Volume 92, Issue 75

Wednesday, February 10, 1999


Classical knowledge

Age old respect

Humourless humour

Maybe they just don't hear too well

Humourless humour

Re: Comix, Feb. 5

To the Editor:

This letter is to state my disappointment in the decision to publish the cartoon "The 'Comic' Strip" in the Friday, Feb. 5 edition of The Gazette.

The cartoon depicted the computerization of the "Newfie" fishing industry by showing a fisherman using a computer as a fishing line with which to catch fish. This is an inappropriate depiction of our neighbours.

Many of us know or have met Newfoundlanders who do not take offence to "Newfie" jokes. However, many understandably do take offence to such depictions that degrade their intelligence. Surely if the cartoon was directed at a different group of people, such jest would not be tolerated.

I am sure that no harm was intended. However, such depictions suggest that prejudicial thought is acceptable. The effect is greater when the source is an institution, such as a university, which is supposed to be "enlightened" and on the forefront of modern thought.

Being a law student, I hear a number of degrading, but admittedly funny, jokes regarding the legal profession. However, going into the legal profession was my choice. It is a decision I can change should I so desire. Jokes which are premised on one's origins mock the actual individual. This is especially so when such jokes are directed at the intelligence of a group of people.

We need to always be mindful of the harmful effects of jest based on race, colour, origin, sex, sexual orientation etc., lest we repeat our past mistakes.

Jason Wadden
Law I

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