Friday, March 28, 2014

Is Stephen Colbert Offensive? Does The Very Question Offend You?

Some of us are just too chillaxed to be easily offended.

So now we want to “Cancel Colbert.”

In case you haven't heard, Stephen Colbert has offended lots of people by mocking someone he himself seems to find offensive. Yup. The comic accuser now stands accused and things have finally come full circle here in Offended America.

A short summary of events: Colbert was mocking the owner of the Washington Redskins for a willingness to offend people. In doing so, however, Colbert pretended to be offensive himself. Well, lots of people didn't get the joke and now they're outraged at the beloved faux conservative.

There's a new rule, we're being told, via Twitter. And that rule contends that you cannot accuse a person or group of being offensive through the use of satire. What's more, if you have the audacity not to comply with this rule, you will subsequently stand accused of the same high crime of offensiveness you're highlighting.

What this all means, of course, is that sometimes you just have to sit back and watch the insanity unfold. For, after devouring every bloody fish in the shark tank, members of the offended class now seem to be turning on each other. Let's face it, Colbert has never had a problem using his comedy to toss red meat out to the easily offended. In a sense, then, this all seems to be a just dessert of sorts.

Thing is, though, Colbert might not be hurt by this. Not really. He may stand accused of being a privileged white liberal at the moment - but other privileged white liberals are rushing to his defense. Yes, it's true. Esteemed white libs are now arguing that Colbert's words were taken out of context on Twitter. If only everyone, they seem to be saying, would be as mature and nuanced as they themselves are.

The point here is that there may be yet another rule to adhere to. And that rule says that certain educated, well-off Caucasians of a particular leaning simply cannot be accused of offending someone. Which, of course, is pretty offensive in and of itself.

But why get mad at this point? At least Colbert won't lose his job over something ridiculous. That sort of thing is saved for the type of people Colbert mocks on his show, after all.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

If You Disagree With Me About This, You're A Bad Person

The World's Greatest Cat is completely bowled over by the arrogance of some people. 

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, recently stated in no uncertain terms that if you don't share his personal ideology, you should get rid of any Apple stocks you own.  He then proceeded to sit in a corner and suck his thumb.

Okay, that last part isn't true, but the rest of the paragraph is. Someone should have asked Tim if those who disagree with his personal ideology should stop buying Apple products, too. The truth is, he may well have said yes. Why? Because we now live in a world where there is no other side to an argument. There is only your side and the opinions of idiots and bad people.

Employees over at CNN and the Los Angeles Times, for example, have clearly indicated they have no patience for people known as "climate change deniers." If  "climate change deniers" sounds like a ominous and scary name it's because those who utter it truly believe it pertains to ominous, scary people.

Need more proof of rampant self-righteousness? Over at Harvard a student named Sandra Korn recently argued that there should be no more academic freedom, just academic justice. Academic justice, of course, is something that's defined by Ms. Korn and those who think like her.

You may agree with this sort of nonsense, but if you do, you're in some nefarious company. Look, people like Mr. Cook and Ms. Korn are nowhere near the likes of Hitler and Stalin. They're not even close. Yet a mindset which screams "if you don't agree with me you have to shut up or go away" is perfectly in keeping with the mindsets of Communist Russia and the Third Reich.That's just the truth.

Again, neither Mr. Cook nor Ms. Korn are mass murdering despots. They're taking the country in the wrong direction, though, and that's a scary thing. There's certain truths all sane Americans agree on, like the fact that slavery was evil. When we apply that same self-assurance to other beliefs, however, we basically begin being intolerant. And that's how Mr. Cook and Ms. Korn are acting - intolerant.

Kinda un-American, don't you think?