Of course not.
but, are you sure you are white?
Of course not.
but, are you sure you are white?
go on with your bad self...
that would be offensive. NOW...If you grew your own locks then that would not only be acceptable but comendable. IMO
I agree. Its not bein overly sensitive but it is somewhat offensive. Not as offensive as college campus parties where people paint their faces black, fry chicken, and tape 40s to their hands...now thats offensive and worthy of an ass kicking. I doubt anyone will kick your ass over a dreadlock wig though, but you might look stupid.
Edward Fortyhands is a classic drinking game. Some people I know (not me, of course...) played it quite often. It has no overt racial component by itself, and is only offensive when done by people in black-face or some other attempt to bring race into the picture.
Edward Forty hands is a drinking game but those campus parties where people are blantantly racist, I wish I could go Ice Cube on them from "Higher Learning".
When done as a racial stereotype thing, it makes me want to unleash the little asian girl.
Not at all, a guy (who was white) had a dreadlock wig at Sportsnation yesterday and everyone got a huge kick out of it.
People got a kick out of people dancing around in black face as well but that does not make it O.K
There's a bit of a difference between a guy wearing a dreadlock wig and a Michigan jersey in support of Denard and a 1900s era minstrel show. If you can't see that difference, then you are making a concious decision to be offended and hyper-sensitive, and I guess that's your right. But I find that conflating the OP with a minstrel showman dancing around in blackface is more than a little insulting to the people who had to suffer through that era.
Minstrel Shows were horrible, I cant imagine shit like that going on daily and people thinking its alright.
What if it was weekly instead?
The Pistons handed out afro wigs during their playoff runs with Ben Wallace and I don't think anyone took that as offensive. Comparing a dreadlock wig to minstrel shows is one of the most insanely idiotic things I've ever heard.
I'd say you're bound to offend at least one person, but it sounds like it's all in good fun.
...dreadlock wig made from shoelaces? Would that be offensive?
Black-hole sized time waste? Yep.
Pretty damn awesome? Yep.
It's just a hair style...it's not like you're painting yourself brown or something outrageous.
I totally agree, but it's sort of a lesser extent of that. And obviously we've got one pissed off member (see above) already opposed.
one pissed off member
There you go.
And he might just be that one crazy drunk guy in the stands who kicks me in the back of the head.
the guy who has run out of ideas. Second, all im saying is when you do stuff like (although not your intent) you may be seen as mocking something form another culture. That’s why said, if you grew your own, that is something totally different...and pretty cool.
Well Wichitan -- your hair better get growing by Saturday.
you may be seen as mocking something form another culture.
You do realize that the word "mocking" has several different definitions, not all of which are negative, right? There is also the old saying that "imitation is the best form of flattery"...
I thought it was imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Just weight the risk vs. reward. Reward - people love it and pat you on the back, maybe get a free beer. Risk - well, that's a play it by ear one.
without it being offensive?
its not just a hair style. I dont care what color you are, if you dont know what you are wearing you prob should not wear it.
That is all
My face looks like your avatar right now. What do white person dreads mean other than "I don't like to wash my hair?" (Or I guess, in this case, "SHOELACE!")
has the same feelings about mullets. It's a style and if you don't understand it*, then you can't wear a wig representing.
*Business up front, party in the back
of cool to see a black dude with a mullet.
A little jerry curl like Jules Winnefield....
would be in support of a great Michigan football player.
Seriously, just stop.
THis argument is amazingly conceited. In otherwords, you have a higher level of knowledge than others, so you are enabled to do more and greater things! God forbid that he were allowed to emulate his favorite quarterback because he does not understand the nuances of culture the way that you are blessed to do!
Ask yourself this: Let's say hypothetically, Tate was having the same crazy year Denard is. Now lets say Tate's hair is super long, or he has a crazy Goatee or something....would you wear a wig or a glue-on goatee in that case?
Were all the rage (OK, tepid enthusiasm) during the Pistons run to the NBA World Championship a few years back.
Not approving, just sayin'
...AND the Bulls. I had 2. Still have 1.
I will find it offensive if you are sitting exactly 1 row, directly in front of me, and you are taller than 5'8". Other than that, you're good in my book. I'll stick with my blue dri-fit hat with a maize block M.
Simpsons did it.
An excerpt from Wikipedia states:
"Locks can be an expression of deep religious or spiritual convictions, a manifestation of ethnic pride, a political statement, or be simply a fashion preference."
The fashion preference people will have no issue, it's the spiritual and ethnic faction that could be worrisome. No one enjoys their religious or ethnic values mocked for entertainment value, or otherwise. But, hey, it isn't like you're blazing up a Holy book.
