Nasty Playing Cards and Apologies
There’s a new card game making the rounds that’s designed to offend. What does it say about our culture that this marketing strategy actually works?
“Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people,” reads the game’s website. “Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends.”
The game’s concept is simple: A dealer issues a black fill-in-the-blank card, and using their a handful of white answer cards, players try to come up with the funniest (and often most offensive-sounding) combination. The player who accomplishes that wins the round.
For example, a typical black card begins “The class field trip was completely ruined by – .” The white cards offer answers, including famous people: George Bush, Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, and then more colorful attacks. The deck includes both “Glenn Beck being harried by a swarm of buzzards” and “Glenn Beck catching his scrotum on a curtain hook.”
You can also try the religion-mocking cards, including “The Pope,” “The Jews,” “The Holy Bible,” and even “Muhammad (Praise Be Unto Him).”