Posts Tagged ‘bigotry’

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I just made a critical error on Twitter. I came across a link to a blog article entitled “Gay Mafia in the Catholic Church” and out of curiosity, had to open it up and read it. While I won’t mention the thoughts that entered my mind as I pictured what gay mafia members would wear as their typical dress, I was somewhat intrigued to read how the gay mafia has infiltrated the Catholic church, according to the writer of this particular blog post. And that was the moment my head almost exploded.

I fully support everyone’s right to write whatever they want – but there comes a time when people really need to think hard about what they’re putting out there to the world, then kindly step away from the keyboard. Because, there is a dark side to writing, and it is ugly.

I don’t claim to be an expert writer — I don’t have the world waiting with baited breath to read every single word of wisdom I write. I am okay with that. In fact, if I did have the world waiting to read all of my literary pearls, I’d be writing every damn day, and charging a hefty fee for those who wish to read it. That’s only fair.

But, since my fan base is limited to a few folks who I know are kind enough to comment on what I write here, I make an honest effort to write as well and informatively (or entertainingly) as I possibly can. I also try to keep the spelling, grammar and punctuation errors down to a minimum so as not to unnecessarily blur the message I’m spreading (you’re welcome for that).

Back to the gay mafia post and the purpose of this one. Today’s writing tip I wish to share is this:

If you  make a series of outrageous, hate-filled, ridiculous statements and try to pass those off as “truths,” be prepared to back it up with facts, or you will just come across as a bitter, spiteful, racist, bigoted jerk with an ax to grind.

I have no problem with grinding ax posts — I’ve sharpened a few axes of my own from time to time on this blog. It’s a very therapeutic outlet and helps me put into words what I can’t speak out loud (unless I’m in my therapist’s office). It just feels good to let the bitter stuff up and out.

With speaking one’s mind, however, comes one’s moral obligation to carefully consider what one is saying before they put it down for the world to see. I’m not talking censorship, I’m talking just being conscientious enough to consider the audience who will be reading your words. How they react and perceive you will be 99% dependent on the tone, voice and language you’ve chosen to use in your posts.

newtons-third-lawIt is entirely within your right of free speech to say you oppose a particular class of people for whatever reason you FEEL they should be opposed. However, remember Newton’s law: “for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Don’t be surprised, offended or baffled by the equally acrimonious reactions you get from those your writing has greatly offended.

And remember — it is your right to tell the world how disgusted you are over blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, Christians, homosexuals, hairless kittens, etc.

Just as much as it is my right to tell you how much of a racist, bigoted, hateful, spiteful, sanctimonious, holier-than-thou, bible-thumping, paranoid, sick and twisted asshole you are.

Because, freedom of speech goes both ways.

Free Speech

censored-rubber-stampLanguage fascinates me. Vernacular too. But what really fascinates me is the way “acceptable” language on television has changed over the last 25-30 years. Sitting down recently to watch an episode of the 1970’s TV hit “All in the Family,” it suddenly dawned on me: the censors have lost their grip on reality and sensibility.
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The main character in “All in the Family,” Archie Bunker, was portrayed as a racist, bigoted, hate mongering, stereotypical buffoon. He was an EOO – Equal Opportunity Offender — spewing bigoted comments towards all minorities with equal aplomb. No minority, race or religion was granted immunity from his misguided and often misdirected hate: Jews, Blacks, Hispanics, Catholics, Polish, the list goes on forever.

 

The following are some (but not all) of the terms Archie would often use to “describe” various minorities:

Kikes (Blacks)

Pollacks (Polish)

Mics (Irish Catholics)

Heebs (Jews)

Spades (Blacks)

3As and 3Bs (Hispanic Mexicans and Puerto Ricans)

Jungle Bunnies (Blacks)

(you get the hint, right?)

But, therein lies the problem with today’s censors. I’m not condoning the use of any of the above terms, but don’t they seem a little less “offensive” than, perhaps, some of the language that is allowed to pass through the censors today? Isn’t it entirely possible to picture a “Jungle Bunny” as a furry, cuddly rabbit hopping around a tropical forest somewhere, searching for fresh fern leaves to nibble? And isn’t the word “spade” just another word for a garden tool? “3As and 3Bs” is as innocuous a scientific classification as possible, so what’s wrong with using those to describe someone?

assholeNowadays, it seems like everyone on TV can swear all they want. I find it ironic that censors will let “ass” slide through, but bleep out “hole”, so it comes across as “ASS(bleep!)”  And for reasons no one has seemed to be able to explain to me, it is now perfectly acceptable to say G-ddamn. I know every time I say that, I look for lightning bolts to suddenly appear.

The ironic use of “harmless” language used in  “All in the Family” cannot be overlooked. Despite the racist overtones, offensive stereotyping and political incorrectness, Archie never did utter a single “curse” word. Yet, if today’s scripts ever used any of the same terms he used, there would be organized marches going on across America within ten minutes of hearing those words spoken over the airwaves. But, “reality TV” censors don’t want to run the risk of “offending” anyone. So, they stick to words like “b***h” “wh*re” and “di*k”, instead.

And G*ddamn it, that type of sh*t really piss me off.