Jun 11, 2021 • 49M

Episode 68: Whiteness Whiteness Whiteness Whiteness Whiteness

Jesse Singal
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Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires.
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Katie (white) and Jesse (white) talk about the perils of Whiteness, a situation in which one's soul is colonized by a mayonnaise-devouring demon who makes you hate other races and ask your neighbors to turn the radio down. They also talk about the ACLU and (more importantly) Harambe.

Show notes/Links:

Katie and her wife own real goats now: https://twitter.com/kittypurrzog/status/1402012125845889024 

Katie on the Yale speaker who wants to murder white people: https://bariweiss.substack.com/p/the-psychopathic-problem-of-the-white

"On Having Whiteness": https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34039063/ 

The scary event that launched Harambe to posthumous stardom: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/30/us/gorilla-killed-after-child-enters-enclosure-at-cincinnati-zoo.html 

NY Mag and Vox run down the meaning of the meme:

https://www.vox.com/2016/8/17/12457468/harambe-meme-social-commentary-explained 

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2016/07/harambe-forever.html 

Oral history of Weird Twitter:

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/jwherrman/weird-twitter-the-oral-history

More on harambe: https://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1259654-harambe-the-gorilla

Our call for memes produced some good ones: https://twitter.com/TheBARPod/status/1402715518109372426 

Run Run Harambe: https://soundcloud.com/markcrozier/run-run-harambe?ref=clipboard&p=i&c=1&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing

Top 20 Political Assassinations of the 20th Century: https://twitter.com/basementpoli/status/1402715854731632643/photo/1

“This is the photo of Harambe the Cincinnati Zoo doesn’t want you to see”: https://twitter.com/metalg33k/status/1402721720419618820

Michael Powell on the ACLU in the NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/06/us/aclu-free-speech.html

Responses to that piece:

https://newrepublic.com/article/162674/new-york-times-aclu-free-speech-culture-war

https://twitter.com/gingi0/status/1402304533569708039?s=20

https://twitter.com/carltakei/status/1401655639114489859?s=20

https://twitter.com/DavidColeACLU/status/1402245242636718083?s=20