We’re showing you 5 comics to let those annoying twitter trolls and Facebook racists, or even real life friends get shutup because they’re so irritating with their arguments. We’ve all been through most of these internet arguments lol.
Bonus to begin: The Terrible Argument: “We shouldn’t say that black lives matter, because everyone’s lives matter.”
In response to people who complain about the Black Lives Matter movement, because singling out black people who have been killed by police officers is somehow a form of racism, Kris Straub posted this installment of Chainsawsuit. It perfectly skewers the bizarre insistence that we should talk only about “equality” and never about the individual groups that are demanding equality.
1. The Terrible Argument: “You’re violating my free speech!”
Some people are under the mistaken impression that free speech means that they can say anything they want without criticism or consequence. But this comic from Randall Munroe’s xkcd reminds us exactly what free speech means:
2. The Terrible Argument: “Not all [insert group] are like that! I’m not like that!”
Sometimes, in response to complaints of harassment/bad actions by a particular group, a member of that group will respond with, “Not all of us are like that!” as if it is some sort of argument against the complaint.
To highlight the problem with that response (and doing nothing to solve the problem at hand), Dick Jarvis made the comic “Gull Factory” about a conversation between a seagull and rat. It doesn’t go so well. Jarvis includes this note:
If you feel like this comic doesn’t accurately represent you, and that you personally don’t act like this, good. That means this comic isn’t about you.
If you DO act like this, and are working on a counter argument about how not all _____ are ______ , well that’s just disappointing.
3. The Terrible Argument: “Evolution is just a theory.”
There is a whole slew of arguments that we’ve all heard from people who don’t believe in evolution: If we’re descended from apes, how come there are still apes? How can we discuss evolution as accepted science if it’s the Theory of Evolution?
In this excerpt from his book Science Tales: Lies, Hoaxes and Scams, Darryl Cunningham takes on common challenges to evolution, debunking them point by point. It probably won’t change the minds of someone who firmly believes evolution is lie, but it’s helpful for people who are genuinely confused.
4. The Terrible Argument: “I’m being unfailingly polite, so you should debate this with me whether you want to or not.”
Have you ever encountered someone who insists that their politeness is the most important aspect of your conversation, and that you owe it to them to debate every single point with them because they are being oh so polite about it? Thanks to David Malki’s Wondermark, that phenomenon now has a name: Sea Lioning. Damn intrusive marine mammals.
5. The Terrible Argument: “Things were never this bad before [insert event] happened.”
Need to respond to the relative who unironically says “Thanks, Obama,” regarding things that have absolutely nothing to do with who’s in the White House? Maybe pass along this Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic in which Zach Weinersmith points out that, by referencing atomic bombs, you can make all sorts of things sound terrible.