Double Standard?

Bad Side…LIVE! (November 24th, 2009)

NEW YORK – Adam Lambert’s racy American Music Awards performance cost him a gig on “Good Morning America,” but he will perform live instead on ABC’s morning rivals at CBS.

Lambert was to sing Wednesday on “GMA,” but the network said Tuesday it was canceling the openly gay singer because “we were concerned about airing a similar concert so early in the morning.”

While singing his new song, “For Your Entertainment,” at the awards program on Sunday, Lambert kissed a male keyboardist, fondled a dancer and had another dancer briefly stuff his face in Lambert’s crotch. The performance prompted many complaints to ABC, and the network cut out the brief oral sex simulation for its West Coast broadcasts.


My Response:

Hold up a second. Lets forget for a moment that Adam (as horrible an entertainer as he is) is gay. Lets look at him like an entertainer. A singer. So he gets censored and then as a result of that, gets booted from a morning talk show gig. Sounds like the PC Police are out in full force again and they have blinders on.

Here is what I mean. So, yeah, Adam chooses to be an inconsiderate role model (this was ABC during prime time) and he plants a kiss on some keyboarist. What’s the difference between that and Madonna kissing Britney? Hmmm? Here is something more interesting. Adam grabs some guys crotch and everyone gets uppity and calls this vulger and disgusting, yet in the opening act with janet Jackson, she does the very same thing, grabs some guys crotch and no one says boo?

WTF people?!

Hold on a second. I just thought of something. Is it “political correctness” or “social correctness” that we are seeking? Also, is there such a thing as “political correctness”? Politicians seldom if ever seem to get things right, the term seems to be oxy-moronic. Maybe I just created a new word that may be determined to be politically incorrect. For the time being I can’t think of a better word to use so I’m leaving it in there.

It used to be that you could say, “I keep you in my thoughts and prayers.” Now it is politically correct to say, “I keep you in my thoughts.” Apparently it is incorrect to pray for someone because it might be offensive.

I used to think that it wasn’t what you said but how you said it that made the difference. Now I think that it isn’t what you said but who said it that makes the difference.

Compare Rap music lyrics to the word choice of Don Imus and you’ll have a better understanding. There are double standards. Stevie Wonder can sing about being a “nappy headed little boy” but I can’t call Stevie Wonder a “nappy headed little boy”.

It has gotten to the point that if you have a point to make you might want to keep your ideas to yourself. Be aware of what you say and certainly how you say it, it might be considered inappropriate by others.

When I played basketball in high school I played on the boys team. Do young African-American males play on the boys team or is it that politically incorrect to say? I don’t know. I used to think…I know what to say but I don’t know how to say it anymore for fear of upsetting somebody. Maybe I’ll just keep my mouth shut and my fingers off of the keyboard. But, if I do that this “political correctness” stuff is going to perpetuate itself. Pretty soon we might be living in a world of silence because everybody is afraid to say anything out of the fear that it might be offensive. Now I think, screw what you think, I am going to say what I mean.

The N.A.A.C.P. (The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is a well-founded organization yet you can’t refer to a person as being colored. The term colored is offensive and racial in nature. You can have red hair, blue eyes or yellow teeth but skin color is different.

I didn’t know it until this week but according to the Reverend Al Sharpton the word “lynch” is a specific racial term. I wonder how Merrill feels about that. I looked it up in various dictionaries and did not find any definition applying the word to any specific race. Maybe Al is just a little sensitive, I don’t know. Unfortunately, the lady who used the word “lynch” was suspended from her job for two weeks due in part to the insistence of Al Sharpton, actually he wanted her fired. I can only assume that the executives of the Golf Channel were afraid that to do otherwise might further incense the Reverend Al Sharpton. At any rate a lady who meant nothing offensive by her comments is temporarily out of work because of her word choice. Like I said earlier it isn’t what you say but who says it.

The English language seems to change daily. New words come and old words remain but are less popular due to political correctness. Who really knows what is safe and not so safe today. Words that were perfectly acceptable in the past are now deemed to be discriminatory or inappropriate.

Does changing the “flavor of the day” word really change anything? Is there any difference between a secretary and an administrative assistant? Do custodial engineers clean better than janitors?

How can it be politically incorrect to tell a lady (girl? female? woman?) at your place of employment that her hair looks nice? Because it may be construed as sexual in nature and be held against both you and your employer. Yet you can tell the same lady (girl? female? woman?) that her hair looks nice at a club and it is a compliment? What is the poor bartender that works at the club supposed to say to a lady (girl? female? woman?) co-worker (or is it associate?) when he thinks her hair looks nice. Maybe he should just SHUT UP!

Special interest groups have imposed “Political correctness” upon us.

This is a nation that was founded upon many principles not the least of which is “Freedom of Speech.” If we don’t speak up soon we are going to lose this Constitutional right. The question that we must ask is what are the right words to choose when representing our rights. No matter what words we choose somebody will take exception to them, be offended by them or feel discriminated against by them. However, if we don’t say something now we might not ever be able to say something later!


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