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Episode 85.5 — Bonus Cut: Yo, Is "Yo, Is This Racist?" Racist?


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Posted 17 June 2013 - 11:14 PM

Matt Walsh, Paul Rust, and John Gemberling once again join Matt Besser as they take a look at the generalizations made in the “Stereotypes in Sitcoms” episode of Yo, Is This Racist? on this week’s bonus episode of improv4humans. Attention humans, be sure to pick up Matt Besser’s new comedy album “Woo Pig Sooie: Comedy for Atheists” at mattbesser.com and Dragoon’s new album “This Galaxy Is But A Nursery” at dragoongalaxy.bandcamp.com!

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 01:06 AM

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 04:57 AM

That was great. It should be a recurring segment. Andrew To and his cronies spit mad bullshit all the time. It should be called Yo is Yo is this Racist, bullshit?

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 05:12 AM

I am glad you took this on. I live in North Carolina and I hate it when people generalize the entire South as being racist. I have met some of the most progressive, free-thinking people here. Sure, racism is here, but it's everywhere. Just as there are good, intelligent people everywhere. I'm really tired of the self-righteous people like that guest who think that if you don't live in LA or NYC then you are a problem.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 05:46 AM

Thank you Mississippi!

loved that paul went back to the well for that "puss-enta" bit.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 06:26 AM

I listened to yo is this racist but i stopped cause it just i dont know it hit me the wrong way from listening andrew usually thinks everything is racist and the guests he has on sometimes are ridiculous (granted im sure that most people calling the show are racist haha)..im not one of those people who hates anything on earwolf..that was actually my first sorta complaint or negative opinion..thanks for this besser i was wondering what people thought about this.. great great bonus ep

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 06:39 AM

Shots fired!

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 06:42 AM

View PostMattCameron, on 18 June 2013 - 05:12 AM, said:

I am glad you took this on. I live in North Carolina and I hate it when people generalize the entire South as being racist. I have met some of the most progressive, free-thinking people here. Sure, racism is here, but it's everywhere. Just as there are good, intelligent people everywhere. I'm really tired of the self-righteous people like that guest who think that if you don't live in LA or NYC then you are a problem.


As a life long resident of the South, I have to take issue with this. The South gets generalized as being racist because the South overwhelmingly is very racist. That's great that towns like Cary exist but they do not cancel out all of the Kernersvilles, Walkertowns, and other itty bitty backwater towns that are downright racist and homophobic. Where were all of those progressive people when N.C. passed that law limiting gay rights? Even if every single progressive person showed up in the polls, the bill still would have passed because the idiots outnumber you 10 to 1.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 06:44 AM

Thank you Matt! I was really hoping that someone on Earwolf would take that terrible show down a peg. Please keep up, and I'm sure that "Yo, is this racist" will have plenty of shitty moments to base scenes on.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 06:50 AM

Besser, don't get mad because the guest called out Arkansas for being racist. It's not like the state is a beacon of light in the racial history or present of the United States. Also, your fellow Arkansasite(?? Arkansasions??) elected this man.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 06:51 AM

And once again, thank you white men for telling us what is and isn't racist. If it wasn't for you, us minorities wouldn't know what to do with ourselves.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 07:02 AM

No, Besser, the show isn't "Yo, is this a sweeping generalizations?", it is "Yo, is this racist?" Racism is about the many ways the majority oppresses minority groups, not about (true) generalizations about your hometowns.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 07:05 AM

I see a phone call coming.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 07:11 AM

"Yo" is racist.



Yo welcome.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 07:27 AM

View PostShariq Torres, on 18 June 2013 - 06:42 AM, said:



As a life long resident of the South, I have to take issue with this. The South gets generalized as being racist because the South overwhelmingly is very racist. That's great that towns like Cary exist but they do not cancel out all of the Kernersvilles, Walkertowns, and other itty bitty backwater towns that are downright racist and homophobic. Where were all of those progressive people when N.C. passed that law limiting gay rights? Even if every single progressive person showed up in the polls, the bill still would have passed because the idiots outnumber you 10 to 1.


There's no question that there are racist people in NC. And there are towns like Shelby and Kernersville. But, there are towns in Northern California or upstate NY that are just as racist as those towns.

The fallacy in your argument about the passed anti-gay bill is that gay people are not a race of people. I understand that I said that I know a lot of progressive people in NC, but what I never said was that those people outnumber the conservative Christian element, which does not equate to everyone being racist. Moreover, I can guarantee you that a large portion of the southern Christian African American and Hispanic population oppose gay marriage as vehemently as some of the white Christian population.

Hopefully, as time goes by and people become more educated and less ignorant to the issues, a state like NC will have legalized gay marriage. But to claim that the overall population of NC is racist is just absurd.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 07:27 AM

Sorry - double posted.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 07:42 AM

I'm not a regular listen to Yo Is This Racist, though I've enjoyed some episodes. But there have been times where I've winced at some of the commentary, and questioned how well informed any of the people are to be talking about racism. You'd think getting some more experts and people who've done studies would be a better idea than just writers and comedians. So this was a great take-down of the show.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 07:44 AM

WWAAAAAAAAHHHHHH MEAN OL ANDWEW TI MADE FUN OF OW HOMETOWN CALLED US WACIST WWWWWAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH BUHBUHBUHBUH BLOOOHOOOOO!!!

As everyone knows, people who point out racism are the real racists. Smelt it dealt it yall!

Scenes were funny tho, still love the show.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 07:48 AM

View PostShariq Torres, on 18 June 2013 - 07:02 AM, said:

No, Besser, the show isn't "Yo, is this a sweeping generalizations?", it is "Yo, is this racist?" Racism is about the many ways the majority oppresses minority groups, not about (true) generalizations about your hometowns.

Racism is a series of sweeping generalizations that shit on large groups of people who don't deserve it. So saying these sweeping generalizations is just fine is problematic because you're condoning the problem that forms the roots of racism. Making assumptions based on locations is just as irrationally intolerant as racism.

View PostShariq Torres, on 18 June 2013 - 06:50 AM, said:

Also, your fellow Arkansasite(?? Arkansasions??) elected this man.

Yeah, that argument wasn't valid when you posted it in the "Yo, Is This Racist?" forum, and it isn't valid now. America made George W. Bush one of the most powerful men in the world (twice!), and most people seem to think he's a bit of a dick. By your logic, it would be completely acceptable to say that all Americans agreed with Bush.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 08:54 AM

Generalizing about an area is not the same as institutionalized racism. Generalization is not nearly as detrimental to the residents of the midwest, or south, or whatever as racism is to the genuinely oppressed. On that level it's not really a comparison. It is weak, however, to absolve the producers of racist content because you're friends with them, and then blame racist media on its audience rather than on its producers. I think Andrew Ti wouldn't let anyone get away with that on the blog, but he does on the podcast for whatever reason.