Something I shouldn’t even have to explain to anyone at this point
Go in and read it anyways. I’m not a happy camper.
Regarding bigotry in the store
Parallax does not tolerate any racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, sexism, or bigotry of any kind. There will be no more warnings, you will just be told to leave. There is no debate, no argument, nothing. Last year someone made racist ‘jokes’ and we gave them many opportunities to stop and apologize. They, instead, chose to be cold, callous, and adversarial about it. They were banned. We continue to hear homophobic, transphobic, and racist ‘jokes’ or comments and we’re really very tired of it. If you think that me taking this stance is in any way controversial then Parallax is not a place for you. If you have any questions on this please come and talk to me, but this is not open for a debate, these are our policies.
You have probably seen our mission statement if you’re on this website since its literally the first thing on the front page. I take that very seriously. We are an inclusive place. We want people to feel welcome and wanted and comfortable in our business. What you may think is an accepted term might not be. Because we live in a pretty homogeneous place of mostly cisgender white people, we don’t often get a clear picture of what is acceptable on a wider scale. That is not an excuse for any behavior. If you say something or do something that is unacceptable the staff are going to let you know. If you argue, you are going to get thrown out. That is what happened last Tuesday.
I also didn’t want to say this
If you think that all speech should be totally unfiltered all the time, you’re a liar and a hypocrite. You alter your speech all the time based on where you are and who you are with. Language changes on a constant basis and if you don’t understand that help yourself to an English 101 textbook because you’re an idiot. Even the word “meme” doesn’t really have its original meaning anymore. If you want a very good example of how it was intended to be used as it was originally defined watch this: https://youtu.be/l1ClbkTeCyw (not affiliated with that channel in any, way, shape or form, just wanted to find that bit from MGS2).
i’m not just tired, i’m angry
I really don’t want to be this guy but man… If you are some keyboard warrior and post bigoted things on places like Facebook, Reddit, 4chan or whatever, I absolutely know I’m smarter than you, so don’t try to start a debate with me. Pull your fedora up from over your eyes and learn from the people around you. You have no credible defense or any real argument based in any sort of fact. If you are the type of person who thinks a ‘harmless minor joke’ about race or gender is fine amongst friends, it’s not. Things like that normalize that behavior and make it much easier for you and other people to engage in more and more egregious forms of that behavior. Why are you doing it? Are you just trying to be funny or edgy? Cringe. Do you legitimately hate those people because of some misguided value? Well, whatever, you’re a shitty person anyways then. Be better.
So what was the specific thing?
At the end of this section I will link a video that does an amazing job at explaining the whole thing. I think you’ll know exactly what was said and why it isn’t allowed. I highly encourage you to watch the whole video. It’s not only informative, it’s entertaining. It is a tish bit NSFW because of language. If you can’t figure out what and why it is not allowed to be said after you watch that video come on into the store and I’ll hit you on the head with a tack hammer.
If you got offended when I told you I’m smarter than you because your a bigot, well this is the time to redeem yourself. You’re smarter than people give you credit for. Educate yourself and be a better person. I know for a fact that most people are inherently good people who may just be ignorant or ill-informed. Here is a chance to learn something and do good in peoples lives. Watch this: https://youtu.be/nxeB2AXIG3E
Thank you for coming to my ted talk
I know I usually have a lighthearted attitude full of terrible jokes and outdated memes but this time I was straight up aggressive. That is because I am truly upset and I’m just not gonna put up with it in my business or in my life for that matter. We could be so much farther as a species without all these attitudes basically keeping us in the goddamn stone age. We all need to do better and it basically costs us nothing aside from a little big of mental note taking. That is not a high bar to clear and there is no good reason to not do it. I am always open to educate people, despite it not being anywhere in my job description. If you have questions and come to me with an open heart and open mind but aren’t sure? Then I am happy to talk with you. Let’s all do better. – Justin