Crooks and Liars links to the non-story of a woman kicked off a SouthWest Airline flight for wearing a t-shirt with pictures of bush and cheney bearing the title “Meet the Fuckers”. The shirt played off the title of the movie “Meet the Fockers”, which I’ve never seen mostly because if a movie bases it’s title on pretending to swear chances are that I won’t like it. The aggrieved woman plans to bring a civil rights suit against SouthWest.
Which is utter fucking bullshit.
A brief skim of the comments shows the depth of thought that people put into this kind of thing
I’ll tell you whats fucking offensive. 2000 of our brave soliders KILLED for a lie.
i find the words; war, republican, bush, cheney, newt, etc. to be offensive and lewd.
Welcome to BushWorld V 2.0.1984
boycott Southwest airlines, narrow minded, Bush supporting assholes
All of which is almost kind of cute in a I-just-heard-Dylan-for-the-first-time-and-realized-that-Maroon 5-actually-does-suck kind of way. But then you get to Mike who, when confronted by an opposing view from the same side, turns into…well…you supply the adjective-noun combonation
please don’t represent yourselves as Democrats or even liberals. It’s tough enough to win against the Republican machine (and machines) now, people like you just drag us down further.
So, let just revist the issue again – the woman wore a t-shirt onto a SouthWest plane that bore the phrase “Meet the Fuckers”.
Does a dislike of public profanity make me a Conservative Christofascist? Holy fuck! I had no idea! Here I thought I was all liberal ‘n shit when, unbeknownst to me, I was actually working for the man! Boy, do I feel stupid!
I take issue with the whole “Fuck Bush” crowd for two reasons.
The first relates to parenting. If you’re just stopping by, My kids are twelve and eight. (Let’s leave the gender out, because it doesn’t matter.) I harbor no illusions that they will not, one day, swear like sailors. I’m sure that they know all the words already and, despite my best efforts, heard many of them from me. As a parent, though, I’d rather not get called into school because one of my kids told a teacher to fuck off. I certainly don’t want to stand in a slow line at the supermarket with an eight year old proclaiming, “How fucking long is this motherfucking line gonna take, Dad?” Now, you might say that’s more of a question of manners than of language and you may be right. There’s the old joke of the woman whose husband sent her to charm school to learn how to reply “That’s nice” instead of “Fuck you”. But it starts with teaching kids to properly express themselves. You don’t loudly announce “that guy’s really, really fat”. Does that sound middle-class? Well, sorry. If you’re willing to come over and subject yourself to insults from my kids, then email me and we’ll talk.
The second point – I understand outrage. I understand that profanity helps get your outrage across. But if you’ve got a “Fuck Bush” bumper sticker on the back of your Mercedes – Fuck you. If you’re relying on a “Meet the Fuckers” t-shirt to get your political message out – you’re not helping. You’re playing into the stereotype of liberals as godless Communists with no sense of moral decency. Every Republican over sixty-five who entertains doubts about the “war on whatever” that chances across your cute little bumper sticker will stick with bush, prefering a well-mannered liar over a foul-mouthed alternative.
In short, keep your fucking bumper stickers tacked up next to your poster of that guy from Rage Against The Machine.