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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Whoopie's Culture Needs Revision

Ahhh, it's been a while, my friends. I've been busy and unmotivated and enjoying a break from blogging which may continue or may not, depending on how I feel, but I had to drop a quick note on a short article I saw today.

Most anyone who doesn't live in a cave on Venus knows who Michael Vick is and for what he's going to (likely) go to jail. Well, most anyone who has a brain realizes that dog fighting (or just plain old, garden variety dog murder) is a cruel and heartless thing to do and those who engage in such activities are no better than those college shitheads who occasionally torture and throw out fifth-story windows a kitten or some such other small animal. For these people I have no concern and a fitting punishment (in my opinion) I shall describe below.

Most people also know Whoopie Goldberg. She's a funny woman, an actress, and an activist for the homeless via her longtime charity, Comic Relief. She's also fitting right in at her new job on The View as the one who spouts uninformed opinions to her generally uninformed cohorts. Now, I can't stand that show because the "arguments" are normally surface-level, fatuous, and non-thought-out and to listen just makes me want to slit my eardrums with a fucking chopstick (no offense, ladies, but The View is painful to attempt to sit through).

So, in that vein, I give you Whoopie's comments on Michael Vick's dogfighting conviction:
He's from the South, from the Deep South ... This is part of his cultural upbringing...For a lot of people, dogs are sport...Instead of just saying (Vick) is a beast and he's a monster, this is a kid who comes from a culture where this is not questioned.
Great. Don't we hear this argument from proponents of female genital mutilation? "Well, they come from a place where this is part of their cultural upbringing - pass me the broken Coke bottle, would you please?"

You know, there are some things that I just thing are universal: You don't kill animals for fun. You don't cut up the genitals of children because you belong to a goddamn cult. If you thing the aforementioned two things are "ok" within certain "cultural" settings, you keep your fucking mouth shut because you should know you're going to sound like a retard to the general public. Obviously, what I believed was "universal" is not.

To her credit, Joy Behar jumped on Whoopie right off the bat and essentially told her that she was crazy. For that show, Behar is the shining light and the only one who seems to have a clue about the actual goings on outside of her cranium. For the rest, it was another sad day of intellectual pain and anguish thrown like chum on the already gut-soaked audience of that pitiful show.

And now, it's breakfast time!

5 Barbaric Yawps:

At 5/9/07 1:04 pm, Blogger Adam H, said...

"Well, they come from a place where this is part of their cultural upbringing - pass me the broken Coke bottle, would you please?

well put!

 
At 6/9/07 4:37 am, Anonymous fron Barcelona said...

break from blogging which may continue or may not, depending on how I feel

Fuck! Go on please, go oooon!

:]

 
At 6/9/07 10:49 pm, Anonymous Melissa G said...

The assertion that there is some kind of "culture of dogfighting" in the Deep South is utter bullshit. Might as well say there's a culture of dogfighting in Michigan. It is illegal and horrifying here in the Deep South, and as a resident with many generations of family raised here, I have no patience for actresses who talk about the Deep South like it's a third-world country.

But, um, the third world can have Texas. ;-)

 
At 9/9/07 10:01 am, Blogger tina said...

Ha! I agree!

 
At 5/12/07 5:19 am, Anonymous Lineswine said...

"He's from the South, from the Deep South ... This is part of his cultural upbringing..."

So was slavery. Does that mean slavery is actually OK?

 

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