Students at Lexington High School in Lexington, Massachusetts (an area where people like this guy fucked shit up so hard it’s memorialized in stone) decided a cool theme for one of their school dances was “American Pride.” Fuck yeah, you stay bad little dudes and dudettes.
But there was a problem. Albeit blown a little bit out of proportion in the initial internet-whirlwind-shitstorm. The administration suggested changing the theme/name to “national pride,” because it’s more inclusive, or some shit. Wait, back up the truck, chief. Everyone is an American, so who exactly is excluded?
Read the article here, which was updated to remove internet knee-jerkisms.
Is being butt-hurt a new American pastime? It’s in right now to not be proud of your heritage, unless it’s something exotic, other than American. It seems like every time I glance at the internet there’s a report of some group of people vehemently denouncing some innocuous activity or statement, ostensibly at the behest of another, usually ambiguous group of people who are feared “offended”, or who have feigned as such (see the end of this article for thoughts on the concept of being offended).
This guy got kicked off a Southwest flight because his shirt said “fuck.” What the actual shit is wrong with us? Why do we care about such non-issue bullshit? Hell, I have lots of shirts that say “fuck” on them.
These fucking things sicken me. And by sicken, I mean fill me with smoldering rage. Not for the reasons you might think, though. It’s not because, “‘Murica.” Ok, it’s partly because, ‘Murica. But mostly it’s because there is a dishonesty in all of these things, on both sides which bothers me more deeply than the pussification implied therein.
People don’t want to be so sterile, politically correct, and fucking whiny. However, the culture of fear propagated by the instant, 24-hour-internet-news-cycle which destroys entire lives thoroughly over speculation and spin based on single lines of text, and never repairs errant damage, people are lead to think most others want them to be that way. They believe acting as such will garner some social capital by pretending to be so moved by meaningless bullshit no one cares about in the first place. It’s a big dog and pony show. It’s all made up.
In many of these cases the white-knighting entities are acting preemptively. There is no outcry until someone takes issue with the response to said nonsense. Of course someone does respond, because it’s nonsense and there are people on the internet with an axe to grind. It’s like an animal who isn’t acting aggressively, when suddenly you freeze in fear and the animal senses it. Then it’s on–they’re coming at you. Not because they were on the attack before but because they sensed fear; where there is fear, there is opportunity to exert dominance and influence.
These wimps (public school administrators in this case) act only in the interest of self-preservation and a kind of entropy, creating the gray-goo of nothingness and sameness; all that ever was, is or will be must be accounted for and payed equal mind at all times. Lest we be thought insensitive towards–whom?
It’s like when you’re a kid, and you gently tap your little brother, who is annoyed but unharmed. Then your mom walks into the room and all of a sudden he turns on the waterworks to bring the wrath and fury upon you. Not because he has a reason to, because he can. That’s one thing when you’re five. I don’t believe these crocodile-tear shedding motherfuckers for one second. I don’t buy the “offended” angle (in almost any case, but that’s another story). They’re simply capitalizing on the influence laid at their feet.
The white-knights profess their undying devotion to non-affrontive conduct in all instances at all times. They don’t believe that “American pride” is offensive, in fucking America, in the home of the American revolution, the site of the shot heard round the world. A place where the hardest fucks who ever lived started the baddest brawl with the biggest bully on the block and eventually knocked his ass out. The irony could choke a donkey, and I imagine that’s a big reason this got so much attention.
They don’t buy that shit, either. But they think enough other people do, and they don’t want to draw the ire of the internet. So, they do things they think the imaginary group–which doesn’t exist until you try not to offend it–wants to see and hear.
All to score points that don’t exist in a game that doesn’t matter, that none of us wanted to play in the first place.
Thoughts on being offended:
The concept of being offended, is in and of itself the only true obscenity. If something ‘offends’ you, instead of lashing out look within yourself to find why you might be so weak, as to be troubled by such a petty thing. Being offended is your problem, not the problem of the world around you. It’s up to you to decide how to feel about incoming information. No one has the power to make you feel a certain way, unless you give it to them. It’s no ones responsibility to walk on egg shells around you, so if you constantly find your sensibilities offended; you’re the problem.