I have always loathed the American cultural export of the nerd/geek/whatever. (I'm not American, btw). It's highly artificial and not in the slightest amusing to me. From the very little I've seen of TBBT, I found it vaguely offensive. I don't especially meet many of their criteria but I do play RPGs and I dislike my hobby being cast as something for losers or otherwise socially awkward people.
I guess I'm weird, I tend to see a lot of myself and my friends in TBBT, we tend to watch it as a 'if you can't laugh at yourself' kinda thing.
Yeah, see that's the thing. I don't see those people as myself. But I do recognize that the creators of the program think I am. It's not about not being able to laugh at myself, it's about being stereotyped and made into a caricature for the amusement of others. That's why the comparison to Blackface is quite a good one. Maybe you find the comparison offensive but Blackface was a bunch of people playing caricatures and propagating stereotypes. I actually find such stereotypes genuinely harmful. Not only to those who fall into them (a bit), but also to those who don't and see something (a type of film, a book, a hobby such as RPGs) as not belonging to them but being part of a particular social group.
On a good day I just find it stupid. On a bad day, it irritates me enormously.
Edited by knasserII, 03 May 2014 - 05:26 PM.