People really need to grow the fuck up and develop some thicker skin. Everyone wants to offended by everything and pick a fight about the tiniest issues. Right vs. Left, Gay vs. Straight, Atheists vs. all Faiths, White Asshats vs. Every Brown/Black/Yellow/Red person on the fucking globe, and know it all jackasses telling everyone what they can read/watch/listen to/drink/smoke/eat/fuck every minute of every day … I am so fucking tired of the same fights over and over again.
I remember when I was in High School and then Vice President of the United States Dan Quayle, he who cannot spell potato, blamed the television show Murphy Brown for the disintegration of the traditional American family. That was on may 19, 1992 and his point was that she was a single woman who accidentally got pregnant and decided to a) keep the child and b) choose not to get married or even have a relationship with the child’s father.
Here is what he said;
"...if a single mother raising her children in the ghetto has to worry about drive-by shootings, drug-deals, or whether her children will join gangs and die violently, her already difficult task becomes impossible. It doesn´t help matters when prime time TV has Murphy Brown - a character who supposedly epitomize today´s intelligent, highly paid, professional woman - mocking the importance of fathers - by bearing a child alone, and calling it just another ´Lifestyle Choice´"
What do I have to say about those remarks?
When I was 16 I thought he was an idiot who was over reacting and need to grow the fuck up. Seen twenty years later and through the eyes of a father of 6 who’s been married for 17 years I kind of see what he was trying to say. But in the end I still think he was wrong. I was raised mostly by my grandmother with my mother and my father in and out of my life. I think I turned out better than if my parents, as they were at the time, had been in my life 24/7/365.
Regardless of how I feel personally it has been 20 years and the current generation has no idea what I am talking about. Before writing this I quizzed my kids and they had no idea who Murphy Brown was. They thought and Dan Quayle was the owner of a chain of fast food restaurants, and they laughed when I told them that a single mother on television was a thing of derision and a flashpoint of controversy when I was their age. Basically they spent the entire time reaffirming the fact that I am old and ready for suspenders.
Twenty years ago we had the remarks of the Vice President of the United States. Now we have the interview statements of a Hillbilly Christian Millionaire Reality Television star and his feelings on … THE GAYS!
Okay … I am going to make a statement about the Duck Dynasty "Controversy". I don't like the show, I have watched a few episodes and it's not my thing and not because they are rednecks with beards. I have a mighty beard and I am descended from a long line of Rednecks. But the show makes little sense to me and when I’ve dipped into it the episodes seemed silly and pointless.
To be fair I am sure I watch shows that others think equally pointless. Comic Book Men, Storage Wars, Hell’s Kitchen, and Ancient Aliens to name just a few but I am a big believer in “to each their own” and I am okay with people mocking my TV viewing habits.
Let’s take a look at the offending statements before going further down the rabbit hole shall we.
"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."
"Don't be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."
"It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me. I'm just thinking: There's more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I'm saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man. It's just not logical."
Did you read all of that, well that being said I only have one thing to say about all of this. As an openly and proudly bisexual man I find Phil's statements nauseating.
Do you need a second to digest that or may I continue before you start telling me I am a “Libtard” and “Fucking Queer Atheist” and that I am “Going to Hell” or whatever other hypocritical diatribe you are about to launch in my direction?
Okay breath and read.
Other than being homophobic Phil did nothing wrong. These are his beliefs and he has the undeniable right to express them to anyone who cares to listen to them. Just as he has every right to speak I have every right to speak out against him, or if I choose, not speak out against him. Neither of us are having our freedom of speech violated.
Of course some assholes such as Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin;
“Free speech is endangered species; those “intolerants” hatin’ & taking on Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing personal opinion take on us all.”
And Currant Louisianan Governor Bobby Jindal;
"Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended."
Seem to think that the hatred directed toward Mr. Robertson is more offensive than what he said about a significant number of Americans. As I said it’s his right to say it and the right of everyone else (Palin & Jindal included) to comment on it. But in the end money talks and it was the decision of the network to put Mr. Robertson on “Indefinite Hiatus”.
A&E is a television network and not a government organization. If they have chosen to remove him it's their right. Personally I think they are overreacting and will regret the decision but like I said removing him is NOT violating his freedom of speech.
So what have I learned from all of this?
People are idiots.
No seriously I have really finally had it hammered into my thick Michigander skull. A person can be intelligent and can contribute to society. People as a whole are mindless zombies who follow the loudest noise and shiniest objects.
And that's it ... now we wait for the next controversy