I just finished a 300-hour argument about the “Chink in the Armor” guy and I left it more confused than when I went in.
I said he shouldn’t have been fired and I didn’t even get into the fact that he did it by accident. It’s a well-known colloquialism and even if he meant it to be snarky, it’s the English language being used correctly.
The guy I was fighting with is a news editor and he wasn’t concerned with intent either. He said he would have fired the guy for being negligent and causing a whole lot of headaches for everyone he worked with. “He should have been aware it would be problematic,” my friend said, “that’s part of his job.”
I argued that firing the guy empowers the PC lunatics and makes us all second-guess ourselves. Now we’re living in a culture of fear. It’s like a milder form of living under the Taliban. I say we avoid appeasing both groups of anti-Western extremists.
However, during the course of the debate, we started wondering if there was ever a time when someone should be fired for being offensive. What if someone used the word “niggardly” in an Obama headline? I think the answer is “yes.” They have to be fired for sabotaging your newspaper but how do you prove that, conduct a CAT scan? As Ezra Levant put it, “It’s none of your business what my intention was.”
So, without further To Do. I’d like to present 15 offensive things and we can all decide together what the punishment should be.
1- EZRA LEVANT PUBLISHING THE MOHAMMED CARTOONS
This whole controversy made Levant the champion of the whole, “None of your business” movement. To get into intent is to get into people’s heads and nobody, least of all the government, has the right to do that.
Intent: To showcase the whole “intent” debate.
Punishment: He had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
What should have happened: The Canadian HRC should have gone to the Taliban and apologized for Levant in person.
2- NATO BURNING KORANS BY ACCIDENT
Last week, NATO personnel were burning a bunch of incendiary propaganda and accidentally included some Korans. Afghan rage was ignited by the fire (see what I did there?)
Punishment: Obama wrote a letter to the Afghan president assuring him those responsible will be “held accountable.”
What should have happened: Those responsible should have been burnt on the wrist with the head of a match.
3- CNN COMMENTATOR SAYS “SMACK THE ISH” OUT OF BECKHAM FANS
Not only is this just a joke, it’s a fucking Tweet! GLAAD got mad.
Intent: To make fun of soccer.
Punishment: Forced to apologize but was still suspended.
What should have happened: No ReTweets.
4- FOX SPORTS COLUMNIST MAKES ASIAN PENIS JOKE
Five days after Roland Martin’s suspension, Whitlock made this comment. Even those who have his back said it was a lame joke and used the word “lazy” a lot. I actually think it’s a pretty good joke and if was said in a bar, I guarantee a lot of people would have laughed. I mean, it’s not Oscar Wilde but it ain’t Garfield.
Intent: To make a juvenile joke.
Punishment: Forced to apologize.
What should have happened: He should have to Tweet a picture of his dick.
5- EPSN EDITOR USES “CHINK” IN A LIN HEADLINE
This is the thing that got me arguing about the whole topic for three days. Nobody seems to believe he didn’t know what he was doing. He claims he didn’t think of it and he’s used the headline a million times before. He also says he’s the least racist person on earth.
Intent: Who cares?
Punishment: Apologized his ass off and lost his job anyway.
What should have happened: Him and the first person who noticed should have had a good laugh about the whole thing. The fact that everyone made it into an issue actually made it racist. Now every kid who asks his dad what happened will learn the word Chink. Way to go.
6- SARAH SILVERMAN GETS IN SHIT FOR SAYING “I LOVE CHINKS”
She was making a really good joke about getting out of jury duty and the Media Action Network for Asian Americans went bananas. In a very telling gesture that gives away their true agenda, the head of the MANAA said comedians should have to consult his group before making jokes like this. She laughed in his face.
Intent: Silverman has always said her job as a comedian is to make jokes as funny as possible. To worry about how they may be interpreted muddles up the process.
Punishment: Apologies were demanded but Sarah refused.
What should have happened: Whoever heard the joke should have laughed and said, “Good one.”
7- BRETT RATNER SAYS “REHEARSALS ARE FOR FAGS”
Here’s something, if you’re born that way and you tend to speak in a slightly effeminate manner, you would need more rehearsals to speak normal. So, yeah, he was right.
Intent: He was kidding.
Punishment: He apologized again and again to GLAAD and all they did was demand more shaming. He had to drop out of producing the Oscars and that led to Eddie Murphy dropping out too (he had his own gay controversy a couple of decades before and his reaction was, “There’s nothin’ like having a nation of fags looking for you”). The quote still happened but now GLAAD and the word “fags” are more powerful than ever before.
