first concept you had in your head but just because my antagonist has some trait does not mean I think all people with this trait are bad. I’m not even sure my antagonist is that bad in the first place.
And when you complain about the lack of minorities in fiction has it ever occurred to you that showing any kind of minority in a not quite positive light (100% non-flawed characters make very, very boring fiction in most cases) would instantly be met with a shitstorm? Yeah, there are stupid stereotypes, but unless people try to handle these subjects (and make a few embarrassing mistakes in process) they will just keep avoiding them.
I know everyone is tired of stereotyping and arseholes and same remarks over and over. But assuming that any person you meet will instantly be offended when you didn’t mean it is a kind of stereotype too, not that far from calling them a “retard”. I’m not speaking for everyone, of course, but I know I don’t want to be treated that way.
Tl;Dr: Everyone is different and it’s okay, each person is a person with both good and bad aspects about them, and “good” and “bad” is very subjective anyway, stop getting so worked up about it.
Just wondered what other people think about it since it's a better place for commenting than tumblr.