It started as a joke. I was frankly getting a bit annoyed at the very small number of responses to what I thought were some pretty enticing posts lately, and so, when I was going to post a sort of personal update for a bunch of things that happened over the weekend, I decided to lead in a with a misleading 'click-bait' title just to fuck with everyone. The title I came up with was "Joe Biden is a Pedophile", and as I usually do, I figured, 'let me search some images and see if I can put a photo to go along with the title before I go into the actual post'. I had NO intention of writing anything political in the post itself. Nothing about Biden, nothing about Trump, just personal updates. The joke was going to be that the outrageous title would have zero to do with the post's content.
But with one quick search, the joke was on me! There were SO MANY memes and images of Biden being portrayed AS an actual pedophile, that I was flabbergasted! The first I saw, (which already has become difficult to find) was a shot of him kissing a terrified flutist at some game. I did manage to find a small shot of it, but like I said, the main one, which was everywhere earlier, is now a needle in a haystack:
But as I kept looking I found more and more images of him kissing kids, then men, then you name it:
And as you can see, it's all the same pose......taken from this actual shot:
And which someone quickly altered to this variation:
And so, with this little life lesson I decided to change my post from its original update format to one of socio-political observation, since recently I found myself in an exchange where I was accused of having a nasty streak. Now, that bothered me. I was born with a nasty streak..........but I've spent decades widening it into a four-lane highway. To still be accused of possessing merely a 'streak' makes me feel like all that work was for nothing. But until this Biden-barrage I was just going to let it go.
"Nasty" is a lot like shit (maybe that's why 'nasty shit' is such a common coupling?) because everyone appreciates when shit is going out, but no one likes it when it heads back towards them. Similarly nasty nowadays only seems unappreciated by those on the receiving end of it, but not so much if it's being utilized by that person.
As readers here know, my main source of wry amusement comes not from clever wit in others, (that's #2), but real life hypocrisy. That's humor you can't put a price on. And there's nothing more amusing than hurt feelings remarks coming from a staunch conservative. (keep in mind, I am a 'fiscal' conservative and social liberal, making me that odd thing rarely seen today: a moderate. If you're not familiar with that word, it means "someone who thinks rather than follows".)
But when you see the nastiness of conservative memes and couple that with their assertion that anyone who'd be offended by them are "snowflakes", how can you not LOVE when a cutting remark lands exactly as intended, only to be labeled as "nasty"? Imagine the mindset it must take for someone who loves the style, policies, and words emanating from their hero, Trump, behave as if 'nasty' is even a thing anymore. (But of course, even he has routinely accused others of being nasty, so maybe it's part of the tribal order?) LOL
You can't falsely equate the opposing side with extreme negative stereotypes on an hourly basis and then expect that 'nasty' is only a tool for red or blue toolboxes. Everyone can use it. And it's very much like a hammer, or very good screw gun.....perhaps not good for every situation, but a fairly reliable 'go to' in many.
So, if you hate PC, culture, and have managed to make it through the last few years, no matter whether you consider yourself left, right, or intelligent, LOL....please get used to the idea that there is just no longer an actual meaningful definition for "nasty". At least not by its old connotations. "Nasty" in 2020 is merely another adjective meaning "normal". ;-)