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Cards Against Humanity Creator Regrets Transphobic Card


Cards Against Humanity creator Max Temkin has apologized for a transphobic card previously included in earlier editions of the popular game. Cards, a game Temkin and his co-creators designed while in college, makes a point of being as politically incorrect as possible, often taking potshots at racial minorities, disabled individuals, and notable public figures

Social-3f4a4c57"We were writing jokes for ourselves and we weren't really thinking about how it would affect other people," Temkin told Fusion in an interview. "But when you have something that starts to be part of pop culture, you can't help but see how it makes people feel and feel some sense of responsibility for that."

Temkin came under fire after Tumblr user horriblewarning, a teenager who identifies as transgender, drew the transphobic card, decided to burn it, and post photos the photos to his blog.

“Somebody played that card, and somebody else was like, ‘That’s not OK.’ I decided I didn’t want it in my deck,” He said.

Tumblr, known for the ways in which content spreads through it virally and its active queer communities, has since seen the initial photoset reblogged well over 50,000 times. horriblewarning, whose first name is Jonah, has since expressed deeper thought over the photos, admitting that his initial reaction was an implicit endorsement of Cards Against Humanity’s other examples of comedic bigotry:

I was only looking at the issues which affected me personally, and I was allowing myself to find everything else funny because I wasn’t the person to whom it’s directed. I truly regret making this post, not because I’ve gotten a bit of shit for it but because I am appalled at myself that I didn’t see what I was doing.

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  1. Handled well by all sides. There's hope yet.

    I assume CAH will pull the card from future decks.

    Posted by: SPOT | Jun 25, 2014 9:27:50 AM

  2. Ugh, just no. The whole point of the game is that the cards are supposed to be "not ok."

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 25, 2014 9:33:02 AM

  3. CAH pulled the card from future decks a long time ago.
    However, if CAH has pissed you off, then the game has done its job.

    Posted by: Richard Harney | Jun 25, 2014 9:33:09 AM

  4. This is one of a slew of inappropriate cards. Everyone needs to relax.

    Posted by: Jameson | Jun 25, 2014 9:34:31 AM

  5. As someone who enjoys snorting coke off a clown's boner, I am outraged.

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 25, 2014 9:43:22 AM

  6. I have the CAH game, and it's very politically incorrect. And that's ok, because it's meant to be that way. And it's meant to poke fun. The easiest way for people to feel less offended is to feel less offended.

    The whole "trans-phobic" fake controversy has really opened my eyes to the fact that LGBT doesn't make any sense at all. LGB has to do with sexual identity. the "T" has to do with gender identity. How we all ended up in the same acronym is strange. We have different needs/interests/agendas.

    Posted by: Me | Jun 25, 2014 9:44:18 AM

  7. So the cards mocking racial minorities and disabled individuals, they're ok? If they're really censoring cards that offend people, they need to take the game off the market, not appeal to one group who's offended, and leave all the other ones hanging out to dry. The Helen Keller card, the Anne Frank card (almost always used to mock and ridicule), those are fine? I guess they don't regret making those cards. Hmmm.

    Doesn't transvestite specifically refer to a person wearing the opposite gender's clothing? It's mocking drag queens way more than actual transgender people.

    Posted by: Eric | Jun 25, 2014 9:47:34 AM

  8. Tumblr is full of Social Justice Warriors who finally make me understand why my dad always screams about people being too politically correct. As a liberal-minded person I used to get pissed when he'd paint everyone on the left with that broad brush, but now I totally get his point. If people do not have the sense of humor to play Cards Against Humanity, they probably shouldn't bother. They can stick with Apples to Apples.

    Posted by: Ryan | Jun 25, 2014 9:50:45 AM

  9. Max Temkin is wise to remove this card.

    Not because it is particularly offensive - it is not. He is wise because the tranny activist community is so violent and aggressive against any perceived slight against them (very male behavior by the way) that he was probably in danger.

    Drop the T.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jun 25, 2014 10:03:17 AM

  10. By the way why on EARTH is the term 'passable transvestite' a transphobic term?

    Some men are transvestites. Some look convincing as women - they are passable transvenstites. Some look like what they are - men in dresses.

