The first Valentine I ever received at work (i.imgur.com)

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192 comments submitted at 05:54:08 on Feb 14, 2013 by wrap_ur_tool

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  • sylvanfletcher
  • 59 Points
  • 13:03:22, 14 February

This guy knows how to make the magic happen

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  • laddergoat89
  • 32 Points
  • 14:04:39, 14 February

Prepare to have people rage at you for referencing BBT.

Expect the phrase "Nerd blackface" to be used at least once.

Godspeed.

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  • ByJiminy
  • 25 Points
  • 14:09:34, 14 February

If anyone uses the term "nerd blackface" you know they're a real nerd because they lack all conception of social context.

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  • jwestbury
  • -7 Points
  • 14:13:03, 14 February

Not really. BBT is nerd blackface. Obviously, it's not nearly as offensive as actual blackface, but that doesn't change the fact that BBT uses a similar approach to that of old blackface performances -- a sort of live-action caricature designed to draw laughs by (negatively) accentuating a set of features and behaviors in a stereotypical and less than flattering manner.

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  • je7ome
  • 19 Points
  • 14:18:14, 14 February

So obviously it's a caricature, but I don't buy for a second that the overall portrayal of nerds is negative. We're seen pursuing grants, pushing the frontiers of scientific discovery, inventing new apparatus; these are all things our lives are actually about. Furthermore, we're seen with girlfriends, girlfriends who come from many walks of life and who we are able to introduce to nerd culture, from costumes to comic books. Of course this show isn't accurate, but I absolutely think it does more good than harm.

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  • kwhite621
  • 4 Points
  • 14:31:53, 14 February

Im inclined to agree with you. Once its mainstream it doesnt matter what it is. Now its another niche of cool.

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  • KingShit_of_FuckMtn
  • 4 Points
  • 14:25:03, 14 February

That's why two of the stereotypical ultra-nerds are with smoking hot girlfriends, right?

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  • hoofedbeast
  • 4 Points
  • 14:26:04, 14 February

Hey, it's the people who use the phrase "nerd blackface" that laddergoat was telling us about!

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  • laddergoat89
  • 0 Points
  • 14:27:42, 14 February

Reddit is so predicable.

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  • ByJiminy
  • 11 Points
  • 14:14:28, 14 February

The word you're actually looking for is "caricature."

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  • jwestbury
  • 0 Points
  • 14:23:12, 14 February

You mean... the word I used? Did you even read my comment? Blackface was caricature, but "blackface" carries with it connotations which are especially relevant here -- connotations which "caricature" alone does not carry.

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  • earwicker
  • 3 Points
  • 14:33:44, 14 February

One of the major features of blackface is that the actors portraying black people were not black. Their caricature is a mockery of a race and culture that they do not belong to.

How do you know that the actors portraying nerds on this show are not nerds themselves? Or the writers who write the material? I'm honestly asking as I know nothing about these actors, but I do know quite a lot of nerdy actors and writers, so it certainly seems very possible.

Also from what I've seen of the show, while it's a caricature, it's certainly not a negative portrayal anywhere near to the degree that blackface/minstrel shows were.

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  • ByJiminy
  • 2 Points
  • 14:38:33, 14 February

It also carries far more connotations that absolutely do not apply here.

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  • polerawkaveros
  • -3 Points
  • 14:20:34, 14 February

Which "blackface" is. They can be interchangeable. Just because it was a racist term doesn't mean it needs to stay as such.

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  • yoordoengitrong
  • 8 Points
  • 14:26:38, 14 February

"Blackface" is a very offensive type of caricature, but the terms are not interchangeable.

That would be like saying "Honda Civic" is interchangeable with the word "Car".

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  • polerawkaveros
  • 0 Points
  • 14:41:43, 14 February

>"Blackface" is a very offensive type of caricature

sigh

I'm probably a part of a huge minority here, but words like 'nigger' or 'blackface' hold no meaning to me, because they were words used a very long time ago, by a completely different generation. I'm not going to continue putting a taboo on them because that's reverse of progress. I'm not saying we should start calling each other niggers, but the only reason it's still offensive to a lot of people is because of the mindset instilled that it's still offensive. To me, the word 'nigger' is interchangeable with the word 'fella' or 'buddy', and as such, the term 'blackface' is interchangeable with the term 'caricature'.

But then again, I'm black/Asian and grew up around blacks and Asians, with the word nigger and other terms like chink thrown around the air like dry rice and crack.

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  • kwhite621
  • 1 Points
  • 14:37:05, 14 February

I dont think its a racist term. You wouldn't hear a racist call someone a blackface. More of a term a level headed person would use to point out a bigoted act or idea. See, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, lethal weapon 5 episode for reference.

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  • polerawkaveros
  • 1 Points
  • 14:44:37, 14 February

Oh, I meant it's a racist term in that white folks used to dress up like honky tonk black folks to make fun of them.

It's racist for someone to do that, in my opinion.

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  • kwhite621
  • 2 Points
  • 14:29:48, 14 February

Geez. Enough already. We get it. Now can i please just watch the show and let the laugh track trick me into thinking its actually funny in peace?