Not That Funny Frequently Asked Questions

What if I find the game offensive?
Good, that means you are on the right side of history. We understand that some of the situations and responses in this game can be triggering to many people. However, all of the game’s content comes from our real-life experiences. We want to offer tools and skills to people so they can confront these types of actions and language in the moment.

How do I purchase NTF? 

Depending on when you are reading this, you may have backed our Kickstarter or you may be here to purchase now. If you are a Kickstarter backer, you will receive your game on the date indicated on the crowdfunding page. That said, the only way to ensure that we can deliver is that we meet our financial goal. Help us help the world by sharing the page and telling all your friends to support the movement. If that campaign is successful, then all you have to do is click, "buy now" and your game will be on the way to you.

Who is this game for?

Great question. This game is for everyone. When creating it, we felt it would be perfect for schools, businesses and institutions. However, as we dug deeper and realized how much we were learning while creating it, we realized that, actually, this game is for everyone interested in being part of the change. This game, regardless of your level of inclusivity and anti-discrimination training, will teach you something. 

Isn’t this game just trying to profit off of racism and discrimination?

The purpose of this Kickstarter is to raise funds to get the game into production. Following a successful campaign, the BIPOC team, who conceived of and founded the project, will be compensated as they continue to expand the reach of Not That Funny. What? You thought the BIPOC community should do this work for free?

Doesn’t this game teach discrimination as opposed to fixing it?

Not That Funny didn’t invent discrimination but we are doing our part to fix it. We understand that some people may learn phrases and words that they had not previously heard before. But by learning them with us, you also get the tools to react in a meaningful way.

Is this game suitable for children? 

If you ask us, discrimination isn't suitable for children but they are forced to face it every day. We would estimate that this game is for humans over the age of 13, but we leave that decision in the hands of their legal guardians.

Will there be additional card packs? 

Yes, we are already in the writing and testing process of creating new Culture Card Packs. If you feel we are missing something that you want to see, let us know and we will try and get them in the newest editions.

What if I disagree with an NTF explanation? 

As creators, we have been as conscientious as possible in determining offensive and, at times, traumatizing responses that are considered “not that funny.” We understand the dynamic and fast-moving nature of this work and are open to hearing back from you on how our cards could be written in a more productive way. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with your suggestions. 

What makes the creators of NTF experts?

We are all professional speakers, activists and training instructors with several decades of experience in this type of work. More importantly? We come by our expertise by way of lived experiences. Our team has and will continue to learn, in order to deliver tools to the communities we are trying to support. 

What is our refund policy? 

You will have seven months to return any unopened, undamaged product for a full refund. You will be expected to pay costs of shipping and handling to return to the sender. 

Do people seriously say/do everything in real life included in the game? 

The vast majority of our NTF response cards are examples of what we have experienced, witnessed or seen online on our #MakeItAwkward social media page. So, really, we have you all to thank. 

What if my feelings are hurt or I am uncomfortable while playing this game?

These topics are heavy and feelings of discomfort are bound to occur. Our team members have had to sit in the discomfort of these very situations. Wherever you are in your anti-discrimination journey, being able to handle these tougher conversations is absolutely required if you are committed to fighting for social justice.

Where can I find out more about #MakeItAwkward and other projects?

Our #MakeItAwkward community Facebook group is the best place to go for information and is also a great place to stay up-to-date with issues, news and teachings relating to social-justice issues. 

But, here is a little snippet of how we started:

In August 2016, Jesse Lipscombe was shooting a video about his love for the City of Edmonton when someone in a vehicle yelled racial slurs, including the N-word, at him. Instead of letting the moment pass, Jesse walked over to the stranger's car door and suggested they talk. The stranger denied making the comment and sped away instead. The incident inspired the #MakeItAwkward campaign, which aims to combat racism, misogyny, homophobia and hatred. Through the years, the #MakeItAwkward movement has continued with many online and in-person events, all focusing on bringing awareness to and challenging social injustices.  

The #MakeItAwkward campaign strives to create "everyday activists" by encouraging people to confront—safely—those who make discriminatory comments. 

Can I purchase this game if I live outside of Canada?
Sort of. It really depends on where you live. Currently, NTF is only shipping to the United States and Canada, but we intend to open it up to the world very soon.

How was the look of your branding developed?
The look of the game was created by Janine Stowe Design and features a custom mosaic pattern, chosen for its widespread symbolism and attractive motif. The multi-colours were chosen to reflect the many different cultures and people that the game encompasses. The Make it Awkward bright pink is paired with a dark bronze brown giving the game design a distinct look and feel. The NTF logo uses a speech bubble in the icon and in the letterforms of the wordmark. This reflects the nature of the game and conversations it will induce. The combination of more formal serif font and a friendlier modern sans serif font create a mature but approachable feel.

