Saturday, September 13, 2008

Elevators and Racism?

This video makes an important societal point in a very funny way.

Unfortunately, in order to maintain my PG rating for this blog, I was forced to delete the most offensive profanity from the vid. There are still a couple of mildly offensive words, but nothing you do not hear on network television every day.

I am certain that there is a lot of truth to the point raised in this video. However, I have run into the same reactions to my own presence in elevators, and I am, and appear as, a non-threatening white male.

I have noticed women transferring their purse to the shoulder opposite me, and they usually clutch it a little tighter. Women are victims a great deal more than men are in society today. It is only natural that their body language will betray the innate fear that most of them have about becoming a victim at the hands of any male regardless of the race.

But it was still a very funny video.

Now my problem is that I do not have a category for this video. There is not a lot of racism humor out there these days because it is a topic that most of us want to stay away from. If any of you can think of a more specific category other than video humor for this video, I am willing to listen.

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Connie said...

I have to admit I sometimes feel nervous if I am in an elevator alone and a strange man gets on. His race wouldn't matter either way to me, though. I think it is just because I have heard so much about women who are attacked and elevators can make you feel a bit trapped with no escape. I feel this way more so if I am in a big city, though. I don't feel it so much here in my hometown, although that kind of thing can happen anywhere.

McCafferty Himself said...

You got it Daisy. I doubt very much if there is much racism involved. Women naturally feel trapped in a small enclosure regardless of the man's race. If he looks tough and white, she will probably be more careful than if he were well dressed and African-American.

Anonymous said...

That was funny, can you send me a link for the uncut version. And hey I am 6' tall at 210 lbs, and I feel wierd getting on an elevator in this world, someone might want to kick my ass and I am no fihter. Strictly lover, of WOMEN of course!!