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Impermanent
Apr 1, 2010








Lightning Knight posted:

It's a representation of empathy for and understanding of far-left positions, even if she doesn't strictly agree with them.

Don't care about empathy, just want agreement - and I especially don't want people who can only performatively do empathy to capitalize off of some kind of pseudo-radical cultural cache.

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Antifa Turkeesian
Aug 20, 2006



Impermanent posted:

Contra's bad because her videos are tacky and her characterization of people more radical than her in her videos is always as some flavor of extreme ideologue. That she insists on debating nazis - people for whom all publicity is good unless its a direct assault on them specifically - is just icing.

Name a nazi she’s debated.

Lightning Knight
Feb 24, 2012

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Impermanent posted:

Don't care about empathy, just want agreement - and I especially don't want people who can only performatively do empathy to capitalize off of some kind of pseudo-radical cultural cache.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ You're kind of a dick then, sorry. Not everyone is going to always agree with you and the number of people who are far left orthodox Marxists is vanishingly small. Contra makes silly YouTube videos that mostly make fun of lovely Nazis and TERFs, and you're mad about her silly characters she uses to do it because they're both a parody of people like you and herself. Lighten up.

Libluini
May 18, 2012

Did I predict the future?


Grimey Drawer

Man, this Contra-woman sounds awesome, I have to go look her videos up

Kim Justice
Jan 29, 2007



I'm still confused about how we suddenly got onto Contra when this started with MovieBob saying another dumb thing

Contra is one of the best YouTubers and is very anti bad things/pro good things

ACES CURE PLANES
Oct 21, 2010




Kim Justice posted:

Contra is one of the best YouTubers and is very anti bad things/pro good things

I have some bad news for you about people who say leftism is in fact super bad and not good.

Inspector Gesicht
Oct 26, 2012

500 Zeus a body.




It bothered me when Quinton Reviews brought up Lindsay Ellis and the Distressed Watcher in the same sentence, even though Lindsay Ellis is a highly charming and funny internet-reviewer and hasn't been banned from any fast-food establishments.

Roth
Jul 9, 2016


Inspector Gesicht posted:

It bothered me when Quinton Reviews brought up Lindsay Ellis and the Distressed Watcher in the same sentence, even though Lindsay Ellis is a highly charming and funny internet-reviewer and hasn't been banned from any fast-food establishments.

That we know of

Puppy Time
Mar 1, 2005



Kim Justice posted:

I'm still confused about how we suddenly got onto Contra when this started with MovieBob saying another dumb thing

Some people got axes to grind.

Lightning Knight
Feb 24, 2012

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Puppy Time posted:

Some people got axes to grind.

gettin' mad about radical leftist catgirl cosplay

Really tho, Contra is awesome. And fabulous.

Jimbot
Jul 22, 2008



The Left do need more of a sense of humor but considering how on the pulse of current events a lot of them tend to be, it's hard to laugh at a joke caricature or just a plain joke at their expense in a silly internet video because that's all the mainstream media does - except not in a jokey fashion at all. I don't think the Tabby character is utterly horrible, I did laugh a couple times when she showed up, but I do think it's a bit of a dumb strawman. I've seen really smart leftists call for revolution in the heat of the moment and they can tell you exactly what that means while others, not so much.

Roth
Jul 9, 2016


Every time I think of Tabby I always think how one of the admins in the Contrapoints Discord server that got fired was convinced that the character was based on her specifically.

Antifa Turkeesian
Aug 20, 2006



ACES CURE PLANES posted:

I have some bad news for you about people who say leftism is in fact super bad and not good.

Can you show us something where she a) provides a definition of leftism and b) says that thing is bad?

Lightning Knight
Feb 24, 2012

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Jimbot posted:

The Left do need more of a sense of humor but considering how on the pulse of current events a lot of them tend to be, it's hard to laugh at a joke caricature or just a plain joke at their expense in a silly internet video because that's all the mainstream media does - except not in a jokey fashion at all. I don't think the Tabby character is utterly horrible, I did laugh a couple times when she showed up, but I do think it's a bit of a dumb strawman. I've seen really smart leftists call for revolution in the heat of the moment and they can tell you exactly what that means while others, not so much.

I think it's meant to specifically be a parody of internet/twitter leftism. You only need to take one look at rose twitter to find plenty of silly anime and furry avatars mixed with "down with capitalism," and there's inherent comedy there especially since the character mostly takes herself completely seriously.

BravestOfTheLamps
Oct 12, 2012

by FactsAreUseless


Lipstick Apathy

The modern leftist possesses the courage and willingness to denounce resurgent Nazism at every turn, but is undone by a catgirl strawman of their own ideology.

Hopefully they never find out about political ideology catgirls.

Jimbot
Jul 22, 2008



Lightning Knight posted:

I think it's meant to specifically be a parody of internet/twitter leftism. You only need to take one look at rose twitter to find plenty of silly anime and furry avatars mixed with "down with capitalism," and there's inherent comedy there especially since the character mostly takes herself completely seriously.

