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More shit that happens to annoy me. [Mar. 2nd, 2006|10:25 pm]
mr feeny's house of snark
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[nick_thesaint]
First off, political correctness.

Now, it's kind of tired to rant about how stupid political correctness is, but I'm not the type of moron who rebels against it by calling blacks "niggers" and gays "faggots." That isn't being politically incorrect, that's being a dickead (and I don't fucking care if you have black or gay friends).

No, it's part of the terminology that bothers me. In particular: African-American. It's really just a term in a series of many other terms to describe those with extremely dark skin that may have some form of descent from places such as the African continent, as well as Haiti, Jamaica, and probably even Brazil. Now, calling anyone anything-American means that they had come from one country to the United States and have taken up permanent residence. As far as I know, African-Americans are not all from Africa. They happen to be Americans who are (*GASP*) black. Yes, that's the dreaded word I use: black. That doesn't really mean anything, or at least it should, but it somehow equates to being a racist.

Of course, being called a racist for not following the strict rules of politically correct terminology is simply a knee-jerk reaction. As far as I know, I'm the least racist person I know. Sure, I like to make a jest at how some Asians reverse their L's and R's, but it's all in good spirits - it has nothing to do with hating them. In fact, I probably have more dislike for people of my own racial ethnicity than of any other, especially the fucking British. What a bunch of self-important snobs, really...

Still, there's this crowd who act that they're so racially sensitive that even a race joke should be considered a form of bigotry against a culture. Of course, it's all okay if you happen to be of that race, but if you're white and make a joke about Mexicans and jokes, you're "obviously" as bad as Hitler. It's a bunch of bullshit, though! It's not like my telling of a joke will lead to the lynching of Mexicans. Seriously, if these assholes really care about racial prejudice and discrimination, why not actually observe some actual acts of it and do something about it. Being a self-rightous prick to some people for telling a joke is like being a nagging mother to a child who says he likes to eat his own boogers - you're just being annoying and they're not going to listen.

Second, playing devil's advocate.

There's nothing I hate more than when you're pissed off and someone sincerely comes up and defends the subject of your anger. For example, you could be driving and want to mutilate the guy who cut you off - the last thing you want to hear from someone is "well, maybe they just made a little mistake..." Does that mean your being mad is then invalid? Does that mean whoever pissed you off is suddenly off the hook? The answer to both: no. The problem is that the person next to you feels some weird need to represent the other side, even if they agree with you.

One thing I always despise is when I go to the movies is when someone has to talk during the movie. I don't care what the reason is, you don't talk while I and several other people are trying to watch a movie. Want to make a comment on some action scene? Well, then fucking take it outside after the movie. I don't want to hear you yelling "oh my GAWD! 'Dat was so friggin' cool! Oh my GAAAAAAAAAAWD!" If I didn't have the ability to keep myself from beating the shit out of every single thing that annoyed me, you'd most definitely be next in line for an ass-beating. Still, there are people who feel some need to even defend these assholes "well, maybe this is one of the few times they see a movie..." Let me say this right here and now: Shut. The. Fuck. Up. I don't care why someone needs to talk during the movie, it's the fact they're doing so - trying to convince me that there's an excuse for it is absolutely moronic.

I know a lawyer's job is essentially playing devil's advocate, but that's what they're paid to do. You don't pay someone to burst into your conversation and defend the guy at work who keeps stealing the last doughnut in the lunch room. They do so because there's this odd belief that there are two sides to the story and that neither are wrong or right. Is that so? Oh, well, at least we know now that if a guy broke your car window with a crowbar, it isn't his fault - he was just having a bad day. You can't blame him for that, can you? That'd be mighty unfair, although he had no right to wreck your car and try stealing your car radio.

Third and last...okay, let me explain: ever been around someone who claims to be something like a "freak" (i.e. "Don't mess with me, 'cause I'm one crazy motherfuckin' freak!") or "asshole" (i.e. "don't expect me to be nice, I'm an asshole."), etc.? Yeah, those people.

