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White

I went to go see a movie last night. There was a preview for A Haunted House 2. There was a scene where a safe falls on a dog and dude goes “Call 911! Tell ’em the dog is white! Tell ’em the dog is white!” The audience laughs.

When I got out of the movie and was farting around on Twitter, I learned that a woman named Justine Sacco tweeted “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” The audience gets very mad.

Please don’t think I’m taking anyone’s side here. My only point is that, whether or not you think race jokes are ever OK, it’s hard to know what the rest of the world is going to think, because apparently it ranges from “very funny haha” to “not at all OK.”