Seriously, the letter liberals are posting all over the internet about the R word has the word dumb in it which offends another whole subset of people and they don't even notice because it's not the new cause yet. Freaking ridiculous.
This is just like when people make things a race issue when it wasn't to start with and then blow everything out of proportion when the original intent had nothing to do with race and the people actually involved wouldn't have thought of it except Al Sharpton told them it was.
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OK, I totally get what you are saying about the word Dumb, however I see jerk as different. It is an insult yes, but only to the person it is directed to, not to a whole unintended group of people. The usage of the word jerk, at least to me, is a way of showing that her actions have caused me to lose so much respect for her, that I want to express how I feel about it, and dont care if I hurt HER feelings.
Would I call her a jerk, to her face IRL? Maybe, except that I'm not really a confrontational person. But if the whole thing happened in real time in front of me (her using the word, being told it was hurtful to a portion of the audience, and then her using the word purposefully again) I might. In this case I dont think she would care, as I believe she was intending to be inflammatory with the second usage.
I dont think calling someone out on their hurtful language is a bad thing though. Often it is used unintentionally, in which case a person could be pulled aside and gently talked too. If it is done in an inflammatory manner, then an equal response should be expected. It is like anything else, nothing in this world would change if nobody ever said the way things were bothered them.
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I just think its insane to act like you think AC should be fired for doing her job and not apologizing when I bet not one single bleeding heart liberal will apologize for sharing a story that does the EXACT same thing while complaining about her.
I'm just done with this debate. If you can't see the difference between the r word and the f word...I just can't even go on.
ETA: The primary definition of the word dumb is a lack of intelligence or good judgment which AC clearly displayed.
Last edited by Jessica80; 10-25-2012 at 07:51 PM.
It's one thing to disagree about how the word should be viewed, or that people should be hurt by it. It is REALLY another to keep using it even though you know it hurts people. What is the point of that? Is it just to exercise your rights?
It might silly to be offended by someone saying potato. But if i KNEW it really hurt someone, I would stop saying it. Because it's lousy to keep hurting someone when you could choose to just say something else that wasn't hurtful. And it would be so easy. Why put up a fight and argue when it's so easy to just say something different and not hurt someone?
eta-Susan, I was talking about the guys letter to Ann telling her she isn't dumb.
Last edited by wlillie; 10-25-2012 at 08:18 PM.
Chiming in late.
First of all, this is what Ann Coulter does for a living. She should be promoted...she's provoking people, she has people talking, and they're all riled up.
Second, I do think the use of that word has changed a lot. When I was a kid it was not a bad word, it was the right word used to describe a specific condition. Then it became a nasty slang, the same way "gay" was used just to mean something was bad. So yes, I do think there's some harm to that. And yet a lot of the people who do that really don't mean it or think about it. It's not an excuse, but it's reality. People are unaware that what they're saying is demeaning and insensitive.
I think we can go over-the-top getting hung up on words, though. It's Ann Coulter, I don't know who would expect her to say things that aren't offensive. It doesn't matter to me if she uses offensive insulting words. It would matter more if it were the head of a school board, or the President, or one of my children.
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