A new meme blog is taking off. “Privilege Denying Dude” represents the type of person who denies that they have privilege, usually the privilege that comes with being white, male, heterosexual, cisgendered (not transgendered), and American. It identifies the sorts of phrases and ideas that are used to deny this kind of privilege, like this:
Who is “Privilege Denying Dude?” He is fictional, of course, but his bio reads:
“Look, I wasn’t around when all that bad stuff happened. All I know is I got to where I am solely by hard work. Discrimination? I’m not going to listen to this. You obviously can’t hear me: my reality is the only reality.”
The meme uses a stock image photo of “your average young, white guy” and uses an online image editor to allow people to write captions on the photo and submit them to the blog. Here are some more examples:
The blog is hosted by Tumblr, which provides an easy platform for remixing, commenting, reblogging, sharing, and discussion. And what’s really exciting about “Privilege Denying Dude” is that it has opened the door for many to discuss the idea of privilege, which is something most people with privilege don’t usually think about. It’s a great example of how technology can help foster meaningful discourse through collaboration and feedback.
Naturally, this meme has made me think about my own privilege and also the privilege that often comes along with being a Jewish American in the 21st Century. If there was a “Privilege Denying Jewish Dude,” what would his captions read?