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(Slate)   How to talk to your QAnon relatives at Thanksgiving dinner. Wait, why are you even inviting them into your house? They're probably not even vaccinated for goodness sake. And aren't they still in Dallas waiting for JFK to return anyway?   (slate.com) divider line
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2021-11-24 2:37:32 PM  
Personally, I don't understand why you'd need to say anything more to them than, "Stay the fark away, you're not welcome here." There's no law that says you should tolerate abhorrent behavior or belief systems just because someone is related to you, and if it's your house, it's your rules.

If the question is whether or not you should be going to their house, well that's an easy answer, too. No.

This idea that toxic family members can't simply be excised from the social aspects of your life is false and stupid. They can be, and everyone's usually better for it. If that somehow ends up meaning that you have no family to spend Thanksgiving with, celebrate a Thanksgiving with friends.
 
2021-11-24 3:28:22 PM  
Ever actually run into them? Don't worry about how you're going to talk to them. They'll be doing -all- of the talking. And their eyes will stop blinking while they're doing it.
 
2021-11-24 3:37:03 PM  
I'm not inviting anyone over and I'm not going anywhere.
/I also don't care much for turkey.
 
2021-11-24 3:37:03 PM  
How to talk to them:  Stay the fark away from my kids you incurable psychos

You're welcome
 
2021-11-24 3:37:34 PM  
I am so glad that I no longer have relatives.
 
2021-11-24 3:37:44 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Personally, I don't understand why you'd need to say anything more to them than, "Stay the fark away, you're not welcome here." There's no law that says you should tolerate abhorrent behavior or belief systems just because someone is related to you, and if it's your house, it's your rules.

If the question is whether or not you should be going to their house, well that's an easy answer, too. No.

This idea that toxic family members can't simply be excised from the social aspects of your life is false and stupid. They can be, and everyone's usually better for it. If that somehow ends up meaning that you have no family to spend Thanksgiving with, celebrate a Thanksgiving with friends.


As someone that has not spoken to his father & brother in almost a year, I wholeheartedly endorse this.
 
2021-11-24 3:38:02 PM  
Simple. Don't.
 
2021-11-24 3:38:03 PM  
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2021-11-24 3:39:04 PM  
People still holding out a faint shred of hope they can be reached I see.

/Frozen - Let it go
 
2021-11-24 3:39:08 PM  
My QAnon relatives are on the other side of the country.

And that's still not far enough away for me.
 
2021-11-24 3:39:54 PM  
Put on a JFK mask.
 
2021-11-24 3:40:24 PM  
The proper response when they come to the door is:

Me: I told you to never come near my house. I'll give you 10 seconds to get off my property before I open fire.
The Q filth: But the road is a quarter mile up your driveway.
Me: See how nice I was to give you a head start. You've just eaten up 5 seconds being an idiot.
 
2021-11-24 3:40:25 PM  
People will be hungry for ham in Dallas tomorrow after weeks and weeks of these turkeys.
 
2021-11-24 3:40:28 PM  
I wonder how many shootings related to Thanksgiving get-togethers we're going to hear about in the coming days.
 
2021-11-24 3:40:30 PM  
"How to talk to your QAnon relative"(s)

Nope. I am never talking to that guy again as long as he lives.

/Yes, I am quite confident I will live longer.
 
2021-11-24 3:40:35 PM  
Simply use a soundboard app loaded with burps, farts, laughs and ridiculous noises.
 
2021-11-24 3:40:42 PM  
"I have this one friend who's a crazy racist. Just says the world's worst stuff all the time. It's horrible. But we've been friends for 30 years so I can't just stop being friends with him even though he's 1 step away from going full Nazi."

-- some Farkers in this thread, eventually
 
2021-11-24 3:41:00 PM  

HerptheDerp: People still holding out a faint shred of hope they can be reached I see.

/Frozen - Let it go


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2021-11-24 3:41:13 PM  
People, please!
Thanksgiving isn't about round-table political arguments. It's about dialing 9-1-1 & tending to burn wounds after the turkey deep-fryer explosions.
 
