Who’s the real bully here?

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Apparently, this PSA has been out since 2008, but I saw it for the first time yesterday:

This post is not meant to be a moral debate about homosexuality. I’m young enough to understand that the word “gay” bears no resemblance to its original definition: Showing or characterized by cheerfulness and lighthearted excitement; merry; bright or lively, especially in color: a gay, sunny room. I’m okay with that.

I’m also okay (mostly) with the fact that the favorite drawing subject of almost every young child with a new box of crayons–a rainbow–is now the symbol for an entire movement of alternative lifestyle. A rainbow is still a rainbow, even though now a new meaning has been attached to it.

I agree with what Wanda Sykes says at the beginning of the ad. The word “gay” should not be used as a derogatory term meant to insult an entire group of people.

But she loses me at the end with the line: “It’s like if I thought this pepper shaker was stupid and I said, ‘Man, this pepper shaker is so 16-year old boy with a cheesy moustache'”.

With that 30 second ad, she manages to sum up my disdain for the entire political correctness movement. If you question or disagree with a political or moral opinion, you’re a hate monger and therefore free game for vicious personal attack.

There’s no such thing as tolerance unless you agree with what they stand for.

Which is pretty much the definition of intolerance.

We’re never going to get anywhere but further apart if we continue to view people with different views as somehow less human than we are–and I’m talking to both sides of any controversial topic.

As Wanda Sykes is fond of saying, “It’s a crazy world.”

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2 Responses to “Who’s the real bully here?”

  1. Audra Krell August 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    I had never seen this PSA either, but I really don’t like it. As mom to a 16 year old boy with his first mustache, she manages to not only insult me but judge as well. I knew there was a reason I don’t watch TV much. I agree with your comments to both sides and I often wonder if people really are interested in moving forward, or just getting their way.

  2. jake August 14, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    Waa waa. Wanda Sykes. I feel like I saw enough to get me into some big trouble, know? I worked with a wonderful lesbian woman at starbucks and she called things gay, disdain included. I guess she’s one in a million, but still. I just don’t know, friend…

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