An internet junkie’s ramblings


This is just a place for me to rant about politics, society, technology, or whatever else strikes a nerve.
Don't try this at home.

I’ve been trying to avoid this whole Don Imus story because it’s simply ridiculous. I’ve been following the story all along and the two sides seem to be either burn him at the stake or point the finger back and complain about black people using the same language. What ever happened to free speech in this country? If you don’t like what someone has to say, don’t listen. It’s your right to ignore someone as much as it’s their right to say anything.

The problem these days are self-important bloggers trying to change the world and the media circus that ensues for even the tiniest issues. Everyone has to have the latest story and then the news outlets compete to find more useless information or get bigger and better interviews on the subject. The fact is that the vast majority of people complaining about Imus had never heard of him or his show before they were told about his “insensitive remarks.”

That’s actually what inspired me to write this post. Yesterday, I read Condi Rice’s comments and thought, of all people, she was in the best position to say “he has the right to say whatever he wants in America.” Did she? Of course not. She said his off-the-cuff comment was “disgusting” and offensive to all young black women. So what if they were? You’re in a top position of the federal government. It is your duty to stand up for the Constitution no matter what your personal opinions are.

Remember when Eminem was being attacked from all sides for his “anti-gay” lyrics? GLAAD and other gay rights groups were furious. They solicited gay celebrities to join their fight, and what happened? Both Elton John and Melissa Etheridge publicly said that Eminem was free to say whatever he wanted and they supported him completely. Are there no black females that believe in the freedom of speech? Is the previous statement considered insensitive too?

This comic sums up my opinion quite well.

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