“… Which, when it comes down to it, is really the problem with all satire that re-creates racist behavior. In the best-case scenario, the message you communicate to the erudite audience who utterly “get it” is, at best, nothing more complex or noteworthy than ‘Hey, blackface is bad, homies, man, we used to be racist.’ That’s it. The best you get out of the portrayal is a chance to state the (hopefully) completely obvious.
And the downside? As 30 Rock should well know, anyone who’s ever had their lame boss inform them that they ‘want to go to there’ knows that there’s no controlling the context in which your jokes ultimately live. The worst-case scenario is you create something that gives aid and comfort to racists.”
- Andrew Ti
He is specifically talking about racial satire, but I feel it applies equally to all satire. Also I read “Yo, Is This Racist?” everyday and have previously Twittered to this guy while drunk, so his opinions are clearly legit by my rigorous personal standards.