[extropy-chat] Redneck Transhumanists

Olga Bourlin fauxever at sprynet.com
Sun Jul 4 01:03:49 UTC 2004

From: Natasha Vita-More 

> Redneck is an endearing term used in fun and nobody takes it seriously these days. Take a look at Foxworthy's website and his world-class comic stick.  He has made redneck as familiar as American Pie.  I highly doubt anyone is offended by his sense of humor and delight.

Okay - call me a wet blanket, party pooper, buzz killer, but ... I still don't buy it.  I love good humor, but suppose I'm not a fan of "putting-down-some-ethnic-group"-type humor.  To be sure, the subject line could have read "White Trash Transhumanists," or "Hillbilly Transhumanists," "Faggot Transhumanists," or even "Nigger Transhumanists," and someone could have pointed how sometimes those terms are used affectionately, and directed us to a Richard Pryor website for his world-class comic schticks using some of those very words.  But there are kids out there being hurt every day by those very words, directed at them, their friends,  their parents, so forgive me if I'm still not convinced ...    

But I'll take the hug,
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