So the Asked Awards are Christmas day, and while it’s been something that myself and Johnny Landin have talked about all month on this show it’s bittersweet for me because in the past week something has happened in the world of current events that I’d love to rant on during the show – however with time constraints and giving people awards in recognition for their achievements on our program, I don’t get to until our January 1st episode and by then I feel like it’s going to be too late to do so. Therein lies the beauty of being as good at writing as I am at podcasting, and that’s the beauty of keeping this website functional for myself and for Johnny Landin – it’s the ability to elaborate on topics that would be on the show. It’s the ability to elaborate on clips and episodes.
The past month or two I haven’t had the urge to write – Asked Aftermaths, NXT Recaps, reviews – all of that is like pulling teeth sometimes because I feel like everyone out there has a severe case of attention deficit disorder where anything written past 140 characters on Twitter is too difficult for the (ever-shrinking) human brain to digest. I can't lie - lately it's Johnny doing the brunt of the writing on a weekly basis because life and my lack of faith in the universe for the past few months has me pretty burnt out. I try not to complain about my problems though. It’s unfortunate that we live in a world where people have so much trouble reading despite spending the majority of their time staring at a screen with words on it. It’s the reason that Johnny and I have transitioned into podcasting despite both of us having roots in writing blogs. Unfortunately we must have missed the curve on that too because now everybody (and their mother) has a podcast and more people are into YouTubing.
Take this kid with my last name. This Brent Rivera douche-bag. To my knowledge he’s “Internet Famous” for making really crappy YouTube videos, having a dead-animal-on-top-of-his-head haircut and wearing skinny girl jeans. THIS is what we choose to put on a pedestal. In my generation this kid would have been thrown in a trashcan which would then be beaten with a baseball bat until he lost his hearing just for looking like an ugly tranny. This is what the young populace shall worship – people on YouTube who have nothing to say, no life experience, and no opinion on anything deeper than "what One Direction song did I listen to this morning on the way to school?" This makes me sick and it makes me sicker still that somebody with nothing worthwhile to say and even less to contribute shares my last name and will be more iconic than someone like myself who speaks the brutal ugly truths of the world. Why? Because he’s everything we’re being told as a society to “tolerate.” Because instead of manning up, we’d rather pee sitting down while using our Android or iPhone devices to watch YouTube mindlessly – and somehow pay people like this thousands of dollars in advertising revenue. And for some reason it’s only the ones with nothing thought provoking to contribute that are making that money. It disgusts me and I feel like my honeymoon with the Internet is clearly over because of the fact that no matter my message, people won’t open their eyes or ears and continue to be sad little simpletons that would rather be part of some sort of hive mind that only thinks a certain way.
As of late I haven’t had the desire to write because I feel like I am the only audience; people are too busy with their memes, and their Sharkeisha WorldStarHipHop videos – but screw it, I need to put my opinions and thoughts on the matters of the world out there. Over the past few weeks we have seen a hideous influx of what one can only call “butthurt” from the news media (and the saps that buy into the propaganda) on a number of topics and I’d like to call every one of these pansies out on their bullshit.
First off we’ve got this guy from Duck Dynasty – Phil Robertson, who has recently been all over the media due to the fact that he had a GQ magazine interview where he basically stated that he sees homosexuality as “the same sin as bestiality” and that as a man he thinks “a male anus would be less appealing than a woman’s vagina.” For his opinion the interest groups have gone insane over him and A&E now wants him suspended from his hit television series, Duck Dynasty, because they are concerned that he has "offended people."
I’ve heard of Duck Dynasty but never really cared to watch the show. The subject matter doesn't really appeal to me and I have always been staunchly against reality television. However just because it's not my cup of tea doesn't mean I'm not aware that right now Duck Dynasty is a cash cow. You can’t turn a corner in a store without being hit with some sort of Duck Dynasty merchandise – you’ve got books, DVDs of entire seasons, Duck Dynasty bandaids, Duck Dynasty board games, Duck Dynasty T-shirts, Duck Dynasty stuffed animals of bearded old men (although I do find it creepy if anyone would give their son or daughter an old bearded hillbilly stuffed animal to take to bed with them) and the list goes on – by the way since I don’t have millions of dollars in advertising revenue like the douche on YouTube with the skinny jeans please feel free to click the link above and buy the stuff off Amazon.com (or any other stuff by searching for things that appeal to you once you get there through the link) to keep this site going, especially if you agree with me.
