25.2.13

Offensive

I have a mixture of feelings today. I'm not really in the mood to blog because of it but I am anyway because it's my blog and you can't stop me. My mood today is a mixture between sad, annoyed, and apathetic. is there a word for that? Sadanthetic? Whatever. 

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Everything I thought about ranting about today made me think 'someone will be offended and then they will kick off a rant and a hideous flame war will start and most of what I rant about I don't really care that much about anyway so why offend people, and who decides whose opinions are right? 

Who decides if a joke is 'OK'? is it funny? is it offensive?

Oh it's obvious you all cry offensive is easy, a pregnant nun fancy dress costume is offensive, a picture of a dog smoking a cigarette is offensive, a dead animal is offensive. And then others say "oh no it's not, the nun thing is pretty funny actually" and they make up a joke about beagles and nicotine patches ... and comedians tell us nothing is beyond humour, we should be able to laugh at anything, nothing should be truly 'offensive' it's just words and you can choose how to react

see I'm rambling, are you offended? offended that I'm not offended by what you are offended by? or offended that I am offended by something you deem funny?

Once I wrote a post about being offended, about being offended by breastfeeding in public. maybe jokes are like that? it's ok to be offended but you have to uphold the right of others to make an offensive joke? Is there a line? What do you think?

"free speech has long been recognised as a common law right in Britain, it also has a statutory basis in Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the "Convention"), which has been incorporated into UK law by the Human Rights Act 1998."

7 comments:

  1. Interesting post. Went through this last week with the Oscar Pistorious jokes. Realised I couldn't tell people not to make a joke about the murder of a young woman, but that I didn't have to look at them so removed a few people off my Twitter/FB list. Extreme? Perhaps. But I had the problem so it was up to me to act on it.

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    1. no I think that's the answer - respond by altering what you do - not expecting someone else to change (I'm not talking about threats or illegal hate speech obviously). I see some unfollowing in my future...

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    2. We used to be allowed our own opinion, now it seems we have to follow the opinion of the masses, but is the opinion of the masses the right opinion? Who decides that? Who decides the line? Eventually will we all be too scared to speak our mind?

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  2. Anonymous25/2/13

    I always refer people to the clip of comedian Steve Hughes and his standup "sketch" about being offended. For me he hits the nail on the head. Just search YouTube for Steve Hughes Offended and you'll find a video. Warning:it may offend you! ;) @diggle30

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  3. I'm not offended by almost anything today. I think I am too sadanthetic for that.

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  4. I get right on my high horse about people who say certain things offend them. I can understand things like child abuse, murder, animal cruelty, but when you say something or do something and someone cries on about it offending them. Like someone hanging the union jack flag from their house when their son is coming back from war, or having Santa Claus in your window at christmas. You know what I am meaning with this. The way I see it, is, whether it be a joke told, or some action you do, if you don't like it, move on and get on with your life. You don't have to spend time hanging around and moaning that it offends you. The way things are going these days, we will not be able to say anything. It will turn into a dictatorship where like some countries, if you say or do certain things you will get arrested, like maybes show a tiny bit too much flesh etc. I hope this makes sense.
    I personally get fed up with having to watch everything I say or do in case someone takes offence at it.

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  5. My thinking is that most people love to have an opinion on things so there is no point being offended about one persons thoughts because not everyone thinks the same #archiveday x

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