Friday, June 1, 2018

Words Have Consequences, Part 2

I’m not going to defend Samantha Bee for the word she used, but I knew the moment I heard about it that there would be a backlash, particularly an “AHA!” from the Trumpers who defended Roseanne Barr for her racism.  Of course there would be demands that TBS fire Ms. Bee because one bad word is exactly the same as a long history of loopy racism and conspiracy theories, which it is most assuredly not.

Ms. Bee immediately apologized without blaming prescription drugs, as did the network.  But she handed the Trumpers an excuse to indulge in their favorite game of Both Sides Do It.  Forget the fact that the “c” word was emblazoned on t-shirts at Trump rallies; forget the fact that it’s been bandied about by Trump supporters like Ted Nugent and Trump’s inner circle and Trump himself.  None of that matters to the Fox News viewers who will carry on about how mean the liberals are to poor Ivanka and what flaming hypocrites they are too.  And they should know about hypocrisy because they live it night and day.

Plus there’s the added bonus of getting all amped up about language, which distracts us from the fact that more people died in Puerto Rico from a hurricane than were killed on 9/11 and they’re still waiting for complete power restoration.  It’s so much easier to talk about your personal outrage than do something about nearly 5,000 American citizens dead on an island.

As Steve M notes, “I’m not saying, ‘Liberals, censor yourselves.’ I’m saying, ‘Liberals, don’t give the bastards an opening.'”