However I feel A&E knew when they signed on for this show that they are hiring white, hillbilly, older gentlemen from the state of Louisiana that probably were raised on hardcore Conservative Christian moral values, probably raised in an era that was less tolerant of cultural diversity, and that is just where the dice lands when you roll them. Eventually someone from the show was probably going to say something that somebody didn't like and you have to wonder if this was such a big deal why GQ magazine didn't edited out that portion of the interview where controversial comments were made to begin with. I see people calling Robertson ignorant and “bigoted” and up in arms over what he said and grateful and thankful that “WE GOT ‘EM” and another “gay bashing homophobe” has been taken off the air. Every time I see someone post and buy into this “team tolerance” propaganda it makes my stomach turn that they don’t see the hypocrisy in this entire thing. Society wants to preach “being gay is cool” but if you say “I don’t think being gay is cool” that automatically makes you a homophobe? The guy said “as a man, I don’t see the appeal in another man’s anus.” That doesn’t make him a homophobe. That just makes him HETEROSEXUAL. Is that wrong now? Is it wrong to be a straight guy? And the funniest thing about it is more of the people who are bitching about it are heterosexual than homosexual and most of the homosexual people I see actually have mostly said things along the lines of either “that Duck Dynasty guy doesn’t like homosexuals but he doesn’t have to because I don’t have to deal with him,” or “I don’t care because I don’t even watch the show,” or simply “it doesn’t affect me in any way.” So if most gay people aren’t affected on it, who is all over this media shit-storm? GLAAD?
GLAAD is the worst – by their own slogan “Words and images matter.” Well what about actions? They are nothing more than one of those interest groups that wants everyone who has ever said “faggot” or called something they don’t like “gay” to apologize to the point we should all worry they are going to kidnap us at night and “re-educate” us if we haven’t. Offended by anything and everything, GLAAD seems to put up more barriers than they break down by showing the clear divide of bigotry towards anyone that doesn’t share their own values and beliefs. It’s easy to go after a famous guy who said he doesn’t agree with homosexuality. They’d rather make examples and humiliations of famous people than to… Oh, I don’t know – go after REAL hate-crimes? What about homosexual men and women who are attacked and beaten every single day for their sexual preference? Doesn’t that take precedence over some old rich white hillbilly on a reality television show saying he doesn’t like male asses? Unless Phil Robertson is hanging “them Goddamn queers” off of trees in his front yard I don’t see what he SAID as a “problem” that “society” should correct. And I certainly don’t see it as a reason to remove him from television. If he imposed his will on others and beat people over the head with his beliefs I could see the problem. Instead he was asked a question, answered the question, and A&E had a panic attack and fired a guy. I see plenty of people on Twitter saying that “Phil Robertson has the 1st amendment right to speak his mind but A&E has the 1st amendment right to fire him.” Is that what we are as a society now? Where if someone doesn’t agree with what we said we lose our jobs? We are ostracized? Cast out? Banished? Phil Robertson obviously won’t lose any sleep at night. He’s a billionaire and even if A&E doesn’t want him on their network, being part of the highest rated show on television just means a lot of other networks will jump at the opportunity to cash in. My problem is we aren’t all Phil Robertson and thus the message is being broadcast loud and clear that “if you say something the majority doesn’t like you deserve to lose your job and be treated like the Grand Wizard of the KKK for it.” And that’s a problem, society. “Anything you say CAN and WILL be used against you” is what we save for when people are “under arrest.” It should not be a daily ordeal that you have to watch your mouth out of fear what comes out of it will be met with attempts to ruin your way of life because “somebody didn’t agree with you.” You may not agree with Phil Robertson’s views and he may not agree with yours – but tolerance is about accepting that and moving forward, not “storming the castle with torches lit” because somebody said they didn’t agree with homosexuality – that’s a philosophical difference of opinion and not a hate crime and there are a lot of idiots out there that really need to learn the difference.
Unfortunately the hysteria regarding censoring anyone who says anything "we" (we as in "those in power" because I'm not offended at all) is getting worse instead of better. Robertson isn’t the only person under fire for comments made in public somewhere. A day or two ago from the time I wrote this a public relations specialist may have started her own public relations nightmare when Justine Sacco tweeted the following from her Twitter account.