2021-11-24 3:41:25 PM  
I ain't eating a Hydroxychlorquine casserole or horse paste gravy
 
2021-11-24 3:42:17 PM  
Stupid, toxic "family" is no reason to destroy your own sanity. There are limits.
 
2021-11-24 3:43:02 PM  
I was gonna say Fark off , go away, Fark you and then slam the door in their face.

Then I saw Pocket Ninja covered it so I guess I won't.
 
2021-11-24 3:43:18 PM  
Yeah no. Sucks to be my family (solely because they want my cooking), but after spending last year having Thanksgiving only with my immediate family of 3 based on Covid necessity, and enjoying it immensely, I'm not doing Thanksgiving with extended family ever again. It's going to be a party of 3 again tomorrow and everyone else can suck it.
 
2021-11-24 3:44:14 PM  
We're all vaxxed and mostly boosted, in fact doing my 15 minute sit right now. I love my friends and family and they love me.

You MFers know what you did.
 
2021-11-24 3:44:57 PM  
You can't pick your relatives, but you can always pick your family.
 
2021-11-24 3:45:14 PM  

The Official Fark Cajun: Simple. Don't.


We had this thread the other day.

Consensus? Simple. Don't.
 
2021-11-24 3:46:57 PM  
Am I losing track of all these useless "think" pieces? I'd swear we ridiculed this one already.

Don't talk to your Q derp relatives. Just don't. Recommend a good therapist or psychiatrist, and a reputable substance abuse treatment facility probably wouldn't hurt, either.

Then ghost them.
 
2021-11-24 3:47:14 PM  

Stretchy Cat: Yeah no. Sucks to be my family (solely because they want my cooking), but after spending last year having Thanksgiving only with my immediate family of 3 based on Covid necessity, and enjoying it immensely, I'm not doing Thanksgiving with extended family ever again. It's going to be a party of 3 again tomorrow and everyone else can suck it.


I'm crashing it. Don't worry, I'll bring most of a case of Natty Ice. I can smoke in your house right?
 
2021-11-24 3:47:21 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Personally, I don't understand why you'd need to say anything more to them than, "Stay the fark away, you're not welcome here." There's no law that says you should tolerate abhorrent behavior or belief systems just because someone is related to you, and if it's your house, it's your rules.

If the question is whether or not you should be going to their house, well that's an easy answer, too. No.

This idea that toxic family members can't simply be excised from the social aspects of your life is false and stupid. They can be, and everyone's usually better for it. If that somehow ends up meaning that you have no family to spend Thanksgiving with, celebrate a Thanksgiving with friends.


The mythos that you have to feed shiatty relatives and tolerate that is perpetuated by shiatty relatives who just want you to take them farking with you, and you act like you like it.
 
2021-11-24 3:48:41 PM  
I was hoping the article would just be this picture:

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2021-11-24 3:49:33 PM  
Here's how I'll deal with them:
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Just kidding, no family or friends this year, we're going out.  The bison tenderloin looks intriguing.
 
2021-11-24 3:50:24 PM  
Shouldn't they be waiting for John John just offshore from Marsha's vineyard?
 
2021-11-24 3:50:56 PM  
I get that we all have to pretend that real like isn't more complicated than cut off everyone who associates with people I politically disagree with but you could easily be in a situation where it isn't that simple. Like you really love your brother and his wife but one of his kids is a conspiracy nut, do you cut off the entire family in that situation. Or your parents or grandparents who have been together for a 1000 years and you really love your grandmother but grandpa is a conspiracy nut and grandma ain't leaving a 1000 year marriage now so what never see them either?
 
2021-11-24 3:51:37 PM  
Those people are safely contained in Texas where they belong.  They never leave the county they live in so I don't expect them on my doorstep anytime soon.
 
2021-11-24 3:52:02 PM  
"Four years ago, an internet meme around Hillary Clinton went viral, and QAnon was born"

Don't read a trash article that gets the basic history of the 4chan poetry readings that became fake Nostradamus for the lulz.

And just don't invite people over that can't leave their baggage at the door so the kids can have a good holiday.
 