Maybe. I mean, I can see it but I'm in no position to judge if those people are serious or not. With poo poo like this (among other things), can you really poke fun at those people?

Lightning Knight
Feb 24, 2012

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Jimbot posted:

Maybe. I mean, I can see it but I'm in no position to judge if those people are serious or not. With poo poo like this (among other things), can you really poke fun at those people?

Oh, I think they're completely serious. But Contra also doesn't present the character as wrong - she's not a strawman, she's a parody, but she gets to own Reasonable Contra at least some of the time and some of her claims go unanswered.

ACES CURE PLANES
Oct 21, 2010




Lightning Knight posted:

I think it's meant to specifically be a parody of internet/twitter leftism. You only need to take one look at rose twitter to find plenty of silly anime and furry avatars mixed with "down with capitalism," and there's inherent comedy there especially since the character mostly takes herself completely seriously.

Yeah, oh man, that crazy rose twitter



They're really just so ridiculous, aren't they?



I mean, what kind of crazy rear end in a top hat could look at our current way of life and how we treat the poor and disenfranchised and think, "Man, our current economic system is on the wrong path, and is violently anti-human"



Those silly millenials really need to get their heads out of the clouds and realize that the corporate executives are our friends, and should be supported.



Really, they're all just so lazy and entitled.



Thankfully we don't have any major issues threatening to destabilize the world or anything, so they'll have plenty of time to sit back and calmly grow older and settle down into a respectable centrist lifestyle.

Lightning Knight
Feb 24, 2012

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I don't think you really understood my point. I think DSA is right, ok. I'm not arguing that rose twitter is ideologically wrong. I'm arguing that (at least certain segments of) rose twitter can be really funny, because Twitter and the internet in general produces really stupid takes and there's inherent comedy value to the way people present themselves and their politics on the internet.

Yardbomb
Jul 11, 2011

What's with the eh... bretonnian dance, sir?




My opinion is that Worstall needs a kick in the teeth.

MonsieurChoc
Oct 12, 2013

Every species can smell its own extinction.




Contrapoints is cool and good and fabulous, even if I'm slightly more radical than her in my beliefs.

OctoberCountry
Oct 9, 2012


Echo Chamber posted:

I'm only familiar with Contra through this thread and I wonder why she's still taken quite seriously. Every time she's brought up, it's her rationalizing her outreach to racists.

Top-tier username/post combo

A Gnarlacious Bro
Apr 25, 2007

by Jeffrey of YOSPOS


Lightning Knight posted:

I don't think you really understood my point. I think DSA is right, ok. I'm not arguing that rose twitter is ideologically wrong. I'm arguing that (at least certain segments of) rose twitter can be really funny, because Twitter and the internet in general produces really stupid takes and there's inherent comedy value to the way people present themselves and their politics on the internet.

That's called punching down

Kim Justice
Jan 29, 2007



Jesus christ, gently caress off Aces Cure Planes.

Lightning Knight
Feb 24, 2012

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A Gnarlacious Bro posted:

That's called punching down

Relative to a transgender woman making comedy videos on the internet? I suppose so but I don't really agree with that. I think you guys are getting too hung up on a comedy sketch that isn't even that biting all things considered, compared to how she portrays the right.

CYBEReris
Dec 15, 2007



Lightning Knight posted:

I think it's meant to specifically be a parody of internet/twitter leftism. You only need to take one look at rose twitter to find plenty of silly anime and furry avatars mixed with "down with capitalism," and there's inherent comedy there especially since the character mostly takes herself completely seriously.

This seems to contradict the character being described as having physical presence on the streets, which is why the satire misses the mark - it has no focus because it's conflating lifestyle anarchism and direct action.

ACES CURE PLANES
Oct 21, 2010




Kim Justice posted:

Jesus christ, gently caress off Aces Cure Planes.

Aww, I was waiting for your rousing blow by blow comeback on why all of those things are in fact good and cool and it's in fact those horrible socialists who are bad because something something tankies and *centrist talking point*.

Antifa Turkeesian
Aug 20, 2006




Politics doesn’t get done on twitter for gently caress’s sake. Also tell us a time Contrapoints said leftism was bad.

BravestOfTheLamps
Oct 12, 2012

by FactsAreUseless


Lipstick Apathy

ACES CURE PLANES posted:

Yeah, oh man, that crazy rose twitter



They're really just so ridiculous, aren't they?



I mean, what kind of crazy rear end in a top hat could look at our current way of life and how we treat the poor and disenfranchised and think, "Man, our current economic system is on the wrong path, and is violently anti-human"



Those silly millenials really need to get their heads out of the clouds and realize that the corporate executives are our friends, and should be supported.



Really, they're all just so lazy and entitled.



