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Disturbing use of the R*** word on a wordpress blog

  1. You don’t have all the answers? I want my money back!!!

    Have you ever thought of writing a book on all the subtext in those words? I’m imagining a very good read.

    Natalie Maynes pelts out her heart in “Not Ready To Make Nice.” What a gorgeous piece of music. Here’s the end of the part where she’s pelting it out…

    "And how in the world can the words that I said send somebody so over the edge
    that they’d write me a letter saying that I better shut up and sing or my life will be over?"

    Her words offended people. They responded by trashing Dixie Chicks CD’s. One of them wrote a letter, threatening Natalie’s life. Your definition of “polite” --do you feel that artists should withhold all their words, for the sake of politeness? I don't think they could have written all those songs had they apologized to the president.

    “Earl walked through that restraining order” so “That Earl had to die.”

  2. my computer is acting up today... those are rhetorical questions. ;-)

  3. habituatedbuddhist

    Frankly, I'm sorta over the whole "<letter> word" phenomena. The idea that a word is so offensive that not only should it not itself be used, but it can not even be referenced directly. These are words that "can never be spoken".

    I actually find that attitude toward language very unsettling.

  4. Aye, forbidden specific words are an unsettling notion. Even the notion of particular ideas not being right to voice is troubling. My current thinking is that, rather than obscene language, only actions can truly be obscene.

    It's like that old cliche of vietnam war films; that we train men to drop naplam on civilians - but don't allow them to write rude words on their planes because that would be obscene.

  5. I don't think any words or ideas are so "offensive" or "dangerous" that they should be forbidden. Especially with the ludicrous "offense is in the eye of the beholder" attitude these days. When I hear someone claim they are offended and demanding words be outlawed or that apologies should be forthcoming I can't help but wonder how emotionally fragile such people are.

  6. The original poster is of the misguided opinion that it is the word that is evil, rather than the use to which it is put.
    I confess it took me a little while to figure out what he meant by the R**** word. Until I realised that it was retard or retarded.
    His reluctance to commit to the use of the word I found ridiculous.
    There are many words that tend to be proscribed; Nigger, cunt, wanker, muther fucker etc.. But surely it is not the very existence of those words that is evil, but the intentions of those that use them. It has to be possible to mention such words if only to say how poorly advised their use is.

  7. necrotichijinks

    I happen to like evil. We need more of it in our blogs, not less.

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