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In case you missed it, Dolce and Gabbana got into trouble recently for airing some controversial views about gay couples and children.
Okay, fine, big deal.
Well, apparently it was! Worthy of boycotts and ceremonial burning of D&G clothing in the street!
This is another instance of disturbingly familiar behaviour, which has seen many people (usually women) subjected to horrific abuse and even death threats!
Whatever happened to a simple “I disagree with you” or “Oh? Why do you think that?” This isn’t even something new; how many times has this happened? How many times have talking heads said “it’s terrible, people shouldn’t behave like that”? Yet it happens and keeps happening, again and again. It just makes me want to scream!
What makes this situation doubly-bad, is that you have very famous people, individuals who are role models to many, behaving in this way, setting a bad example to the majority. Stupid people saying stupid things, in a stupid way, enabled and egged-on by a stupid media catering to a stupid audience.
Stupidity all round.
Wouldn’t it be nice if, instead of the he-says-she-says bullshit we normally get, we had sensible discussion and informed debate? I guess it must just be TooHard™.
For the record, I disagree with D&G about gay couples; a heterosexual couples are just as likely to screw-up a child as gay couple, as is a single parent. I do have concerns at what could be called the “commoditisation” of children, but that’s something that applies to hetro and gay families as equally as it does natural and IVF conception.
There’s a general election coming. Joy.
The first casualty of
warelectioneering is innocencethe truth.
In the news today was Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP. Allegedly, he “wants to scrap race discrimination laws”. Nigel says “I didn’t say that, I said…”
You know, I don’t like UKIP. Like many I think that, on the whole, they’re “closet racists”, but what I dislike even more is being lied to. Sadly, when I heard this headline, even before I heard Nigel’s side of the story, I didn’t believe it. I didn’t believe it, because ever since UKIP rose to prominence two years ago, there has been a constant stream of negative press directed at UKIP, much of which, if you’re willing to keep an open mind and look for the truth is twisted representations or wilful misinterpretations of reality.
I don’t like the fact that, in these reports, they don’t play the actual footage, so I can make up my own mind. No, what they do, is feed me a line. Not the same line mind, because it changes slightly with every report. No, they feed me a particular line that really paints UKIP in a bad light, but they deny me access to the truth.
Sometimes, I just want to put my head through a wall.
Let me say it again, in case you missed it the first time: my first reaction was disbelief. That’s right, I no longer believe what I’m told “by the media.”
Shock! Horror! I don’t just accept what I’m told without question! Who’d have thought it, huh? We live in a country where as many as 25% of people don’t believe that man has landed on the moon, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary!
It’s a common refrain, that “the media are to blame” for the state of politics today. I don’t believe that – I think that politics is in the state it is because of the politicians we have – but I do believe that the media has contributed to the conditions in which politicians operate.
Like many, I’m sick to death of constantly been talked at like I’m an idiot and being shovelled political and personal agendas as “news”. In the late 90’s, people complained that “piracy was killing album sales.” and yet, CD sales picked up after the turn of the millennium. Why? Because the music was JustBetter™. People are turning away from traditional media “because of changing technology”. Yeah. Tell it to my CD collection.