it's 2021 but apparently some people are still out of the loop so
do not use the term "fren"
here's a good place to start on why
it's a nazi/alt-right dogwhistle and i don't wanna see it. do not use it in any context. don't just stop using it around me but continue using it around others. just don't use it at all. if you hear someone else say it tell them to stop too. if they refuse to stop even after you have informed them then that should be raising some serious red flags
i am going to be implementing a block on sight no questions asked policy going forward
@haskal Why do the Nazis have to keep ruining perfectly good words. Who let them have access to a dictionary.
@haskal some additional reading on this reddit thread https://www.reddit.com/r/TopMindsOfReddit/comments/bjwbln/rfrenworld_is_a_look_into_just_how_acceptable_and/
@haskal thanks for letting me know! I picked it up from local antifa nerds, had no idea there was a Bad Internet Place associated.
@haskal thanks for providing info, I wasn't able to get a source on why this was suddenly considered a dogwhistle and initially thought it was some kind of fakeout or prank gone out of control
Fuck nazis either way
@haskal oh shit, I didn't know about this. Thanks for posting! (Not that it's part of my vocabulary anyway but... ffs Nazis ruin absolutely everything. I'm not online enough to keep up with whatever new fad they're co-opting/creating for their own crappy means.)
Thanks again! Sorry for being a random.
@haskal did they originate the shortening, or are they one of many unrelated groups who picked it up?
nazis trying to make inoffensive words offensive so people look ridiculous calling them out and/or so blanket bans catch random innocent people is /exactly their tactic/ and I refuse to play their game by their rules
@lioness @haskal i agree there. it's probably a bad idea to abandon words or symbols claimed by fascists if they haven't been involved in massive harm done to minorities. i'd never try to argue for the reclaiming of the svastika or other nazi symbolism because that has been historically involved in much material harm (although "degenerate" is being reclaimed i guess)
but not saying "fren" because of one subreddit? not a good tactic. would indeed be playing by their rules.
@categorille @lioness @haskal I'm with you on that, and other people have written about this before https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/03/ok-sign-gesture-emoji-rightwing-alt-right
@haskal we should stop letting them co-opt words, don’t give them the power they want. censorship is not good.
@rats just fyi i'm not reading this essay which is presumably to justify why you will continue using the term "fren" despite my warning
feel free. note last sentence of my original post
@haskal Why tf do n@zis keep ruining perfectly good words ffs... Idk i'm not sure if avoiding words is the right strategy, it's like when they tried to make "milk" racist, i really don't think that blindly avoiding words is useful... What we need is resemantization of problematic words (don't get me wrong, some words are unreclaimable), but words like "based" used to be used in alt-right context and now have taken another meaning. "queer" is also a very good example of reclaiming.
@email@example.com it must be a sad lonely existence living a life devoid of frens, but do you need to be a huge whiny faggot online?
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