If Ditka does it, it's ok.
I saw many Ben Wallace Fro's in the stands at The Palace. Never offended me. I say where them...I might go get a dread wig myself.
Improper use of the word "where".
I am offended you had to ask this question.
I don't see a problem with it, look at the banner, its kind of become a team symbol. Also, I knew a few white dudes (the hippy type) with dreads back in the day. I say go for it, its all in fun. You'll probably offend at least one person, but it definitely won't be the first time they've been offended by something stupid.
As I recall, the big Ben Wallace afro wigs were real popular with Pistons fans at the Palace and nobody complained. Shouldn't be a problem for you. Have fun with it!
It cannot, no matter what anyone thinks, be offensive unless you intend to offend.
If you don't mean to offend, and someone is offended, that's called hypersensitivity- in which case, they are the offender.
You clearly would be supporting the guy- if not glorifying him.
How anyone could miss that point and find it offensive is beyond me...
I say wear them without hesitation!!!
Exactly. I can't even believe that anyone could possibly find something meant as flattery offensive. That takes quite the inferential leap on their part.
what you did there.
Your definition of what can be deemed offensive is completely wrong. You obviously have never taken any corporate legal compliance training before.
Is that where I should go to learn about cultural sensitivity?
Some of the more self-righteous Rastafari might be offended, because dreads hold religious significance for them. But if they're that uptight, who cares what they think?
uptight Rastafarians at the Big House on game day.
those rapscallions, getting all drunk up on Geritol, and telling you to sit down the whole game.
A cumulative probability problem.
Let's go with the thought that the likelihood of any one person getting pissed at you is small -how 'bout 1/1000?
There's 109,000 people at the game. Let's guess that only people in your section have a reasonable shot at seeing you -there's like what 42 sections? That's roughly 2600 people.
Expected number of people pissed off 2.6.
Chances of not pissing a given person off 999/1000 looks ok but cumulative chance of getting away without agita almost zero.
Several people will be ticked.
Of course you could also estimate the cumulative probability of highfives and compare lol.
Sorry for the stats I had my second latte so I am overly awake
Why would this offend anyone? Its offensive to me that we have to constantly ask if things may offend someone. Unfortunately, it seems that this is the trend now though.
Just don't paint your face black, and you should be fine!
As a hockey player, I am OFFENDED by people wearing mullet wigs at hockey games for a promotion. It's offensive.
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No. But I would advise against the blackface.
There's a Ted Danson in blackface joke somewhere in my brain, but for the life of me, I can't find it.
going to a game, wearing a dread wig, superman tights, and a blue cape. Though instead of the "S", I would have a "16".
Then I realized I am pushing 40, and said to myself. Are you an Idiot? Grow Up!!!
If I were a student, in the student section, it would be cool...
I think most people would get it. I think it would be offensive if you made your face look black.
he is too stupid to make up his own mind on something and you guys all go off making fun of him. Shame on you.
is our own Clarence Beeks didn't suggest (then cut and paste or link) Dan Aykroyd's Louis Winthorp III NYE train-riding Rastafarian.
Randolph Duke: "Where's Beeks? Where in the hell is Beeks?"
now if you were to put black face paint on, I'd consider it offensive. Otherwise, you have my approval.
Even though I thought it was stupid, think about the Manny hype that went on in Dodgers Stadium - they had a whole section named after him in the outfield (Manny Land) where people wore dread wigs and all kinds of stupid stuff.
Off Topic post of the year.
As long as it's obvious that you're wearing the dreads in support of Denard then I would think it would be alright. I'm sure if someone confronted you about it you could explain yourself. However, I am a white guy so I'm not sure that I'm the best judge.
need to stop being sooo sensative!!
Rock the dreads just remember so smile like a motherfucker and you should be golden!!!!
Is it offensive for a black man to dress up as Superman for Halloween?
At this point I'd be offended if you didn't wear the dreds.
OF course its not racist....dreads arent ONLY for black people and if your black and think that thats racist than YOUR probably a racist yourself....
so the only person who'd be offended is some dude who gets his ideology imparted to him from The Boondocks.
Good, glad we solved this one.
Since we don't seem to have this conversation about mustaches when someone has an awesome mustache, I don't see why we should have to have it about dreads.
Wear your hair, or wig however you want... If anyone gets pissed off tell them to calm down, and stop being overly sensitive. Seriously, I love watermelon, and I'm not being racist or offensive by eating it, unless someone is way too sensitive.
What makes things offensive is the meaning behind them... Is it offensive that I currently have my shoes untied?
Maybe I am being overly sensitive.
Have fun and knock yourself out.