This was an actual conversation I had with someone earlier today and I just had to throw a picture of it together.
Prank played on a friend last weekend. He’s a Sting fan so I made sure to add the lyrics before I text him the picture.
You know, for the last few days this whole controversy over Phil Robertson seems to be all people have been talking about. The argument has had a lot of things said on both sides. After hearing several politicians coming to his rescue and the things they’ve said, I feel I can no longer sit idly by. I have to speak up and put in my two cents. I don’t watch, nor have I ever watched one, or part of an episode of Duck Dynasty, so it’s no surprise that I had no idea as to who Phil Robertson was. A quick Google search filled me in as to who he was and what the controversy that everyone with a web presence was either defending or flipping out over was all about. So it turns out that in the January issue of GQ, he was asked what he thought was “sinful” and goes on to say “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men”. Obviously, a statement such as that, now more than ever, is likely going to offend people. Anyway, in response to the controversy started by his statements, A&E has suspended him from filming any new episodes of Duck Dynasty and once again we have become a nation divided. There are those who say he should be punished for what he said and there are those who are defending his statements and calling the actions against his as an “attack” on his freedom of speech. Not quite. So anyway, here’s my two cents on this whole debacle, and while this is my opinion and you don’t have to agree with it, just try looking at it like this. Robertson is 100%, without a doubt, because of the first amendment, allowed to believe and say what he wants. Do I or any of us have to like or agree with what he said? No, not at all, but we’re allowed to disagree and we’re allowed to be offended. We’re entitled to our opinions as he’s entitled to his. The catch-22 of the first amendment is that, while it guarantees us the freedom to express and say what we want, it means we must also assume any and all responsibility for what it is we say. It does not guarantee us protection from how society reacts to what has been said. Phil Robertson is by definition, a celebrity, and while being 100% within his rights, allowed to say what he wants, did not make his statement in private or to a close friend, it was said in a public forum. As a celebrity he should have known how far and wide an audience his words would reach. Even if somehow he didn’t, ignorance is not a viable excuse. That said, let’s be clear about one thing, no one has “attacked” his freedom of speech. A&E is his employer, and as their employee, he is a representative of A&E and their brand. If they feel his comments, either by A&E’s own definition or voiced by the public, in anyway cast a negative image on their company or brand, they are well within their rights to take corrective action. Would any of us get by without being reprimanded if we said such comments at our places of employment? So while I couldn’t disagree with what he said anymore even if I tried, I don’t disagree with A&E’s decision to suspend him. What’s said is said and wrong or right, it’s up to Robertson to take responsibility for his statements. So for those who are yelling “It’s an attack on the first amendment!” It’s not. It’s an employee being reprimanded by his employer for his behavior and that’s it.
It’s December, which means the manufactured controversy over the fictional “War on Christmas” is now back in full swing. Over the past few days I’ve heard from several different people upset because someone they came across had the audacity to say “happy holidays” to them instead of “Merry Christmas,” as they would have preferred. Normally I just roll my eyes or snicker to myself when someone gets offended over something so trivial, but a Facebook post I saw recently from one of my friends kind of rubbed me the wrong way.
He’s an author whose name isn’t really important because this post is not meant to be an attack on him as much as it is simply expressing disappointment with how people like him behave. You see, he hates political correctness and, when some poor bastard wished him happy holidays recently, he felt the need to correct them.
"Someone wished me "happy holidays" today. They got all bent out of shape when I said it’s not “happy holidays.” It’s “Merry Christmas.” I don’t have any time for the politically correct crap or worries about offending people. IT’S CHRISTMAS AND PEOPLE SHOULD CALL IT THAT."
Let’s examine this post line by line, from my own secular perspective, because it really is typical of the “War on Christmas” crowd I hear so much from:
Someone wished me “happy holidays” today.
Well, right away, you can tell this person is just a dick. Happy holidays? I mean, what kind of a shitty thing is that to say to someone? (sarcasm)
They got all bent out of shape when I said it’s not “happy holidays.” It’s “Merry Christmas.”
Maybe they got “bent out of shape” because they were just trying to be nice, and you were going out of your way to be a jerk. You think so? Maybe?
I don’t have any time for the politically correct crap or worries about offending people.
Clearly not. You have demonstrated that you’re perfectly fine with offending someone when they haven’t met your completely arbitrary standards. That isn’t their fault. That’s on you, bub.
While I understand the point about political correctness, and agree that sometimes it does go too far, often there is good reason for it. For instance, I find it to be a good thing that, as a society, we are trying to eliminate words like “retarded” and “cripple” when describing folks who have certain kinds of disabilities.
It may be safe when you’re in a crowd of bigots to decry political correctness as some tenet of the “liberal agenda,” or proof of the ongoing “culture war.” But being politically incorrect doesn’t give Larry the Cable Guy carte blanche to be a racist, nor does it give anyone else the right to treat people like trash. In other words, just being “politically incorrect” is not an excuse for your bad behavior.
IT’S CHRISTMAS AND PEOPLE SHOULD CALL IT THAT.
This is so irritating. It’s not Christmas, jackass. It’s December 3rd. You have to can your faux-outrage for at least a couple more weeks.
Look, I’m an atheist and I get into the festivities this time of year, too. I’m no fan of the rampant consumerism, and I don’t give much thought to some Bronze Age prophet who may or may not have even existed. But I do enjoy exchanging gifts with friends and family and stuffing my face with food as much as the next guy. I don’t think we should be excluding anyone who wants to join in on the fun. So whatever someone believes, whether you assume they’re saying it for politically correct reasons or not, can you at least just be less of a grinch? I mean, seriously, why are you choosing to be offended by something so trivial?
If I’m out at the store and the cashier wishes me a “happy holiday,” I’m not going to have a fit. Working in the service industry, you come across enough scrooges as it is. So I’m going to say, “Thanks! And happy holidays to you, too. Enjoy your day.” Same goes if someone says “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Kwanzaa,” or “Enjoy the Solstice” to me. They’ll get a corresponding reply, and it doesn’t matter if I don’t celebrate their particular holiday. If they were nice enough to relay a few kind words, the least I can do is muster up a “thanks, you too.”
That’s really my point. If you truly care about Christmas, then show a little more of those good tidings and cheer. Get over yourself and just be polite. Treat people with respect and, for the love of the Christ which you may or may not even believe in, stop being such an asshole.
Well my GTA Online character vanished into thin air for the third time! I’m done with this game until Rockstar fixes this glitch. So tired of starting over only to have my character disappear several days later. :(
Well I was sitting in the tire center waiting to get my tire repaired and finally the guy came out and gave me the great news that I need a new tire! Yay! Cause I have money lying around for a new tire. Thank you life for once again sticking it to me!