Rafa\’s Corner of Nonsense, Part Deux

… where Rafa\’s thoughts see the light of day…

When did this turn into a nation of pussies? (Part II)

In my last rant, I said:

I’m sorry, but I couldn’t sit in silence any longer: when did the United States turn into a nation of crybabies and pussies? I am talking, in case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, about the recent fanatical political correctness craze that seems to be plaguing our country.

I used to think that in a democracy, where people have freedom of expression, citizens should be able to, you know… freely express themselves. Silly me! It seems you can only express yourself if what you’re saying doesn’t offend some constituency with political or economical clout behind it.

For instance, the show Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, where controversial topics were discussed in a frank manner, was cancelled after Bill Maher made a comment stating that he was tired of the 9/11 terrorists being called “cowardly,” since he thought it took courage to get into a plane with the purpose of crashing it into a building and killing yourself in the process, and that in fact it was more cowardly to go into a war where you could just push some buttons and bomb far away targets without getting yourself in danger (I am, of course, paraphrasing from memory, but that was the gist of it).

While I think most rational people would be able to see at least some logic in that statement, in any case the remedy is simple if you disagree with Bill Maher: change the fucking channel! It only takes one push of a button (or turn of the dial, if your TV set is ancient) to change the channel and vow to never see that show again (to which I would say: “Why in God’s name were you watching a show called Politically Incorrect if you did not want to hear politically incorrect statements, you idiot?!”).

But no, this wasn’t enough for some über-sensitive individuals: they made a stink about it, called the show’s sponsors, made a big issue out of it, until some sponsors decided to bow to the pressure and state they were no longer going to advertise themselves during the show (and thus hurt it financially); the show was eventually cancelled.

I cannot fathom how people that say they love democracy and the freedoms it provides its citizens could do something like this; it’s as though they’re saying that people can freely express themselves as long as what they’re expressing is exactly what they themselves feel. In my opinion, “freedom of expression” is only significant if it means you tolerate the existence of opinions different from your own; if everyone thought the same way, what would be the big deal? True freedom of expression is, and should be, hard for all of us; if it were easy, it wouldn’t be worthwhile.

People have a myriad of opportunities to be good Americans and demonstrate their love for democracy, but squander them by acting this way, like overly-sensitive babies crying because their feelings were hurt and trying to impose their sensibilities on the general population. Sure, the advertisers that withdrew their support of the show had every right to do so: it’s their money and they can choose to support whichever shows they like; sure, these angered viewers had every right to express their disapproval of the show to its sponsors… but why go through all that trouble, if it was just easier to change the channel, and more democratic to let opinions different from their own coexist with theirs?

Now, feel free to express your opinion on this matter… 🙂

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January 5, 2005 - Posted by | Rant

4 Comments »

  1. I would, but I’m afraid.

    Comment by Mr. Hand | February 18, 2005 | Reply

  2. Hehe, be not afraid, Mr. Hand: here in my little Corner of Nonsense all comments are appreciated and all opinions are respected (unless, of course, they differ from my own, in which case I’ll just delete your comment)! 😉

    Comment by Rafa | February 18, 2005 | Reply

  3. Hear FUCKING hear, dude.

    Years ago they made a wonderful and magical device that prevents ideas, images and sounds you disagree with entering your home.

    It babysits your children and keeps them safe.

    It won’t impregnant your daughter.

    It won’t molest your son.

    It’s call the KNOB.

    Yes, the knob – turn it and you’re INSTANTLY transported to the wonderful world of the 700 Club, or even painting happy trees with an afro-clad honkey…

    THE KNOB. Available on EVERY TV and radio…ANYWHERE.

    Comment by SeangSTM | March 9, 2005 | Reply

  4. Our democracy has turned from freedom of expression into freedom to complain and restrict the freedom of others. Isn’t that great?!?! Btw. Dookie…HAHAHA. Sorry, Family Guy is too awesome.

    Comment by Anonymous | August 15, 2005 | Reply


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