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Friday, June 1, 2018

Inexcusable!

........so please excuse me so I can get back to what I was doing.

And the saga continues. Now it's all about the "double-standard". Hysterical. I don't even want to get into the double-standard argument because it would go on for pages. Instead I want to focus on this:



"It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it,"

Let's think about that for a moment: "inexcusable." Hmmmmm.  To me something inexcusable is......well......inexcusable. So if you truly believe what you did was inexcusable, why are you seeking forgiveness?  Shut up, suck it up, take your lumps, and go away with your head bowed in shame. I mean if even YOU think you shouldn't be excused, then why expect us to? Unless.......?

I don't think Bee really believes what she said was inexcusable. I think she's just saying that word to appear contrite. It's a figure of speech only. Like everything today coming from all sides, it's posturing to a base to save oneself. And that's the only reason to apologize in 2018......to save yourself from a consequence. If you don't have any looming consequences or don't regard them as significant, you don't apologize. (see Trump and many on the right who never apologize for anything.) There is nothing at play here that suggests sincerity from anyone. In fact, Bee's initial remark was probably the most sincere thing out of her mouth.......it just offended some people and so she had to amend it to save her ass........which she seems to have done. (much to the chagrin of those screaming "double-standard".)

And before we claim this is all about Trump and started with him, we should admit that public name-calling is nothing new. Remember this?



Baiting and retaliation is an age-old tactic. Anger has a way of letting out the nastiness in all of us, and it seems that as a divided society, we are all pretty angry a lot of the time.

10 comments:

  1. You appear to be revealing your age by bringing to our attention "Vidal vs Buckley," as am I -- for having some remembrance of those days, circa 50 years ago. I rather enjoyed watching their erudite sparring, apart from the name calling. Thanks. I agree with your analysis in your posting.

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    1. ;-) Maybe I only know of the exchange through historical review? ;-)

      Thanks for posting. Please include a name in the body of your post next time.....even if it's a fake one. Thanks.

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  2. There seems to be an inverse relationship between the sincerity of the belief and the passion with which it is expressed. I don't believe Samantha Bee was sincere about the apology OR about the original (faux) outrage. Conversely, you have guys like Vidal and Buckley who genuinely believe what they are saying, express themselves in full sentences and lots of them, and never feel the need to apologize for anything.

    Though, in Buckley's case he did apologize years later for his early positions on civil rights and some of his harder right positions. You can see how much the political world has tilted to the extreme when you hear Trump supporters say they read Breitbart because National Review is "too liberal."

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    1. I linked the wrong video. Check this new one.

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  3. The sincerity of her apology coincides proportionally with reason why she thought it would be funny in the first place. It's easy to gets laughs from ill-informed, or uninformed people by using words like "cunt", because you know, it's so naughty. This whole episode has demented this person in the never-will-amount-to-much in there entertainment business category. What was her name again?

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    1. Spelling Bee? I don't recall. ;-)

      Still my point is that the insincere apology to save what's left of one's job or status is de rigueur today......not just for her, but for all of these people.

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  4. Crimson Kid (C.K.)June 3, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Well, I think it's possible to 'own' the sentiment yet regret how it was expressed, although in Samantha Bee's case she was intentionally creating a situation in which Donald Trump, his supporters and especially his media lackeys would demonstrate their hypocritical 'double standard,' which they almost immediately did.

    However, since I've denounced Trump's classless crudity and lack of basic human decency all along, I would feel hypocritical in not criticizing Samantha Bee for engaging in crude behavior myself, even while appreciating her for giving him (through his daughter) the same treatment which he happily dishes out to others--to the rabid cheers of his hard-core base.

    Also, to me there are different standards for (1) the U.S. president; (2) the star of a family-oriented, prime-time sitcom; and (3) a late-night TV comedienne.

    So Ms. Bee's "apology," while obviously of questionable sincerity as it strikes me, still should be enough to save her job... --C.K.

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    1. I would have to agree, CK.

      I am rethinking the issue of public speech and I will probably post something once I feel I am clear in my position.

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