112: Baring My Heart

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Baring My Heart
I'm just trying to explain, please don't be jealous! Man, why are all my relationships ruined by early 90's rappers?
Title text: I'm just trying to explain, please don't be jealous! Man, why are all my relationships ruined by early 90's rappers?

Explanation

In this comic, Randall presents a Venn diagram, which is a logical diagram that illustrates the relationship between multiple sets. The diagram is usually used when sets overlap. In other words, a Venn diagram of "even numbers" and "numbers divisible by 5" would have 2, 4, 6, 8, 12…. In one circle, 5, 15, 25… in another circle, and 10, 20, 30… in the intersection of the circles (as those numbers fit into both sets).

Here we have a three-set diagram which Randall has purportedly created to explain his feelings to his love interest.

The three sets are: i) People who can always make him smile; ii) people he wants to spend the rest of his life with and iii) people who constantly show him new things to love about the world. In the union of these three sets is "you" – his love interest, all three of those statements apply to her.

Normally this might be a cute way of simply implying that he has these three feelings about her, without including any other elements in any of the sets. However, here, Randall has included one other element: Vanilla Ice (an early 1990s rapper) is shown to also constantly show Randall new things to love about the world, and is also someone Randall wants to spend the rest of his life with (although Vanilla Ice doesn't always make him smile).

Vanilla Ice is a Caucasian rapper who was most popular in the early 1990s with his song "Ice Ice Baby". He was frequently mocked as a very "white" rapper. He is obviously an unexpected name to turn up in this diagram.

Apparently Randall's love interest didn't take too well to Randall professing such such similar feelings for Vanilla Ice as he did for her, causing some friction in their relationship. The title text suggests that other 90s rappers have similarly affected Randall's past relationships.

Transcript

[A venn diagram with three sets]
Description of set 1: People who can always make me smile
Description of set 2: People who constantly show me new things about the world
Description of set 3: People I want to spend the rest of my life with
Intersection point: YOU.
Intersection of sets 2 and 3: Vanilla Ice
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Discussion

Rikthoff (talk) The issue date is definitely off, as i don't have a clue about the creation date of the comic. Can anyone fix?
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