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Today Asok the intern came out. Tomorrow he'll have some things to say about the so-called government of India.

Cue the inevitable cries of "Stop being political! You're ruining Dilbert!"

Allow me to address that right now.

It's only political if there's someone on the other side of the debate. In this case, no one favors a government deciding which sexual acts among consenting adults in the privacy of their own homes are allowed and which are punishable by jail.

If I am wrong, and you favor the government restricting what kind of sex you can have with another consenting adult, please proudly state your case. I'm listening.

Cue cricket sounds...

 

 
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Feb 7, 2014
So, I usually go to Yahoo news' comics section to read Dilbert. They did not show Asok's coming out comic, but instead ran an old one - looks like many years old from the difference in art style. Any idea how many editors actually decided to show the same comic that made it to dilbert.com's home page? I'm just wondering how many non-readers of this blog think you suddenly decided to go back to pen and paper. When they hear about controversy in today's comic, will they be thinking, "Man some people get really passionate about retro drawing methods."
 
 
Feb 7, 2014
I am willing to state that I'm ok with the government restricting my ability to have PAID sex with another consenting adult.
 
 
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Feb 7, 2014
[I'm assuming you could tell the difference? -- Scott]

I can. There's a lot less complaining going on.
 
 
Feb 7, 2014
I too wish we could edit our own posts instead of having to add another.

@Scott, you only have a 1/7,046,000,000 chance of being correct here. That is clearly a non-zero chance. If you change your line to "There are very few people on the other side of this specific argument..." then I'll clearly side with you.

For the record, yes I'm an engineer. :)
 
 
Feb 7, 2014
@Scott "There are no people on the other side of this specific argument..." Didn't your mother teach you to never say never, which is circular logic in itself?

With 7.046 billion people in the world today, and 1.237 billion people in India in 2012, I am positive that there is 1. Somewhere. They probably work for the government or are the government.
 
 
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Feb 7, 2014
Scott,

Have you heard of the westboro baptist church?

[I believe they have the Internet, no? I welcome their argument in favor of elected officials deciding what kind of sex they can have with consenting adults in the privacy of their own homes. -- Scott]
 
 
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Feb 7, 2014
Note for the reading comprehension impaired...
Scott asked if anyone wants the government to mandate what YOU can do, and with whom.

Lots of people are misinterpreting that as caring if the government mandates what OTHER people can do. Yes, lots of people don't care if the government dictates somebody else's personal life. But do you want the gov to tell YOU, what YOU can do?
 
 
Feb 7, 2014
" no one favors a government deciding..."

That's a rather broad statement. Clearly someone in India is in favor of the government deciding things for them. The people in the government have supporters who think that this decision will make their supporters happy.

It shouldn't be too surprising that many people will have a private opinion that is contrary to what they might say publicly.

Remember that California -- a blue-state filled with ultra-left-wing loonie stoners and flower-children, voted in favor of Proposition 8 to ban same-sex marriages.

[Lots of people are opposed to gay marriage. Still waiting to hear from a person who wants the government to decide what kind of sex they can have in private with a consenting adult. -- Scott]
 
 
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Feb 7, 2014
So, this law exists, but to your assertion there is NO ONE, literally not one person in the world, who supports it? How did it come into existence though? Why did all those lawmakers pass a law they don't support? India is sadly not the only country where it's illegal to be gay. There are still sodomy laws on the books in the United States. How do you explain their existence given their absolute and total lack of support by any human being?

[I can't prove a negative. But I invite anyone on the other side to give their argument. The silence is deafening. -- Scott]
 
 
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Feb 7, 2014
I sympathize with Asok. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I committed the crime of being born left-handed. I am now doomed not to know what the right hand is doing and to be sorted into the same refuse piles as the chaff and the goats because I live my "chosen" left-handed life-style ....

Loved Asok's vacant, wide-eyed happy-face in today's comic, which I thought was great; wish I could vote on Scott's answers to the comments without voting on the comments.
 
