When I look around, I see a world full of adults with toddler mentalities. Both believe their needs and wants are top priority, they feel they’re always right and their opinions are all that matter. These people go around acting like close minded, entitled, self-absorbed, arrogant brats.
It’s getting worse, and honestly, I’m realizing liberals are every bit as guilty as conservatives. There’s a lack of respect for other beliefs, opinions and feelings. It’s gotten so bad, if ideas offend, people aren’t content to bitch about the incident and let it go. Instead, they have to push for something unreasonable.
Remember when I ripped into One Million Moms for this? Changing the channel or boycotting a show isn’t enough for them. Instead, they demand the “offensive shows” be removed from the air so no one can watch them.
For many, sharing on social media, by word of mouth, even a blog post telling as many people as possible about the situation, doesn’t satisfy. Writing a letter to the offending company to express displeasure, or even boycotting the company or show, isn’t enough. No, the people I’m talking about are petitioning for the offenders to actually get fired from their jobs.
Earlier this week I wrote about George Will showing his douchebag side by saying “sexual assault is a coveted status.” Many people who found his statements offensive shared the article with others and used their voice to speak out. Some people have vowed to never read his articles again, while others are boycotting The Washington Post for publishing the article in the first place. That’s where things used to stop. Say your peace, make others aware, and boycott if necessary.
Two groups, NOW and Ultraviolet, along with many individuals, are demanding George Will be fired. Ultraviolet says they’ve received 87,000 signatures on their petition. George Will is an opinion writer. His opinion may be twisted or offensive, but he’s both entitled to his opinion and entitle to share it.
I’m (obviously) not a fan of his opinion either, but who the hell are we to demand he be fired? We all have freedom of speech, so why are we trying to silence opposing views? If you don’t respect him or his ideologies, don’t read them. If his readership were to substantially drop, The Washington Post may decide to fire him - but that would be a numbers decision, not because a bunch of prima donnas threw a temper tantrum and signed a petition.
George Will isn’t an isolated incident. There was a petition to the White House to cancel Jimmy Kimmel Live over an offensive bit he did about killing everyone in China. That petition received over 105,000 signatures. Even after both he and ABC apologized, people were still picketing, still demanding he be fired. He’s a comedian. Often times comedians go to extremes for a laugh. Should he lose his job for a segment that many felt was in poor taste?
Believe me, I’m all for calling people out on bullshit. If a company offends me or I don’t agree with their practices, I’ll boycott them in a flat second. I’m quick to write a letter to let them know, too. I don’t expect someone to get fired. My hope in doing that is that my voice, along with many others, will be heard and changes will be made. Idealistic, right?
Over 17,000 people found Pat Sajak’s tweet so horrible they petitioned for him to be fired. The tweet was “I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends. Good night.”
He’s a game show host who doesn’t express his beliefs on Wheel of Fortune. Whether we agree or disagree with him is a non-issue. He’s still entitled to express his views. If fans of the show are upset, they don’t have to watch his show. Demanding he be fired is an extreme overreaction.
That takes me back to the toddler mentality. Petitioning for someone to be fired because some people take offense is arrogant. When did people start feeling so entitled that they could demand a business fire one of their employees? When did they decide that their own opinions were the only ones that should be heard? Those adults need to grow up and let everyone express their views, without fear that a bunch of pretentious crybabies will be calling for them to lose their livelihood because some were offended.