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Words only have power because you give them power every time you are offended by it or tell someone else they shouldn’t use it. The more you try to ban words and force people to apologize for using them, the more power you give those words.
I’m not offended by you calling me and asshole or having a different opinion than me. It makes me happy that such discourse is possible and we live in a society where we can freely express our opinions.
I disagree completely about Tracy Morgan. You may disagree with what he said and find it personally offensive, but that doesn’t give you or GLAAD the right to stop him from expressing his opinion. They forced him go on an apology tour and actively tried to get him fired for something he said on stage while trying to perform comedy.
It seems that no one can honestly express their opinion anymore without fear of losing their jobs or being forced to apologize. Are we all such coddled babies that we can’t be offended anymore? Do we have to be protected from words? I’m glad you learned that word “pussy” can offend people but that doesn’t mean the word should be banned and you should never be allowed to post here again because you used it. We all should just have the right to call you and asshole and move on. The same goes with Ricky Gervais. He shouldn’t be banned from Television forever for using the word “mong”. But if everyone disagrees with him and thinks he’s an offensive idiot, he’ll disappear anyways because no one will watch him.
As much as I agree that what he said isn’t that funny, I really hate how every day it seems like a new comedian is being chastised or held hostage by special interest groups for the language they use. Comics are supposed to poke fun at the extreme aspects of our society and comment on their absurdity. They shouldn’t have to apologize every time they use the word retard, nigger or faggot in their act, because that is precisely what it is, an act. They are performing. It’s odd that someone such as the writers of South Park can make a cartoon character say offensive things about homosexuals or minorities and people call it biting satire, but if a comedian goes up on stage and does the same thing, the special interest groups come out in full force. Aren’t they only trying to make comedy of the same ideas?
Your friends either love hyperbole or haven’t seen very many movies. I saw Red State and it wasn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen. It wasn’t the best either. It was just an average movie that I wouldn’t dissuade anyone from watching. I enjoyed it more than most of the blockbuster movies that come out. I thought John Goodman and Stephen Root did really good jobs and liked their characters a lot.
As for the whole Kevin Smith monologue thing, I’m not sure what they are referring to. It’s actually very lacking in dialogue for a Kevin Smith film and the few long speeches fit well in the plot (i.e. the preacher performing his sermon or John Goodman testifying for the court).
And Anthony’s ass-kissing is only really understandable when you realize he plays the role of the right-wing, gun loving conservative on the show. So he’s supposed to be in love with Republicans. But after this clip Anthony went on to say that he was just asking any questions he could think of to keep him on the phone and prevent him from hanging up.
To say that it’s normal for them you really don’t understand or listen to the show. They’ve burned so many bridges by offending guests in the past.
My sarcasm meter was off…
You’ve obviously never heard any of his stand-up or watched Mr. Show…
I’m not saying he’s a religious authority but he is one of the more famous atheists and has been for a very long time.
“Face it Jake, It’s China Outsourcing”