Recently a wave of viral videos hit YouTube. “Sh*t” people said — and by people I mean every possible group out there — was everywhere. Some of them were better than others in terms of humor, production quality, acting, etc but what was interesting about them was that these videos took stereotypes and cliches and amplified them.
I thought — why not do a similar thing? Why not take the expat women and expat men and create a couple of videos to amplify a few things that those two groups are known for saying? Why not laugh at ourselves?
I don’t pretend to be a comedienne and I am certainly not a filmmaker. 🙂 But I penned a script of sayings that I either remember hearing or things I’ve said myself and hired some actors. The result was “Sh*t Expat Women Say” and “Sh*t Expat Men Say”.
The reaction was mixed. Some people thought it was some good, old fun that allowed us all to laugh at ourselves but there were others that felt slighted (you can check out comments to both videos at the links above). The offense some people took made me think: where do we draw the line between taking other people’s opinion and humor as just that — humor — and taking it as something else — something that offends us?
How is that similar or different to managing our feelings towards something when we live in another culture? How do we decide what offends us and what humors us?
Thoughts? Opinions? Shares?
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