Thankfully we don't have any major issues threatening to destabilize the world or anything, so they'll have plenty of time to sit back and calmly grow older and settle down into a respectable centrist lifestyle.



lol

Lightning Knight
Feb 24, 2012

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a medical mystery posted:

This seems to contradict the character being described as having physical presence on the streets, which is why the satire misses the mark - it has no focus because it's conflating lifestyle anarchism and direct action.

Fair. I'm probably reading more into her joke catgirl character than she does tbh, as are the people mad about said character.

Bakeneko
Jan 9, 2007



ACES CURE PLANES posted:

Yeah, oh man, that crazy rose twitter



They're really just so ridiculous, aren't they?



I mean, what kind of crazy rear end in a top hat could look at our current way of life and how we treat the poor and disenfranchised and think, "Man, our current economic system is on the wrong path, and is violently anti-human"



Those silly millenials really need to get their heads out of the clouds and realize that the corporate executives are our friends, and should be supported.



Really, they're all just so lazy and entitled.



Thankfully we don't have any major issues threatening to destabilize the world or anything, so they'll have plenty of time to sit back and calmly grow older and settle down into a respectable centrist lifestyle.



Showing examples of bad people on the other side (and potted plants for some reason) does not negate the existence of bad people on your side. They aren’t as prominent because, unlike the right-wingers, they hold no real power in the US and are normally limited to just making GBS threads all over Tumblr and Twitter, but crazy/stupid leftists do exist.

Leal
Oct 2, 2009

If you LP what I LP
And if you work retail like I work retail
You would also scream like I scream


Bakeneko posted:

Showing examples of bad people on the other side (and potted plants for some reason) does not negate the existence of bad people on your side. They aren’t as prominent because, unlike the right-wingers, they hold no real power in the US and are normally limited to just making GBS threads all over Tumblr and Twitter, but crazy/stupid leftists do exist.

I know what the plants thing is, its spikes that are put around areas to ensure that homeless people don't sleep there.

Falstaff
Apr 27, 2008

I have a kind of alacrity in sinking.



I might be reading a bit too much into it, but Contra's America: Still Racist video seems to indicate she's run out of patience with the alt-right, so this whole debate seems a little dated. Very last season.

ACES CURE PLANES
Oct 21, 2010




Leal posted:

I know what the plants thing is, its spikes that are put around areas to ensure that homeless people don't sleep there.

That's part of the issue, but something to note is that it's a thing pushed for hardest by business owners in affluent neighborhoods because if there's a homeless person sleeping in front of your expensive boutique or whatever, your rich patrons might think twice about shopping there lest they be accosted by those filthy poors, so there's a lot of push to install anti-homeless fixtures.

Antifa Turkeesian
Aug 20, 2006



Falstaff posted:

I might be reading a bit too much into it, but Contra's America: Still Racist video seems to indicate she's run out of patience with the alt-right, so this whole debate seems a little dated. Very last season.

She said a while ago that she wouldn’t talk to any kind of reactionary any more.

AriadneThread
Feb 17, 2011

The Devil sounds like smoke and honey. We cannot move. It is too beautiful.




Falstaff posted:

I might be reading a bit too much into it, but Contra's America: Still Racist video seems to indicate she's run out of patience with the alt-right, so this whole debate seems a little dated. Very last season.

debating with some of these posters over "contra: bad or terrible???" is a waste of time, imo. they've long made up their minds and aren't going to let anything get in the way

Kim Justice
Jan 29, 2007



ACES CURE PLANES posted:

Aww, I was waiting for your rousing blow by blow comeback on why all of those things are in fact good and cool and it's in fact those horrible socialists who are bad because something something tankies and *centrist talking point*.

It's not like I even disagree with half of the sentiments you have there or anything, you're just a loving twat with a ridiculous axe to grind who can't even remotely be reasoned with and anything remotely outside of your own points of view is completely haram.

You just talk poo poo, mate.

Bakeneko
Jan 9, 2007



Leal posted:

I know what the plants thing is, its spikes that are put around areas to ensure that homeless people don't sleep there.

In that case, it seems like it would be completely ineffectual on top of everything else. If someone is willing to sleep on a hard stone bench, they’d probably also be willing to sleep on the ground, so really it's just a pointless nuisance.

Yardbomb
Jul 11, 2011

What's with the eh... bretonnian dance, sir?



Bakeneko posted:

In that case, it seems like it would be completely ineffectual on top of everything else. If someone is willing to sleep on a hard stone bench, they’d probably also be willing to sleep on the ground, so really it's just a pointless nuisance.

They have to make sure you and especially all the filthy poors know that they'd rather skewer the homeless than tolerate being aware of their existence.

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Antifa Turkeesian
Aug 20, 2006



Yardbomb posted:

They have to make sure you and especially all the filthy poors know that they'd rather skewer the homeless than tolerate being aware of their existence.

And have you seen the park benches with spikes that pop out at night?

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