Why do we use “enslaved person”, rather than “slave”? 
To be a slave is to be owned by another person. The etymology of the word ‘slave’ comes from Old French, translating to “person who is the chattel or property of another”. However, the addition of ‘en’ to ‘slave’ points to a “making or making into”. A slave is a human being classed as property and forced to work for nothing. An enslaved person is a human being who is made to be a slave. We have referred to the person and their experiences rather than use dehumanizing language. By choosing to use “enslaved person” we recognize we are referring to human beings with the same inherent dignity, rights and feelings as anyone else. The difference in humanization is ingrained in the origins of each word. 

Why do we use “enslaver”, rather than “owner” or “master”? 
The usage of “owner” or “master” empowers the enslaver and dehumanizes the enslaved person, reducing him/her to a commodity rather than a person who has had slavery imposed upon him or her. Using the terms enslaved and enslaver, are subtle but powerful ways of affirming that slavery was forced upon that person, rather than an inherent condition.

Why did we not capitalize the “w” in white as some anti-racism advocates have started to?
We have used lowercase for “white.” While there is a question of parallelism, there has been no comparable movement toward widespread adoption of a new style for “white,” and there is less of a sense that “white” describes shared culture and history. Hate groups and white supremacists have long favoured the uppercase style, which in itself seemed appropriate to avoid. 

Why do we capitalize the “B” in Black when referring to the culture? 
Black in a racial, ethnic or cultural sense, conveying an essential and shared sense of history, identity and community among people who identify as Black, including those in the African diaspora and within Africa. The lowercase black is a colour, not a person.

Why do we prefer “Indigenous Peoples”?
While “Indigenous Peoples” is still an English phrase that attempts to encompass Indigenous Peoples across the globe, it succeeds that “Aboriginal” does not. First, by including “Peoples” after “Indigenous” it recognizes that there is more than just one group of Indigenous individuals. We’re not a monolith community, we’re a collective made up of many separate, sovereign, unique, and wonderful Nations. Second, the etymological meaning of this term is internally consistent. Indigenous comes from the Latin word indigena, which means “sprung from the land; native.” Therefore, using “Indigenous” over “Aboriginal” reinforces land claims and encourages territory acknowledgements, a practice that links Indigenous Peoples to their land and respects their claims over it. However, we recognize that “Indigenous Peoples” is not a perfect term. It’s still an umbrella term for a large group of people, and we should only use it in situations where you are addressing all Indigenous groups as a collective.

Why do we use “freedom seeker” rather than “fugitive”, “runaway slave” or “escapee”?

Freedom Seeker vs. Fugitive: The term “fugitive” evokes the image of a lawbreaker requiring capture and punishment, and was used to assert that the law was on the side of an enslaved society. “Freedom seeker” illuminates what is in the hearts and minds of those in action to make freedom a reality. 

Why do we use “non-disabled” rather than “able-bodied?”
We all have able bodies. If we don’t have able bodies, we are dead–otherwise, our bodies are working, they are able. The opposite of disabled is not able-bodied, it is non-disabled. “Able-bodied” describes a physical state. Many people can be disabled and able-bodied at the same time as there are several different aspects of disability, not solely physical disability. Everyone has an “able body.” Our bodies keep us alive, what sustains us–disabled or not. 

Why do we sometimes capitalize the “D” in Deaf and sometimes not?
Deaf (with a capital "D") refers to embracing the cultural norms, beliefs, and values of the Deaf Community. The term "Deaf" should be capitalized when it is used as a shortened reference to being a member of the Deaf Community. Deaf: If it’s spelled with a lowercase ‘d’, ‘deaf’ means the inability to hear. ‘Deaf’ with a capital ‘D’ refers to members of the Deaf community who see themselves as part of a language minority and who share common values, traditions, language, and behaviours. Members of the Deaf community do not perceive themselves as having ‘lost’ their hearing and do not think of themselves as handicapped, impaired, or disabled. They celebrate their culture because it gives them the unique experience of sharing a common identity, history, and language. 

Why have we chosen to use IFL vs PFL? 
Today, many disabled people — particularly the Deaf and Autistic communities — prefer identity-first language. By leading with the disability rather than tacking it onto the end, you’re affirming and validating the person and their disability. It is important to note that whether a disabled person prefers people-first or identity-first language is not universal. Today, the loudest proponents of person-first language are non-disabled people, including parents of disabled children, teachers and medical practitioners who may have been taught to “treat the patient, not the disease.” Identity-first language is founded upon the idea of the social model of disability. In a nutshell, the social model says that though impairments (diagnostic, medical conditions) may limit disabled people in some ways, it is the inaccessibility of society that actually is what disables rather than the disability itself. The most basic example is wheelchair accessibility. If someone is a wheelchair user and can’t go to a restaurant because it doesn’t have a ramp, is that person disabled because of their cerebral palsy (for example) or are they disabled by the inaccessibility of the restaurant?