What should have happened: Ratner should said, “You’re kidding, right?”
8- RICK SANTORUM’S CAMPAIGN DID A WET MUD AD
We all know what Dan Savage made Santorum into, right? So, when Rick’s campaign did a commercial with him covered in mud it appeared to be a level of negligence worthy of a pink slip, no? My buddy would say yes because it led to endless ridicule but I’m inclined to say no.
Intent: To make Rick Santorum the next president of the United States.
Punishment: Nothing. Santorum “Approved this message” so who’s to blame?
What should have happened: The guy who did this deserves the loudest “DUDE!” from his boss that has ever been duded.
9- THIS AD
Here’s a perfect example of what my debate opponent would say deserves a firing. He doesn’t care if someone was trying to sabotage their company or was just fatal naïvete. I disagree. Just because we all have disgusting brains doesn’t mean ads have to take that into consideration. Another important thing to consider about this ad is that it’s a hoax. Breyers never pubished such an ad.
Intent: To fuck with our minds.
What should have happened: Say this was real, the second you punish this guy, you’ve sexualized a young girl. That’s the whole problem with this punishing accidents thing. You make us all second-guess ourselves. It’s like Bill Burr says about pedophiles. We’re so scared of being accused of inappropriate behavior, we just stay the fuck away from kids.
10- THE LITTLE MERMAID PENIS
The interesting thing about this story is nobody, including the guy who drew it, seems to know if it was on purpose or not. He was drawing phallic towers until 4 in the morning and later realized he had overdone the penisness of some of them.
Intent: To sort of draw a penis.
Punishment: They made subsequent versions less penisy.
What should have happened: He should come out of the closet and embrace his sexuality.
11- TITS IN THE RESCUERS
There are about a dozen more examples of disgruntled Disney artists sneaking sexual imagery in cartoons. Putting porn in kid’s movies is definitely grounds for dismissal but what if you can’t prove it? And what if nobody notices it? They added two frames of a nude lady in The Rescuers and the guy was fired but he cost his employers millions of dollars because they had to recall the entire first run.
Intent: Havin’ a laugh.
What should have happened: His gaffe cost way more than his salary, sorry, they were right. But that’s the price you pay as a prankster. When we threw snowballs at cars when we were kids we were well aware a grown up could come out and beat our ass. That’s why it was fun.
12- SEX IN THE LION KING
At first glance, this doesn’t seem to be a big deal but if I was the guy’s boss I’d say, “What the fuck are you doing? I’m employing you and you’re trying to get me sued by putting sex in children’s movies?”
Intent: Probably fucking with his boss.
What should have happened: If this guy confessed, he’s obviously fucked in the head and should be fired. If he insisted it was a mistake, then they should let it go but keep a close eye on the guy. Shit there I go again, talking about intent, trying to get into his mind. What would Ezra Levant say?
13- ENGLISH COMEDIAN SAID BRAVEHEART FUCKED CHILDREN
At about 4:35 Stewart Lee points out that Isabella, the French princess William Wallace impregnates in Braveheart was 4 at the time. Now, Glaswegians haven’t succumb to the PC Taliban-style
diligance diligence that dominates American culture so instead of stabbing him with a rapier, they laugh their fucking heads off.
Intent: To make people laugh by being offensive.
Punishment: Two people were grumpy.
What should have happened: Those two grumpy guys should calm the fuck doon.
14- SOUTH PARK DEPICTED MUHAMMED
Matt Stone and Trey Parker are responsible for a cartoon that featured Muhammad in a bear costume.
Intent: To make people laugh by being offensive.
Punishment: Extremists tried to have them killed.
What should have happened: Maybe Muslims could update some of their stupid gay rules. The Taliban doesn’t even allow stuffed animals.
15- KIDS USED A COUGAR AS A MASCOT
That’s right. High School kids in Utah dared to use a Cougar as a mascot just because their team was called the Cougars. Can you believe that shit?
Intent: To play a game and have fun.
Punishment: The mascot was deemed offensive to women, so they had to change their name to The Chargers.
What should have happened: All cougars should be hunted into extinction for mocking spinsters. Wait, I thought it was an empowering word. Looks like someone’s bluff got called.
Anyway, the editors at Takimag helped assemble my rambling into one decisive opinion but it’s a little misleading as I keep going back and forth on the whole thing. See the original article here.
What do you think? Should the “Chink in the armor” guy have been fired? Is intent possible to ascertain?