Saturday, January 27, 2007

Sticks and Stones and SLIRBs

Okay, so first Mel Gibson, a Catholic, makes anti-semitic remarks that anger the Jewish community. Then Michael Richards, a Jew, uses the word "nigger" and enrages the black community. Then Isaiah Washington, a black guy, calls someone a faggot and enrages the gay community.

So the way I see it, it's now up to someone in the gay community to make a bigoted or racist remark about a member of some other minority community, just to keep the ball rolling. If we're lucky, he'll say something bad about the Catholics and the circle will be complete.

By the way, as a result of their remarks, Mel Gibson, Michael Richards, and Isaiah Washington each underwent some sort of counseling. I don't know what kind of counseling they got, but I doubt if it will do any good. Making bigoted remarks is a sign of insensitivity, prejudice, rudeness, ignorance, and general lack of character, but I don't know if there's any treatment for that.

On the other hand, I don't know why people are so inclined to make such a big deal about all this. When I was a kid, there was a saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." I don't know if anyone besides me believes that anymore.

To be honest, I was more offended by all the half-hearted apologies these guys made than I was by their initial remarks. At least the initial remarks came from the heart, whereas the apologies probably came from a publicist or manager or agent.

As a matter of fact, the one ray of light in the recent Shilpa Shetty incident was that, as far as I know, none of the women who made racist remarks about her has since apologized or recanted. I have to admire that. They're standing by their principles, misguided though they may be. By refusing to apologize, they're basically saying, "Yeah, I know I'm a stupid little ignorant racist bitch, but that's just what I am." At least they're being honest.