Freedom of Speech
Seriously-I am so freaking tired of someone saying something rude, obnoxious, and/or shitty and then crying about how they can’t understand why everyone is so mad. Usually they come back and say “Oh come on, it was a joke, I’m sorry you took it wrong,” then start in with the whole freedom of speech spiel.
Well folks, I’m here to tell you that freedom of speech only protects your right to say it. It doesn’t protect you from the consequences of what you say. When you call someone a whore, slut, bitch, the c-word, dumbass, the n-word, ect…People are generally going to get peeved about it. When you send hate mail or email racist jokes, then chances are, someone's going to being you to task for it. I am mortified by the goings on in today's society. It’s as if the only way we are able to debate or argue our convictions is by trashing our opponent. I know some will say, it’s always been that way. But has it been this bad? And why so we take it? I’m personally not going to take it anymore. If you call me a nasty name then I’m going to call you out on it. In public. And I’m going to not only demand an apology but also a reason WHY you said it. “It was just a joke,” isn’t going to cut it anymore.
There was a scandal in the book blogging world last week when a prominent YA blogger got caught plagiarizing. For those of you still confused-plagiarism means stealing. It’s not a legal crime but more an ethical. Pretty much, you don’t take which doesn’t belong to you. The blogger question hemmed, hawed, finally got her apology right after two tries, then went on her merry way. What REALLY upset me about the whole situation (besides the theft) was how the blogger was made out to be victim. The actual victims, the ones she stole from, were sent hate mail from her fans ranging from insulting them to blaming them for having the audacity to actually get MAD that this blogger stole from them. The nerve, I know. *sarcasm*
Theft is theft and it shouldn't matter if the thief is someone you know or a stranger. When you take something that doesn’t belong to you, then the person you stole from has the right to get angry. They have the right to say they are angry and demand an apology. The fact that this needs to be continuously explained is both annoying and sad.
Arggggg. Dudes, I’m 41 years old, I do not and have never needed someone to tell me or my kid what is appropriate to read. Why do you insist on pushing your opinions on others? When something offends me, I choose not to read or watch it. Do I censor what my child reads and watches? Yes. But that is MY right and my choice as her parent. Will I attempt to censor what you or your family watches or reads? No. Because I respect your freedom of choice. And for God’s sake-read the book or watch the film before you start an all out war. I don’t know how many times I have seen or heard hysterical pitches to ban xx because of questionable context only to find out the person has never even read the book or watched the movie.
First off, I hate that term. It’s degrading, insulting, and stupid. All I can say is if you lean over my shoulder and ask if I’m reading “mommy porn” on my e reader, I will punch you in the head. I’m serious. Again, I’m 41 years old. I need neither your approval or validation to read romances. I’m not over sexed, under sexed, have a troubled marriage, addicted, or looking for a cheap thrill. I like romances and I like romances with sex in them. Suck it up.