An Open Letter to People Too Easily Offended By Words

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Don't tell me what to say.
One of the lessons that most of us learned at an early age was, "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." Back in my day it wasn't called "bullying," it was called teasing. And we grew thick skin from it. Maybe today's world needs to grow a little thick skin as well. What a concept.

But today it certainly seems like there's always a bullshit story in the media about someone being offended by one word or another. The most recent "scandals" came from jokes (albeit not very fantastic ones) at the Daytime Emmys and from Gary Oldman simply voicing his outlook on several situations. It's all pretty ridiculous. To be clear here, I'm not defending what anyone says or taking a side because I do wholeheartedly think that offended people and groups have a right to their opinion as well. It's just that I also have an opinion and this is mine so buckle up.

So let me get this straight, in America we have free speech but you are telling me that as an adult, I am not allowed to say certain words? And people are campaigning for these words to be outlawed? And this list of ever growing words are a "no-no" for me to spout but at the same time, others are allowed to say them? Hilarious. Talk about a double standard! There are certain words I don't choose to include in my vocabulary but I'll be dammed if someone is going to tell me that I can't use them. I'm not trying to not be "PC" on purpose because I happen to be very aware of where and when I say things personally. What I am saying is that we all have a right to speak our minds with our own words. The words that we choose to use at our own discretion. We were also taught to "use our words" but when we do, someone gets mad? Come on now. It's hypocritical and I think a lot of you know that.

This word policing has gone too far and I have had it with this shit (and I know I'm not alone here). I'm not saying that people should run all around town and call a stranger's child a fucktard, to call the grocery checker a stupid bitch, or to point out someone's race or religion with the sole intent to be malicious. I'm just saying it's your prerogative. I wouldn't personally do it (out loud anyway) but that's just me. And honestly, it's up to me if I want to or not! I'm also not in the public eye so no one would even give a fuck what I said. My use of any "offensive words" would never be news worthy. And trust me, I wouldn't want to be news worthy because for those who are and do voice their opinion, the news and media smear them and it's repulsive.



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redconvoy
redconvoy

As someone said, Political Correctness should be thrown out the window.  People should grow a thick skin and stop it all ready!  If I hear more pseudointellectual speak (PC speak as I see it) like I hear on television, I will scream!  People should be mindful and respectful of each other.  Tolerance to me is insulting because who wants to be "tolerated" for their differences.  Every human being is different and to treat someone who is black or Hispanic or even Asian differently like a pat on the head is patronizing and insulting.  They are not inferior and they are no different from anyone else.  Treat people with the respect you would want returned! People out there need to carefully see what Political Correctness really is and read between the lines.

jgp9195
jgp9195

Amen! I can't stand it when people tell me not to say something. I also censor myself when at work, or around strangers. However when I am out and I say "that was really gay" and a person I know is not gay to correct me I get OFFENDED. I agree people need to grow a pair and stop being a little bitch.

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Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor

I'm a kike yid Hebe and I was zero percent offended by Gary Oldman's remarks. Who cares? There is real anti-semitism in the world - why get upset about an actor throwing out a one liner about Jewish influence in Hollywood which everyone already knows anyway! I was a lot more upset at Oldman for being against marijuana legalization.

Marlon Spears
Marlon Spears

If you say something to someone with the sole intent to arose anger, should you be hurt as a result, that should be completely on you. But since this is not reality, I can't fully stand by this oversimplification of a complicated issue for some. Definitely agree that some people get offended far too easily though.

Mike Frenez
Mike Frenez

Great article Ali. Now if we can only send this out to everyone of these douche bags in the world we'd probably save half our time wasted on all these pc issues. I think people get pc because it puts excitement and purpose in there unsatisfied and dreary lives. Afterall, people that are truly happy don't gripe about petty verbaige or read into things. PC tards who choose to get "offended" were probably already angry and stressed out to begin with. But they lie in wait for the next big opportunity to feel that self-importance they sooo miss! Then, you got the media pissing in their ears hoping to create buzz or get an angry reaction just to stir the pot. Instigators bigtime! Anyway, keep these stories flowing please. The world NEEDS to hear your message! :D

WhiteyAlmighty
WhiteyAlmighty

Good message, Ali. But your message loses credibility since your publication's editor is one of the people so easily offended. He found "Operation Guacamole" offensive, for fuck's sake!

Andrew Russell
Andrew Russell

Wow, OC Weekly coming out for free speech? I'm kinda impressed.

12th_Man
12th_Man

Right on point, good job!

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

"sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." Bullshit.

Interesting article, though.



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