Cards Against Humanity Founders’ Nuisance Committee Super PAC Continue Campaign Against Trump
Cards Against Humanity is a popular party game that is making headlines, according to PBS. But there was one billboard written in Arabic against a black background that sent social media into a frenzy.
The Cards Against Humanity folks put up Arabic billboard about Trump—”He can’t read this but he is afraid of it”: https://t.co/jQxE7dx35f pic.twitter.com/JRFHMEmoIN
— ⛴ TheMaryEllenCarter (@flyaway47) October 19, 2016
The billboard, which could be seen on a major highway in a Michigan suburb that has a large Arab-American population, was apparently addressed to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The Nuisance Committee, created by Cards Against Humanity, claimed credit for the billboard.
While the billboard is written in Arabic, the translation is, according to PBS, “Donald Trump, he can’t read this, but he is afraid of it.” Cards Against Humanity co-founder, Max Temkin, who created the super PAC called Nuisance Committee, said the purpose of the ad was to “poke fun at Donald Trump.”
With today being the fateful day that Americans head to voting booths to vote for either Trump or Hillary Clinton, Nuisance Committee spokesperson Melissa Harris talked with PBS about the real meaning of their project.
Harris said that Nuisance Committee, which was started by Cards Against Humanity co-founder Max Temkin this year, has a special mission in Michigan because it’s a swing state at this year’s presidential election.
“Because Michigan is a swing state we wanted to make sure that Arab-Americans in Dearborn, Michigan, and in all of Michigan stand up and have their voices heard and be counted.”
So apparently Trump has nothing to be afraid of (apart from Cards Against Humanity trying to steal his votes in Michigan), as the goal of the Arabic billboard was to encourage Arab-Americans living in Michigan to go to the polls on November 8.
Cards Against Humanity founder skewers Donald Trump with obscure video game reference billboard https://t.co/IZnD84eU2M pic.twitter.com/ziw9gWP8la
— The Drum (@TheDrum) October 18, 2016
But that’s not the sole goal of that ad. Harris explained that the Cards Against Humanity’s billboard campaign also has the purpose of pointing out “the lack of logic or even reality” in Trump’s “hateful, anti-immigrant rhetoric.” The Republican presidential candidate has received a fair share of criticism for his anti-Muslim comments in the past.
Trump has previously called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States. Harris added that Cards Against Humanity and the Nuisance Committee also hope to promote a dialogue between Arabic and non-Arabic population in the U.S. that would lead to “greater understanding and less fear.”
*The Nuisance Committee* : Cards Against Humanity’s diabolical plan to ‘drive Trump nuts’ https://t.co/ZXFekzQeRl pic.twitter.com/ftefNcNfUD
— Jeffrey J Davis (@JeffreyJDavis) August 17, 2016
When asked why the Nuisance Committee chose satire to be the tool to advocate their viewpoints, Harris explained that Cards Against Humanity is a “funny game” with the primary focus on humor.
“The other thing is we wanted to be clever and witty instead of participating in the kind of meanness or cruelty that Donald Trump espouses. That is not our style.”
But it appears that not everyone thinks that Cards Against Humanity is “funny,” “witty” or “clever,” according to Heat Street. The New York Times has recently published an opinion piece, in which its author denounced the popular party game as racist.
The author of the article, Dan Brooks, finds Cards Against Humanity “irresponsible” and says only closeted racists can enjoy playing it. The party game allows people to form ridiculous and outrageous statements using two sets of cards featuring cruel phrases.
But Brooks says people should feel “horrible” for playing Cards Against Humanity, explaining that this party game “isn’t really transgressive at all.”
“It is a game of naughty giggling for people who think the phrase ‘black people’ is inherently funny.”
Brooks also added that Cards Against Humanity recasts “popular prejudices and gross-out humor” as “acts of rebellion” for people, thus giving them “the thrill of conspiracy.” Hundreds of people took to social media to ridicule Brooks’s article, joking that writing an article about Cards Against Humanity in the New York Times is even less “transgressive.”
Cards Against Humanity’s “The Nuisance Committee” Goes After Trump with Overwatch https://t.co/iT62mISF3M pic.twitter.com/c28OyhMNT8
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