 
Feb 7, 2014
[You know these people exist because...you saw a grainy video of one once? Or was it the partial footprint? -- Scott]

What do you expect me to do, google search for fundamentalist christian/anti-gay sites/forums and post the results here? Cant you millionaire cartoonists do anything yourselves?
 
 
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Feb 7, 2014
What if my wife consented to me having my way with her postmortem. Should the government allow that?

[I'm assuming you could tell the difference? -- Scott]
 
 
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Feb 7, 2014
My inner Clouseau (CHIEF inspector) is kicking-in.

The blog says Asok "came" out.
But the strip clearly portrays him being "pushed" out by Dogbert.

By oversight, or intention? That's the question Jimmy.
 
 
Feb 7, 2014
on another front when are you going to add editing capability to posts? yeah, I know - proof before clicking post... guess that's why I'm still in IT instead of writing...
 
 
Feb 7, 2014
admit it - you were just afraid Chuck Lorre was going to beat you to the punch! ;-)

I do think Kingfisher makes an interesting point though - much as I (& apparently you) basically do support them the LGBT makes an interesting/valid point in that this group is not known for their sense of humor & I wouldn't put it past them to take this as an attack on them rather than the show of solidarity/support you obviously intended ("WHAT?!? how DARE you imply that Dogbert can decide Asok is suddenly gay as a political statement!" - I can see the blogosphere lighting up already). interestingly, I happened to be in my car last night & caught part of an NPR story on how various feminist blogs are turning cannibal on each other (gee, they finally noticed?).

in any event, whatever the reaction you did the right thing! kudos for walking the talk on the whole "I've got enough $ so I'm gonna focus on making world better" thing!

[That risk feels small. Especially after tomorrow. -- Scott]
 
 
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Feb 7, 2014
If the question is, there are any people on the other side of the argument who read and/or post on your blog? the answer is, probably not.
If the question is, there are any people on the other side of the argument who read and like the dilbert comic? the answer is, probably a lot,

[There are plenty of people on the other side of arguments that this one reminds you of (such as gay marriage). There are no people on the other side of this specific argument, i.e. the government deciding what you can do in your own home with your own genitalia and another consenting adult. -- Scott]
 
 
Feb 7, 2014
Scott, this gay issue may be a big thing in the US. In India, nobody cares. India has got far larger problems and priorities than the symbolic rights of a miniscule percentage of the population.

Secondly, just to clarify, the law you refer you was not passed recently. It is probably almost a century old. The Supreme Court simply refused to strike down the law as unconstitutional. The Indian parliament is not constrained from repealing the law anytime it chooses.

Thirdly, you have only one Indian character in Dilbert. By making Asok gay, do you not risk branding all Indians as gay?

Our legal system may be a joke but there is little room for levity in the subject you have chosen. Try and find another more humorous battle.
 
 
Feb 7, 2014
"Are those people hiding with Bigfoot? Still waiting for one of those millions and millions of people you say exist to weigh in. -- Scott]"

@Scott, If cryptozoologists are looking for bigfoot in your blog, they're probably not very good at what they do. I'm guessing your blog isn't the favored hunting ground for a variety of near-human species.
 
 
Feb 7, 2014
I'm actually surprised this made it past your editors, not because it's offensive (I don't think), but because newspaper editors seem to still be living in the 1950's.

My only concern would be that some people might take your portrayal of Asok as being offensive to Indians, and now the LGBT community. I'm not saying it is a rational offense, but whenever you stick a distinguishing feature on a cartoon character, someone is going to get offended.

[Not all newspapers ran the strip I submitted. Some percentage ran an old strip instead. This is typical for the industry. -- Scott]
 
 
Feb 7, 2014
[Are those people hiding with Bigfoot? Still waiting for one of those millions and millions of people you say exist to weigh in. -- Scott]

Isnt it obvious? Those people dont like your blog and dont hang around here. They're in places on the net where they feel they belong. If you actually wanted to find some as opposed to expecting them to come to you it wouldnt be that difficult.

[You know these people exist because...you saw a grainy video of one once? Or was it the partial footprint? -- Scott]
 
 
 
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