    Typical trannie hysteria.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jun 25, 2014 10:13:59 AM

  11. Ridiculous. The Cards mock all races, religions, sexual orientations,and political leanings. Removing the trans card is basically saying that trans people are too fragile. also, the player who burned the card is a total hypocrite. Why didn't he burn all the insulting offensive cards?

    Posted by: Ryan | Jun 25, 2014 10:19:26 AM

  12. This kid needs to get over himself.

    A) CAH offends anyone and everyone, that's the whole point. If you're such a delicate flower, don't play.
    B) Transvestite and transgender aren't synonymous. Transvestites are crossdressers who get sexual pleasure from wearing the other gender's clothes, they're not transitioning to the other gender. If you don't even know what a word means, you really shouldn't be offended by it. Idiots like this are why a large portion of the gay community don't like associating with the T part of LGBT

    Posted by: Jmac | Jun 25, 2014 10:19:51 AM

  13. Drop the MaryM

    Posted by: Mikey M | Jun 25, 2014 10:20:53 AM

  14. shutup tranny.

    Posted by: TLTR81 | Jun 25, 2014 10:33:24 AM

  15. Black Card: What gives me uncontrollable gas?
    White Card: MaryM

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 25, 2014 10:36:25 AM

  16. Can someone explain why the tranny was so offended by the term 'passable transvestite'?

    Or was she simply looking for an excuse to be offended like so many of that violent, aggressive, homophobic, tranny community?

    Posted by: MaryM | Jun 25, 2014 10:37:57 AM

  17. It said "passable transvestite" not "passable tr*nny"

    In the US & UK transvestite is the term for cross dressing hetero men...and some gay men. You would never call someone who identifies as female a transvestite.

    How about Passable Drag Queen as a replacement?

    Posted by: Qj201 | Jun 25, 2014 10:38:57 AM

  18. Yet again members of the trans community with a knee-jerk reaction. The entire point of CAH is to make the more egregious, tasteless, and offensive hand. If someone is really that delicate of a person, they should be playing Parcheesi or Yahtzee. Every time, the trans community cries "wolf", I care less and less.

    Posted by: Quicksilver | Jun 25, 2014 10:47:01 AM

  19. Oh, get over yourselves, trans bigots. One 19-year-old trans person no more represents the entire "trans community" than Tom Daley represents the entire gay community.

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 25, 2014 11:02:14 AM

  20. It's funny how the same people who complain about what Andy Towle posts to *his* site are also complaining about what the owner (or co-owner, whatever) chooses to include in *his* game. I'll say the same thing now as ever: if you don't like it, go elsewhere.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Jun 25, 2014 11:18:19 AM

  21. Really? Every single card is offensive, that's the point and that's what makes it so fun to play - one time only. The novelty wears off so dramatically it's actually unpleasant to play beyond one time. The cards only shock once.

    Posted by: Andy | Jun 25, 2014 11:23:17 AM

  22. Those offended probably shouldn't be playing this game anyway. If your premise is that you can mock others but are Distressed and Offended by something that you think mocks you, then you are not a very good person.

    Posted by: Timothy Kincaid | Jun 25, 2014 11:34:09 AM

  23. Boo freakin' hoo. CAH is about being politically incorrect. If you cant handle the ruse go play Go Fish. Sooner we dump the "T" from LGB, the better.

    Posted by: Sam | Jun 25, 2014 11:39:36 AM

  24. This "game" seems pretty heinous. It seems like the problem could go deeper than just anti-trans issues.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jun 25, 2014 11:54:42 AM

  25. Complaining about the offensiveness of a game designed to be offensive is not the best way to generate empathy... and it suggests that one is humorless.

    Then again, it's easy to tell an oppressed minority to have a better sense of humor about things I don't personally find offensive.

    Despite the fact that CAH is a more-or-less equal opportunity offender, there are still lines it doesn't cross (and for good reason). There is no "grinning black man eating watermelon" card or "hook-nosed jew counting his money" card. Those cards don't exist because, even in the context of a subversive game, some things are too incendiary/offensive for good fun.

    Posted by: kipp | Jun 25, 2014 12:03:38 PM

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