Making progress on the distance and pace, I am. But where the hell have I been? Life keeps getting in the way but if you’re serious about something you’ll bend life to your will. Today life was bent. Tomorrow may be difficult because I have early morning places to be but Monday will have no excuses.
As I was walking today I was thinking about how as a culture we’ve lost any sense of proportionality. Thanks, internet. A few examples that come to mind are Ariana Grande and Nurse-gate on The View. Ariana Grande got busted for licking a donut and saying that she hates Americans. The former is gross, the latter is something I think to myself on a daily basis when I read Facebook comments. She just got caught expressing that thought, and it was off to the races. My wife was telling me about something she read where somebody said about Ariana (paraphrasing, of course): “If she sucks dick like she licked that donut it’s no wonder her boyfriend left her.” This was a public comment. My beef with it is that it’s just not that funny. It’s an R-rated Jay Leno joke. We can do better than that. Anyway…of course there was a backlash and Grande has been in hiding ever since, so to speak.
Last week those nattering broads on the View stirred up some outrage when one of them made a weak joke about a nurse wearing a doctor’s stethoscope. First off, again, it’s not that funny. Second, I’m not enjoying that I’m defending the women on the View. It’s a horrible show and I’ve watched it a few times, and I can’t get through an episode. There’s nothing wrong with that though. My tastes shouldn’t be a barometer for what is acceptable to watch and if I don’t like something I won’t watch it. It’s that simple. Those dingbats on the View are bound to say stupid things and of course people are going to react to it. It just makes me wonder if it’s that what was said was so upsetting, or that we love our faux outrage so much that we have it on queue.
Another example: Chick-fil-A. You remember them: average chicken sandwiches, great waffle fries and shakes. Closed on Sunday, donates to some questionable (to me) charities. I get that people don’t want to spend money in an establishment when the profits are going to people they disagree with. I feel the same…for the most part. That’s one of the reasons I don’t go there. The other reasons, and the most convenient ones, are that it seems like the only time I see a Chick-fil-A is on a Sunday and I’m not crazy about their food. That makes a boycott a lot easier, when it doesn’t inconvenience me in any way.
That said, I’m not waving signs or rallying like-minded people on Facebook or being an attention-whore about it. I’m not trying to lord my assumed moral superiority over others in an attempt to guilt them into feeling the same way. It’s just how I feel about the issue and if you agree with me, great. If not, we can still talk and be friends, although I will harbor a reservation about you. If you go to Chick fil A I won’t judge you. However, if you decide to stage a rally outside of a Chick-fil-A to protest them, or if you make a big deal out of going there because you think gay marriage is horrible, then yeah, I’ll judge you. That makes you at least a little bit of an asshole, and my threshold for assholes is right at my level of asshole-ery.
I’m just tired of the perpetual outrage machine. It’s ridiculous and completely lacks proportionality. If you followed me around all day with a camera you’d find at least 18 stupid things I did every day, and that’s a conservative estimate. Folks would be calling for me to be fired and to…I dunno, never hold public office or even be in public. It’s not because I’m an asshole, though. I’m not, really, well at least not that much. However, if you catch me at the right moments I’ll look like one.
Point is, we’re all assholes. We’re all also good people. We’re a lot of things, many of them contradictory. Save your outrage for things that really deserve it, like Dick Cheney. He’s a horrible person and no amount of outrage about him would be out of proportion. Ariana Grande and the nitwits on the View are no Dick Cheney. Neither is Chick-fil-A.