Something thatís fascinating is going down with the creators of Penny Arcade
. Mostly regarding a comic (and possibly its response, also linked)
Basically, comic where rape was the punch line created a shitstorm, comic was addressed, problem was assumed taken care of. Shirt referencing comic was made
(now, no longer available check bottom post)
. Tempers flared, women and children have been threatened with death (ďOkay thatís enoughĒ).
Iíve havenít followed closely, but at least have been aware of the problems this comic has caused. I was a bit surprised because Penny Arcade
is no stranger to Crossing the Line Twice
and rape has been used as humor at least twice before
So is it just that Penny Arcade has gained in popularity over the years that a wider audience is seeing and responding to comics? Has the net been saturated with ďrape comedyĒ and people are finally sick of it? Was the shirt (which didnít mention rape, but referenced a comic that did) seen as a step too far in the direction of ďrape encouragingĒ?
Iíll just add that I sort of agree with Tycho on the matter, that fictional rapes by fictional entities in a web comic just doesnít register as offensive for me anymore. Maybe Iíve been overexposed to 4chan sense of humor, but also I think itís that Iíve followed Penny Arcade and other comics (like VG Cats
) for a bit now and am used to this sort of humor.
However, I do wonder if less jaded members of society are starting to use the internet more frequently and the popular sites are going to have to ďtone it downĒ a bit if controversy isnít really their thing.
I think one thing that can be pretty universal agreed on, threatening to kill women and children isnít really acceptable no matter how anti-rape you profess to be.
edited 3rd Feb '11 12:53:19 PM by Justice4243