We, as a society, need to stop cheapening the meaning of words and actions.
We need to stop saying we’ve been “raped” by people and situations that are nothing more than inconveniences. We need to stop charging 17-year-olds who take nude photos of themselves with possession of child porn. We need to stop calling everything racist or sexist or homophobic. Stop taking away importance from real, actual terms that describe real, actual crimes and insults. Cheapening this stuff does a disservice to real, actual problems.
Seen through that prism, is this year’s Volkswagen Super Bowl ad racist like some are claiming? Is a white guy from Minnesota with no worries and a Jamaican accent like “blackface with voices,” as New York Times columnist Charles Blow suggested on CNN? Take a look and decide.
There’s no room on this Delaware playground for Dora the Explorer.
The English version says to supervise your kids. The Spanish language version not only says that users need a permit to play there, but that violators may face police action if they fail to obtain one.
Danny Hafley is a total jokester. He’s definitely not racist. Would a racist erect a statue of President Barack Obama eating a watermelon all the way down by the road in front of his house in Kentucky, in a community where there are no black people? No, of course not! NOT RACIST.
We’re not racists, but we see the absence of black players at Zenit as an important tradition.
Internet Justice, she is swift!
“It’s not about me, it’s about them. Now that’s a lesson I learned seven years when I blew it in the comedy club, lost my temper because someone interrupted my act and said some things that hurt me and I lashed out in anger,” Michael Richards tells Seinfeld in the latest episode of Jerry’s Comedians in Cars web series. “I busted up after that event seven years ago — it broke me down. It was a selfish response, I took it too personally and I should have just said, ‘Yeah, you’re absolutely right, I’m not funny, I think I’ll go home and work on my material and I’ll see you tomorrow night,’ and split.”