Shit that Pissed me Off – 8/28
Earlier this week, Curt Schilling was suspended from ESPN for tweeting something really stupid. In case you are wondering, it was the following meme.
It’s said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?
So we are using Godwin’s law to compare all Muslims everywhere to Nazis.
The problem isn’t even the logical fallacy involved. It is the fact that Schilling works for ESPN and some of the people who watch ESPN are Muslims. ESPN could give a fuck about Schilling’s politics. In fact, I’m guessing sports fans skew slightly conservative so that probably isn’t an issue.
However, the fact that Muslims could choose to stop watching ESPN because they employ someone so publicly Islamophobic is going to be an issue.
Enter Sarah Palin, who apparently still gets to talk into microphones. Any time a conservative gets punished for doing anything, she figures it is because the liberal media hates conservatives. And she says so. And for some reason, she keeps getting air time.
So let’s make this really clear: Schilling didn’t get suspended because he’s a conservative. He got suspended because if ESPN didn’t do anything, his tweet could have cost them money.
Seems like a reason Republicans should be able to get behind.
A lot of college freshmen are heading off to school and fortunately, there are fraternities like Sigma Nu at Old Dominon University willing to remind the new women on campus that the boys are just there for the sex.
Nothing wrong with sex, by the way. I’m on record as being pretty sex positive.
The signs they were putting up didn’t really read as sex positive, though. They seemed a lot more predatory. A lot more creepy. They seem a little bit like threats.
College is scary enough without a bunch of frat boys basically telling you that now you are out from under your parents’ wing, they are just waiting for their chance.
Is it just a joke? I mean, I guess so.
But it’s a stupid one. It’s tone-deaf and creates an atmosphere of distrust on the first day.
It’s like making the joke “hey young lady, we know you’re nervous about the experiences you’ll have while away from home for the first time. You should be! Ha Ha!”
The book in question is Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home” and let’s be clear – reading the book was totally optional.
But the reasoning scares me because I feel like we are just creating a whole bunch of Josh Duggars with this kind of thing. One young man wrote an editorial for the Washington Post in which he explained his objection to reading the book.
See, the book has some illustrations depicting sexual acts and he said he won’t read the book because those illustrations were pornography.
You see what is going on here? Any depiction of a sexual act is pornography. And fundamentalist Christians can’t look at them. Or their penises will explode!
Well, they might get an erection. Which is still scandalous.
This story and the last one bear something in common – unhealthy relationships with sex. In one case, you have fraternities thinking that making jokes about being able to bang daddy’s little girl are shocking and edgy and in another, you have Christian kids being taught that sex is dirty and dangerous.
And all of it makes sex seem scary and abnormal.
I don’t have an issue with kids choosing not to read a book that is on an optional reading list. There were probably several kids who didn’t read any of the books because they were too lazy.
But why call it pornography? Oh yeah, I know. Because pornography is a charged word and if you are being “forced” to read “pornography,” people will sympathize.
The group is planning on protesting the low percentage of minority vendors at the State Fair. OK. Seems fair to me.
Once again, they are being told their protest is “inappropriate.” Every time this group protests, they get told they are doing it wrong.
Do we see the problem here? We are all OK with allowing them to exercise their first amendment right to freely assemble.
But that doesn’t mean we are going to let them do it without a lecture. Sure, we say, you might have a point. But did you have to block that street to make it? Did you file a grievance with the proper people at the appropriate time?
I mean, say what you have to say. Sure. But if you inconvenience anyone when you are saying it, you did it wrong.
I know a lot of people who have opinions all over the map on this particular issue. Yet the one thing almost all of them have in common?
They aren’t black. I’m not black either. So I’m going to excuse myself from judging their choices and just try to listen to their voices.
It’s been a while since I’ve been pissed off by a song.
Here’s the deal – I don’t like this song that much but music involves a lot of personal taste. My problem is with the trumpets.
The name of the song is “Trumpets.” The chorus includes a reference to trumpets being played. The video features a shit ton of people playing trumpets.
So why the hell is aren’t there real trumpets being used in the song? Were there no brass players available? The name of this song should be “Synthesized Trumpets.”
And you know what? The synthesizer sounds terrible.
OR, they used real trumpets and processed the crap out of them to the point they sound like fake trumpets.
Come on, music industry. Can you at least pretend you give a shit?