Law of the Playground

See, this is exactly the kind of thing I was talking about before. I quoted Ann Coulter when I posted earlier about Chris Matthews. Now, Ann’s at it again with another prime example of what she, Matthews and others have been getting away with for far too long. She thinks it would be a real hoot to poison a Supreme Court justice.

Coulter had told the Philander Smith College audience Thursday that more conservative justices were needed on the Supreme Court to change the current law on abortion.

Stevens is one of the court’s most liberal members.

“We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens’ creme brulee,” Coulter said. “That’s just a joke, for you in the media.”

 Ya gotta admit, the creme brulee bit was a nice touch, basically calling Steven’s a “faggot” without saying so specifically. (Truth be known, that reference might have made more sense directed at Souter, but he was appointed by a Republican, so….) And couching it in a joke might make it easier to portray any outraged response as coming from a bunch of humorless alarmists.

But ask yourself this. If some liberal had stood in front of a mike and suggested someone do the same to, say, justices Thomas or Scalia what would have been the response? Sure the creme brulee bit would have to go (because “real men” like Thomas and Scalia don’t eat the stuff, of course), but chances are the joke would go over flat anway.

We simply wouldn’t get away with it? So, why do they?

Because we let them, and that’s what has to stop. How? Well, Matthews told a fag joke of his own recently. Now his advertisers are feeling the heat.

We’re getting emails from readers who are saying that Verizon and Toyota are calling people back after they complain on this matter. This is meaningful. It means that these companies have pushed this matter up the executive chain and are formulating responses. In less than 48 hours, this is a big deal. Intuit is also very clearly aware of the matter.

Read the rest of the post, and follow their advice on contacting local stores and dealers and tell them to express their concern to the home office.

I remember reading a study about schoolyard bullying once. It said that bullies get away with what they do because the rest of the kids stand and watch, and even join in because it appears to be accepted behavior.  But the essential point was that in many situations, it only took one individual to say “no” and stand up to the bully. He/she would be joined by a few more, and next thing ya know the law of the playground had changed.

Just saying, there’s a lesson here.

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6 Responses to Law of the Playground

  1. trey says:

    You know, what they said was disgusting, but I haven’t heard much about the Golden Globes ‘joke’ by Dennis Quaid calling it a movie whose theme rhymed with ‘chick flick’.

    rude and crass, thankfully the crowd did not laugh or think it was funny. I suspect DQ isn’t homophobic, but still, I hope that someone is calling him on that crassness.

  2. John says:

    John Paul Steven was nominated by a Republican, too.

  3. Terrance says:

    Well, he must be a disappointment to the wingnuts, a’la Souter.

  4. Pug says:

    The man is on the Court. You know, I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease. Well, that’s how I feel. He is an absolutely reprehensible person."
    USA Today columnist and Pacifica Radio talk show host Julianne Malveaux on Justice Clarence Thomas, November 4, 1994 PBS To the Contrary. 

    Sean Hannity, Michelle Malkin and all the rest were, of course, outraged by this statement by Dr. Julianne Malveaux.

    My outrage-o-meter is really starting to run down.  One side says something totally stupid and hateful and the other side is outraged.  Then, the other side says something totally stupid and hateful and the other other side is outraged.

    I’m really kind of tired of the cycle.  Ann Coulter is a disgusting human being, no doubt.  Her father really should have done something about that mouth of hers when she was young because he may have been able to prevent her from growing up to be a hateful, lonely shrew.  It’s pretty obvious why she is still single past the age of 40,  Certainly no decent man would put up with that mouth.  You’d be a laughingstock amongst  your friends if your wife talked like that.

  5. The Heretik says:

    Ah, the secret meaning of "creme brulee" explained at last. Linked you on this, T.  Keep up the fine work.

  6. Julia says:

    The schoolyard bullying analogy was on target.  But you missed one point.  One of the reasons kids stand around and allow it or even join in is fear.

    They are afraid they will be the next target.  If the bully is focused on someone else, we are all safe.

    I think this applies here.

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