From time to time, I see funny posts on other websites. These I must share. Example from datalounge.com:
RE: *****BREAKING NEWS****** Bush Commutes Scooters Sentence
We’ll always have Paris.
— The U.S. penile system
Filed under 06_mr_furious
Normally, I might take issue with a joke that alludes to prison rape (which is, of course, not funny), except for the fact that Scooter Libby wrote a book about little girls being raped by bears to train them as prostitutes, so I totally don’t give a shit, lol.
Every US taxpayer, including “moi”, gets raped every day by the GOP elephant. A bear might be an improvement. 😦
The book was fiction, Melissa. Even without having read it (and it’s probably crap), I find it very difficult to condemn anyone for a fictional scene, no matter how sick. While people can condemn authors based on a pattern of obsession (cf John Norman, De Sade), one incident in a fictional work does not do it. It’s even possible it served a didatic purpose.
Consider for a moment the novels by Richard Morgan which contain some extremely nasty scenes (I’m thinking of one in Broken Angels in particular) which still serve a thematic purpose. Consider the I Like To Watch video from the Church of Euthanasia, which is incredibly sick, but also makes a rather pointed cultural statement.
I’m not defending Libby – I’m just pointing out that you’re condemning him based on too little evidence.
I find it very difficult to condemn anyone for a fictional scene, no matter how sick
I didn’t condemn him. I said he clearly finds rape an appropriate subject for entertainment (and I have read the scene), so I believe he’s yielded his right to my protection against a rape joke made at his expense. Which I believe is perfectly fair.
Hm, you know, until you said all that I didn’t even notice the use of the word “penile” instead of “penal.” I saw it as a joke about how Libby got away but at least we got Paris Hilton behind bars. Shows you how a slight play on words can change everything!
Hm, you know, until you said all that I didn’t even notice the use of the word “penile” instead of “penal.”
Honestly, I didn’t notice it either, until I read it aloud to someone. When I read it the first time just on the screen, my eyes went right past it.
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