Pop culture today pushes the envelope of race and ethnicity to a degree that would make Archie Bunker blush. And teenagers are loving it.African American comedian David Chappelle satirizes black culture, while Jewish comic Sacha Baron Cohen’s character Borat sings a song about throwing Jews down a well. Even Survivor is divided along racial lines and one of the Asian team members tries to be entertaining by making jokes about his ethnicity. “Race is the new sex,” says Ryan Hearst, 19, from Etobicoke. “A few years ago, talking about masturbation and sex was shocking to people. Now, they’ve all gotten used to it.” The irony is that this generation of multicultural youth, raised on inclusiveness and integration, is mocking these conventions.”We, as a society, seem to tiptoe around anything that could be taken as racist,” Ryan says. “We’re afraid to offend everyone, so these comedians use that to their advantage.” Ryan says he and his friends will often make racist jokes towards one another. “A black friend of mine will take my keys or something and poke fun at himself for stealing,” Ryan says. His Asian roommate is also fair game. “If penis talk comes up, we might bring up the stereotype that Asians have smaller penises than whites and poke fun at him or something.”Laughing at each other just shows how close and comfortable they all are, Ryan says.”We couldn’t go to people we don’t know and make those kind of jokes, because who knows how people will react? There always has to be lines. Without lines and rules, there’s chaos.”