Friday, February 19, 2010

If you're offended, stop listening!

Is calling someone an "idiot" attacking their character?

I often come here to hash out things I don't feel like arguing about on other sites. "Other sites" refers primarily to Facebook or iVillage. I am aware that I have strong, often inflammatory opinions, and I'm just not going to have a comment war with friends of friends.

So here's how the exchange went - my friend put this up as her status update: "My parents raised me to have a sense of humor and to live a normal life. My mother did not carry me around under her arm like a loaf of French bread the way former Governor Palin carries her son Trig around looking for sympathy and votes," - Andrea Fay Friedman, the actress with Down Syndrome who voiced the fictional character on Family Guy that prompted another explosion from the Alaskan fraud, Sarah Palin."

I commented with this: "That's awesome! She's an idiot, and if McCain had been elected, I would've moved abroad just to avoid hearing that horrible voice of hers for 4 years."

Another comment from my friend's friend (we'll call her A.): "Calling Palin an idiot is not really very nice" (her lack of punctuation, not mine)

I responded: "Sorry, just my opinion, A. I claim many personal attributes, but niceness is not among them. :)"

She replies: "It's ok to disagree, but don't attack someone's character."

Ok, time-out. Really?!?! Calling someone an idiot is now a character attack? I use the word "idiot" in daily conversation about as often as I use the word "the." It's filler. Every person who does something I don't agree with is an idiot. Trust me, if I really don't like you, I'll choose another word. I has vocabulary like that.

But the truth is, I *REALLY* don't like Sarah Palin. I think she's an idiot. A big-time, can't-believe-anyone-ever-thought-she-should-hold-a-government-position idiot. I wouldn't have voted for her for county dogcatcher. But that's not what I said on Facebook. What I said, I think, was fairly mild - especially when you consider what I could have said and what I was really thinking.

Is this really what we've come to? Everyone who knows me knows my opinion of political correctness, and I intend to delve into that in more detail in another blog. But are we really THIS sensitive?

We have freedom of speech, but we can't say anything without offending someone. It's pathetic. And it makes me want to stand on the street corner and shout every dirty word I know, just to do it.


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