2021-11-24 3:52:59 PM  
I have this one friend who's a crazy racist. Just says the world's worst stuff all the time. It's horrible. But we've been friends for 30 years so I can't just stop being friends with him even though he's 1 step away from going full Nazi.
 
2021-11-24 3:54:36 PM  

austerity101: "I have this one friend who's a crazy racist. Just says the world's worst stuff all the time. It's horrible. But we've been friends for 30 years so I can't just stop being friends with him even though he's 1 step away from going full Nazi."


It's trickier when it's your brother. The answer needs to be the same, but let's not sit there and pretend that it's easy to cut out family.
 
2021-11-24 3:55:08 PM  

mcmiller: I have this one friend who's a crazy racist. Just says the world's worst stuff all the time. It's horrible. But we've been friends for 30 years so I can't just stop being friends with him even though he's 1 step away from going full Nazi.


Actually, you can.
 
2021-11-24 3:55:25 PM  
"I won't have you in my home unvaccinated, and your politics are offensive.  If you get vaccinated and change your politics, I will be happy to see you again".

And you do that over the phone, not in person.
 
2021-11-24 3:55:27 PM  

mcmiller: I have this one friend who's a crazy racist. Just says the world's worst stuff all the time. It's horrible. But we've been friends for 30 years so I can't just stop being friends with him even though he's 1 step away from going full Nazi.


Woah, that's pretty far-out.  Nobody could have expected you to say that.
 
2021-11-24 3:55:27 PM  

Weatherkiss: You can't pick your relatives, but you can always pick your family.


Deep thoughts with Dominic Torettto
 
2021-11-24 3:57:52 PM  

odinsposse: Put on a JFK mask.


Time for some grassy knoll cosplay?
 
2021-11-24 3:58:59 PM  

FrancoFile: mcmiller: I have this one friend who's a crazy racist. Just says the world's worst stuff all the time. It's horrible. But we've been friends for 30 years so I can't just stop being friends with him even though he's 1 step away from going full Nazi.

Actually, you can.


That's a whoooosh.
 
2021-11-24 4:00:05 PM  
Start a new conspiracy with them.

"Isn't it curious how Q comes before R, but after D?":
 
2021-11-24 4:01:10 PM  

Smoking GNU: FrancoFile: mcmiller: I have this one friend who's a crazy racist. Just says the world's worst stuff all the time. It's horrible. But we've been friends for 30 years so I can't just stop being friends with him even though he's 1 step away from going full Nazi.

Actually, you can.

That's a whoooosh.


If you look at the news once in a while, you'll see Poe's Law in full effect.

No joke is so obvious it can't be mistaken for some MAGA-loon's serious post.
 
2021-11-24 4:01:33 PM  
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2021-11-24 4:03:07 PM  
The easiest way to keep your QAnon relatives away on Thanksgiving is to require that everyone in attendance be fully vaccinated, and stand firm.
 
2021-11-24 4:03:32 PM  

Unsung_Hero: Smoking GNU: FrancoFile: mcmiller: I have this one friend who's a crazy racist. Just says the world's worst stuff all the time. It's horrible. But we've been friends for 30 years so I can't just stop being friends with him even though he's 1 step away from going full Nazi.

Actually, you can.

That's a whoooosh.

If you look at the news once in a while, you'll see Poe's Law in full effect.

No joke is so obvious it can't be mistaken for some MAGA-loon's serious post.


And THAT'S a whoooosh.
 
2021-11-24 4:04:07 PM  
Not inviting people is one option.  In my family, we have a standing "no talking politics or religion" rule and a "no more than one drink" rule for gatherings.  If you break the rules, you are asked to leave immediately and you won't be invited back for a year.

We do it because there are enough people who don't want to talk those things that it makes it worth while.  Usually it means that a few folks won't talk to each other, but that's alright.  And yes, someone couldn't keep their trap shut and received a kick-ban for a year.
 
2021-11-24 4:05:28 PM  

Moroning: [Fark user image 425x374]


Deprogramming cult members requires professional training and lots of time.  There's just no way to do that at Thanksgiving.
 
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