Why is sexism and racism okay to joke about, but mental disabilities are not?

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MetallicSka
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Long story short, I made a questionable tweet regarding a special needs guy, and got torn apart for it. I've since made amends, but I was wondering why people react so strongly to this as opposed to blatant sexist or racist remarks.
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I put taking the piss out of spackers on the same level as women and foreigners.
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none of them are ok you mong.

if yr asking why people's reactions differ so much, i'd assume it's because we live in a world where people pretend racism and sexism isn't a real factor anymore, whereas we are gaining more and more understanding of and empathy for mental disabilities and shit.
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Who said it's okay to be racist? It's still not okay. Don't judge your self worth on the reaction of others, but you shouldn't be so hateful.


Oh, I'm a very tolerant person, but I do enjoy to joke around from time to time. It just seems the threshold before you insult someone is a lot lower when it comes to mental disabilities.
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nigga you probably got bullied on the short bus. quit talking trash on other tards and get a life
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I don't think that's exactly true. Though I agree with Godsmack_IV in that many people with mental disabilities such as autism may have a hard time laughing at themselves and getting that a joke towards them is in good heart.
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Though I agree with Godsmack_IV in that many people with mental disabilities such as autism may have a hard time laughing at themselves and getting that a joke towards them is in good heart.

damn it that's not what he was saying.
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They're all shitty but the plight of the mentally challenged is heartbreaking to most people and is usually a lot more unfortunate.
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Oh, I'm a very tolerant person, but I do enjoy to joke around from time to time. It just seems the threshold before you insult someone is a lot lower when it comes to mental disabilities.

maybe tolerating other people isn't enough. maybe we should be more than merely tolerant if we want to live in a good society.
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I put taking the piss out of spackers on the same level as women and foreigners.


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It's equally as okay (or not okay depending on your perspective) to make fun of those with mental disabilities, retard.
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There's a difference between chicken-gobblers, ****-suckers and shoulder-biters?
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Probably because those things can be controlled through one's own decisions and actions whereas mental disabilities are essentially put on somebody through no fault of their own.
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Probably because those things can be controlled through one's own decisions and actions whereas mental disabilities are essentially put on somebody through no fault of their own.


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none of them are ok you mong.

if yr asking why people's reactions differ so much, i'd assume it's because we live in a world where people pretend racism and sexism isn't a real factor anymore, whereas we are gaining more and more understanding of and empathy for mental disabilities and shit.

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Probably because those things can be controlled through one's own decisions and actions whereas mental disabilities are essentially put on somebody through no fault of their own.


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Probably because those things can be controlled through one's own decisions and actions whereas mental disabilities are essentially put on somebody through no fault of their own.


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It's like making fun of someone in a wheelchair. I knew some mental kids when I was a kid, it was fun to pick on them, but looking back, it was really bad of us. Kids are mean, I think it's part of evolution, ya know.
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It's because nobody cares about women and minorities. Only someone with autism thinks it's okay to make fun of handicapped people.
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Since when is everybody cool with racist and sexist jokes?
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Being black/a woman is a choice?


No, but following the sterotypes that people make fun of is.

Whereas there aren't really stereotypes for mentally handicapped people, they just kinda are the way they are. And really most racist/sexist jokes are about people being stupid. If you don't have some kind of mental disability its your fault if you're stupid, but if you do, then obviously its not your fault. Though I find that most special needs people are actually pretty intelligent.
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If you don't have some kind of mental disability its your fault if you're stupid,


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Since when is everybody cool with racist and sexist jokes?

Yeah but, to say you like black women and mixed race girls or even using the word mulatto or nigga is like saying you're in the KKK these days, it's silly. Besides, people are people and there are a lot of dumb people who get butt-hurt but forget to realise it's more fun when it's diverse, so what ever to the politics, I'd just live in my Bubble with peoples who know what I'm talking about and say to Hell with your labels, I'd love who I want to.
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Yeah but, to say you like black women and mixed race girls or even using the word mulatto or nigga is like saying you're in the KKK these days, it's silly. Besides, people are people and there are a lot of dumb people who get butt-hurt but forget to realise it's more fun when it's diverse, so what ever to the politics, I'd just live in my Bubble with peoples who know what I'm talking about and say to Hell with your labels, I'd love who I want to.

as a visible minority, you should be able to understand all that is wrong with this.
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I'm PASSED caring.

So is EVERYBODY else, in my neighbourhood; Thornton Heath.

EDIT: I'm not even saying Thornton Heath is the only place like that.
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look nigga, if you're chillin with 5 bros and 2 hos, you're gonna wanna pay attention to all of em equally. not moon over the hos forever and laugh at every shitty thing they say and just stare at them all night, like some of my mates do.
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maybe tolerating other people isn't enough. maybe we should be more than merely tolerant if we want to live in a good society.

for sure. who tf wants to be "tolerated?" it's so condescending.