A new more serious look at what we're trying to communicate. We will release a Thai language version soon, it is just that issues this complicated are difficult to translate. Please share, comment and let us know your thoughts. All of our content is Creative Commons for public use, we just ask that you credit us if you use it (the ending already has a credit, so it's ready to use as is.)
It started as a flowchart, but that became so complicated that it looks like it should be a video, not an infographic.
Even this chart ended up having an 'interesting area' where the yellow and blue overlap, which is not easy to explain. Things that parody would often fall into this category, which can be a grey area. A few references we won't even weigh in on- an example being Seinfeld's 'Soup Nazi'. It is not glamorous, it is based on a real person while some find it amusing and others find it de-sensitizes people to the issue.
The image on the left is more along the lines of where our concern lies. There is no context in the image that says the image is a comment or a parody. While sometimes English language can be mangled on tee shirts in other cultures, we still scratch our heads as to why these images and this language is chosen.
Symbols are sometimes misused when used outside of the cultures they came from, and when they are people often get offended. As the World continues to get smaller, we all benefit from learning more about each others' values and sensitivities.
Our first video was a success, please continue passing it along. We're planning the next one in a similar style, what would you like to see next?
Our first video! You may have noticed that we often use a light-hearted tone when discussing these issues. Of course, we are trying to teach people to understand that making reference to the Holocaust, Hitler and Nazis is actually something to take very seriously. We're working on other projects that are more serious, but it seems that too much seriousness can make people tune out. It's a delicate balance.
We hope to produce more videos and get people talking and thinking. Talking about the issues of bigotry, homophobia and radical nationalism can be a bit awkward, but it's really important that you do. Everyone can benefit from honestly listening to the points of view of others.
One of our core values is to educate and facilitate discussion regardless of educational level. Sure, we can put on our structural anthropological semiology fancy-pants (too many disciplines there to be a mere hat) but that defeats our purpose. We can if we have to. Besides, most of the people that are actively opposed to our mission really wouldn't get that stuff anyway.
One last word about the video, for now the comments are open and hope to be able to leave them that way. The word 'Hitler' is somewhat likely to attract a few trolls that will spout hate speech. On the video description we make no apologies about deleting hate speech and we will follow through as much as possible allowing for sleeping and eating. If you see some, try not to react but if you do we'd encourage taking the high road. You can drop us a note and we'll delete hate speech, and we're keeping an eye on it. Debate however is to be encouraged, as long as it stays respectful (We know, You Tube comments are not known for civility.)
Please enjoy and share!
What do you think? Give us our very first comment, respond, pontificate, write a song, speak your mind, have a dialogue (keep it respectful please.)
And while we shouldn't have to say this, any and all hate speech will be pointed at while laughing and then unapologetically deleted.
Perhaps a flowchart is in order?
Since we're asking, we thought some media that is funny should be included. Be advised that the last youtube link has a fair amount of bad language. Video clips after the jump.
Hello, have a look at the campaign page where we've just posted our first action at RHEA. This is one that anybody can help with and it will only take a minute. In brief, there is a rather old video on youtube.com from a Thai band named Slur. The song is called Hitler, and in the video, they parade around in Nazi uniforms.
What you can do is go to youtube.com and flag the clip as hateful, I won't link it again as to not increase their Google ranking, you can either search it on youtube (and you'll know it when you see it) or follow the link on the campaigns page.
While we suggest that you don't comment and add to any revenue the posters receive, we must admit to not following that advice though. The words "respectfully" and ending statements with "นะคะ" (na kha) hopefully helped us rise above the usual You Tube commenting nonsense.
There is only 'us'
We strongly dislike hate. We want to be rid of 'us and them' thinking. So join in and join us!