It takes a lot to offend me, I can tolerate most things. Even my irritation at political hypocrisy is an affectation, exaggerated for comic effect. But something I saw of Facebook today really totally pissed me off. It was this:
“What offended Ian about this?” you might well ask.
Good question. Homosexuals don’t offend me (though whining does) Homophobia does not offend me (though bullying does.)
Even the inaccuracy of the stated numbrer of species does not bother me. Including hermaphrodites and species of insects and fish that change sex at some time in their development is blatant cheating but hey, these are Californian queers were dealing with – whatever brain they might once have had was mashed by acid and coke before they were out of their teens.
No, what offended me is the dumping of a prejudice held by a very small minority (American evagelical Christians) on the whole of humanity. AND FROM THAT the assumption that everywhere in the world is like America, a bifurcated society where on every issue people crowd towards two extremes and there is a great big void in the middle where sensible, reasonable people should be AND THEN the usurpation by the creator of this poster of my right to decide for myself what I think about homophobia. (I think it’s irrational – Irrational fear of the same thing? How does that work? I don’t know if the cupid stunt who created the poster is gay or was just sucking up to gays for the sake of selling posters, but he’s not educated enough to know what homophobia really means)
I respect the right of gays and lesbians to be who they are, I respect the right of people to dislike homosexuals and lesbians just as I respect their right to dislike pea soup. I hate pea soup. And bananas, because they make me throw up. I like Banana the poet though, she’s fun. Other people hate meat or beer or yoghurt or opera or Boggart Blog. Fine, so long as they don’t insist I agree.
People are different, that’s what is great about humanity. Dogs and cats and horses are different too, and sheep possibly, though I don’t think about sheep much except in a of mint sauce related context. Socety works well whenpeopkle are given rioom to be different. Start to impose standard ways of thinking on everyone and you have Naziism.
I must conclude however by saying I am so fed up of being told what I must and must not think when I visit American web sites, America is edging towards the same box as Pea Soup and bananas. And Facebook where I saw the offending item was always there, right down at the bottom with rotten tomatoes and pigeon poo. Pity I need the links for traffic.