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    [–] TFW your large adult boss publicly walks back your big contribution to the company elpinko 7 points ago in HighQualityGifs

    The last time someone did this there were death threats. Then again asking people to recycle can get you death threats too so idk.

    [–] MRW I find out filthy redcoat /u/elpinko is telling our patriotic subreddit how to use plastics elpinko 2 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago) in HighQualityGifs

    Thanks for actually engaging in a conversation with me. I couldn't even do that in my own thread because everything I wrote hit -10 as soon as I posted it.

    [–] MRW I find out filthy redcoat /u/elpinko is telling our patriotic subreddit how to use plastics elpinko 3 points ago in HighQualityGifs

    Haha, yea I spotted the ship posting thing and changed it quickly. I would do a gif about boats but honestly I'm staying away from ocean related gifs for a bit. The last time I tried some controversial material in the ocean it didn't end well.

    And it's fine that you took the gif however you took it, it is a shame that the theme of the gif got lost. I wasn't going for 'criticism of America (and Japan)' so much as I was hoping people would read those stats, look at the amount of disposable plastic they were going to use that day and maybe think 'Do I need to use all of this?'

    Fuck China and India for being so disrespectful to the planet, but honestly there isn't much I personally can do to stop them, but when someone goes to put a straw in my drink I can say no thanks.

    [–] MRW I find out filthy redcoat /u/elpinko is telling our patriotic subreddit how to use plastics elpinko 5 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago) in HighQualityGifs

    I'm not sure when it happened but apparently making a Spongebob Squarepants gif can now been seen as a legitimate piece of political propaganda rather than a meme. I guess when your President has been on Nickelodeon it becomes kinda hard to distinguish the two.

    Seriously though, that whole thread turned into a dumpster fire and I think a lot of people got caught up in the arguments about whos dick was bigger and completely forgot what was actually in the title/gif. A few things from your response though:

    • I never made any assessment of the situation in the US regarding recycling. Or Japan for that matter.

    • The title was 'the other G7 countries explaining the situation to America & Japan' - after about the 500th PM telling me China and India are bad I realized that people have no grasp on what the G7 is.

    • After using the first 2 lines to establish the situation I went on to just state facts using the language of "we and us", this is because I wasn't having a dig at the US (again or Japan), I was having a dig at the human race.

    • I really can't believe that in a post where America and Japan are Patrick Star and the other G7 countries are portrayed by Man Ray I seem to be being taken seriously rather than people enjoying the joke.

    I honestly don't give a fuck who is responsible for the 'majority' of Plastic in the ocean, and I don't give a fuck whether America or Japan choose to sign an agreement or not. I do agree it is more of a publicity stunt from our shitty world leaders who wouldn't do it if there wasn't something in it for them, but in this instance their personal gain might also contribute something for us (very rare I know). If you really think that Plastic Straws, Carrier bags, cutlery and single use food and drink containers aren't over used in our countries then I personally think you are wrong. The amount of disposable stuff we use simply because it is convenient for the manufacturer is very high. I myself am making an effort not to use these things whenever possible, and if you'll pardon the expression, although in the grand scheme of things it is just a drop in the ocean, I think we all have to start somewhere, and we have a responsibility to lead by example. Who gives a shit who is the worst, we should be striving to be best.

    At the end of the day though I took a popular scene from Spongebob Squarepants and I shoe horned a few jokes / facts about plastic onto it and at some point it blew up into way more that it was meant to be - a lighthearted joke about the G7 leaders talking. I like to tell myself that the number of people who upvoted it just took it as satire and that outweighs the number of people who thought I was trying to personally attack the US.

    Lastly, this gif is fucking hilarious. At no point have I stopped to think "Hey I wonder if Mikey is trying to making a political statement" despite the revolutionary war reference, the fact I'm being called a redcoat, the waving of the American flag or the fact that America is played by Mel Gibson, a man of questionable reputation at times. Instead I watched it, went "Ha! that is funny" and I upvoted it. I appreciate you taking the time to username reference me when sharing your opinion and hope this response doesn't come across too aggressively. I'm trying my best to be polite and respectful which is more than I can say for the majority of the messages in my inbox at the moment. Stick around, I'll be back to shit posting in no time.

    [–] The rest of the G7 countries trying to explain the problem to America and Japan elpinko 1 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago) in HighQualityGifs

    Ok it's been a while since I've had to do one of these deeper explanations but fuck it.

    If the thing you're taking away from this gif is that I'm bashing America you're an idiot. The premise of this came from the fact that America and Japan just declined to sign an agreement to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean. Now you'll notice that I said "we're trying to be better people", that is inclusive of all of us. I then went on to say that we dump into the ocean a garbage truck a minute. All of us. If we go all John Lennon for a minute and imagine there are no borders we only have 1 ocean. We should probably just try not to fucking destroy it.

    Oh and working out that you're not the worst at something doesn't excuse you from any responsibility.

    And shout out to /u/wafflepiezz for making a decent response.

    Also to /u/slyth07 for his Quality response.

    [–] The rest of the G7 countries trying to explain the problem to America and Japan elpinko 73 points ago in HighQualityGifs

    The issue is around single use plastics which cannot actually be recycled without the addition of new materials. They are inherently designed to be used once and then dumped. They also don't biodegrade.

    This link explains it better than I do.

    [–] The rest of the G7 countries trying to explain the problem to America and Japan elpinko 236 points ago in HighQualityGifs

    Yes but I was referencing this

    Listen, absolutely no one is perfect, or even close to it when it comes to this but rather than working out who is the worst we should really all just be trying to change the way plastics are currently being dumped in the ocean by all of us.