There's nothing worse than someone who claims to be something and act like it. They think that having some self-proclaim title is like having a medal around your chest that tells everyone else just how much cooler you are than them. In real life, an actual asshole gets shit from others because he's being an asshole. However, if you're a self-proclaimed asshole, it's a different issue - it means it's part of your personality! Nevermind that you say shit most people can't get away with, you're an asshole and people respect it!

What annoys me about them is that they really aren't what they have claimed to be, but only act so because they claimed it and get away with it. What makes it worse is that some people fall for it and vocally excuse their phoney-baloney bullshit. While the guy who proclaims he an asshole may not be a true asshole, acting like one is still inexcusable. I mean, when have self-proclaimed titles become a life style choice? Was there some agreement made by everyone on the planet and I was left out? Really, it makes no sense to me. I mean, if I did the same thing, I'm sure that I (deservedly) would be given shit for doing it. Yet, somehow, I find these people who do it all the time and get away with it. Is there some requirement where you can only self-proclaim a title as long as there's an excuse that goes along with it? I'm sure for most of them it's because they (like any disposible excuse) "had a hard life" or complete bullshit like that. Of course, I'm sure half of what's considered a "hard life" by these same people was only getting $20 a week for an allowance instead of $100 and having their parents not let them hang out with their friends until midnight. Yeah, what a horrible reality to live in. Those kids in South Africa are a bunch of pussies by comparison.

I believe that when you let people like this get away with whatever they want, you're actually contributing to the downfall of society. When we don't hold people accountable for their actions, it leads to excuses based on these non-truths people make up. The kind of non-truths where someone would try to convince another person that date rape is acceptable because the victim was wearing a short skirt. It's a load of shit and it's distracting us from the fact that when you do something, that you're completely responsible for it. Of course, nowadays, you can just about say anything and it'll come out as a solid defense for reckless behavior ("Well, you see, sir: he drank soda as a child and it made him hyperactive. You can't blame him for breaking into a store for crack money, right?"). So, yes, you're fucking dooming us everytime you do it - so think next time before you defend an asshole for being an asshole.
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From: kyjoandahalf
2006-03-03 07:10 pm (UTC)
Ha! Nice one.
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From: eighty
2006-03-03 10:00 pm (UTC)
Also, there are plenty of caucasians who could be called "African-American" because they are indeed from Africa. Charlize Theron, for instance, is African-American. That cracks me up. I don't see why people get so offended over "black." We call ourselves "whites." So they do. They call themselves black. So what the hell is the goddamn problem?

What are your feelings on the use of "gay" and "retarded" meaning "stupid?"
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[User Picture]From: onebenihana
2006-03-03 10:32 pm (UTC)
I use both for stupid.

And fuck you if you disagree or if I "offended" you by saying it. It's MY vernacular, not yours. I don't hate gays nor do I have anything against retarded people (though I really get irritated by them. whatever) so suck it up buttercup and move on. Words are words, it's the meaning behind them that counts.
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From: eighty
2006-03-03 11:35 pm (UTC)
I hope that wasn't directed at me. :O
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[User Picture]From: onebenihana
2006-03-04 03:05 am (UTC)
No it wasn't JIlly darling, didnt you see the AIM I left?
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From: nick_thesaint
2006-03-04 12:29 am (UTC)
"And fuck you if you disagree or if I "offended" you by saying it."

What if I disagree and hold nothing against you because of it?
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[User Picture]From: onebenihana
2006-03-04 03:05 am (UTC)
Then I don't mind?

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From: nick_thesaint
2006-03-04 12:29 am (UTC)
I'm not big on it, but that's because I think there are better words to describe something as stupid. Well, that and I just always found it to be a sign of lacking a vocabulary.

Still, at the same time, I'm not going to get on anyone's ass about it - I have no right to.
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