The resulting backlash is that people took it seriously as a sign of racism and hatred and bigotry and decided to trend the topic #HasJustineLandedYet? What amazes me is when you think of the context of the trending topic it’s as if people are saying they are just waiting for this woman to land so they can inflict physical harm upon her. Stop and think about this… inflicting PHYSICAL harm over someone’s WORDS… on the Internet. You know what else you can find on the Internet other than words that might be offensive? You can find guy spreading his anus to the size of a basketball. You can find a woman who can fire her fecal matter like a projectile into her own face in the bathtub. Those things offend me. Should I find the people in those photos and beat the crap out of them for taking them? Everyone has made a joke that was in poor taste, some more than others. But should every single thing someone says be dissected and should they be ostracized for it? We spent so much time telling everyone to “say what you want to say,” “speak your mind,” “don’t care what other people think.” And over the past five years we’ve turned that to “If you say ANYTHING that SOMEONE doesn’t like, we will find a way to ruin your life over it.” The problem is that EVERYONE is offended by SOMETHING and EVERYONE is offended by DIFFERENT things – so how exactly as a world with 7 billion people on it do we gauge “morality?” Morality is different for every single man and woman in the world, and I thought tolerance was allowing everyone from all walks of life to speak their mind – NOT only choosing that when it’s convenient to what we personally think.
Also Justine, please call me. You’re totally kinda hot. And I hope you have a nice ass to go with the pretty face. And I’d love to take you to dinner. Not at KFC though because they will probably spit in your food.
…I bet you think the “KFC” comment was automatically “racially motivated” and an “attack on black people.” So… that means KFC employees won’t spit in your food because they are disgruntled or underpaid? It has nothing to do with race but chances are good you reading this article assumed it was about black people. Point proven that words can be perceived as meaning ONE thing and mean a DIFFERENT thing entirely. By the way, you are racist for automatically thinking KFC = “black people.” Congratulations. Please let me know where you work so I can tell them you are and get you fired (I hope you’re all seeing the point I am trying to make here).
On a slightly related note, I saw Anchorman 2 today. I had seen the previews for the movies and the commercials where the News Team mistook a man who was openly gay for being a vampire asking if he can go out in the sun and stuff like that. While the preview was amusing to me, the scene was apparently cut from the final film. I can only assume that again the interest groups got REALLY offended and went on a hissy-fit over it. I don’t see why. The trailer for the movie is below. You decide whether or not it’s all that offensive.
If you can’t laugh at yourself, you don’t understand comedy in any way shape or form whatsoever. Comedy isn’t supposed to care who it offends. If a comedy doesn’t make you laugh maybe it’s not your kind of comedy. “Politically correct comedy” is the greatest oxymoron of all-time.
The bottom line here is: you choose to let words have power. You choose to let things offend you. I would probably have a lot more wrinkles and lines on my face if I got upset any time someone mistook me for Mexican despite my Puerto Rican heritage. Words don’t hurt. Actions do. Fists do. If you let a word hurt you, especially the words of a stranger, a celebrity, or someone that is of no consequence to you, who you will never encounter in your life in any way shape or form whatsoever, and who will not have an effect on the day to day operations that exist within your life then you need to change your panties and grow some tougher skin – nobody is imposing it on you. You can choose NOT to watch the movie that offends you. You can choose not to watch the television program that offends you. You can choose not to read the site that offends you. You can choose not to follow the people on Twitter who offend you. You’re all only offended because you choose to be offended and you choose to attack anyone that doesn’t see things the way you do you’re not promoting tolerance; you’re actually doing the exact opposite. You are promoting oppression. In America we’re allowed to disagree no matter how vulgar or disgusting the other person’s OPINIONS might be to you. But you have the choice to not listen to said opinions so when you get mad about what someone else says and you STAY mad about it, my heart doesn’t bleed for you. It pities you that you’re all so weak. We spend so much time as a society apologizing and trying to FORCE apologies out of people we understand that we don’t spend it living or bettering ourselves in any way.
I can only hope that the cast of A&E’s hit show The Bates Motel (also available on Blu-Ray DVD on Amazon), are all liberal, pro-gay, pro-GLAAD, pro-buggery people because I really like the show and don’t want to see it pulled on the air because somebody “had an opinion” a few interest groups didn’t like. My name is Riv. My views are my own. My views are my right. And I do not apologize.
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Unless your name is Brent Rivera. Then I have NO respect for you because you’re just an ugly annoying obnoxious little piss-ant.