Thursday, February 08, 2007

Sigh...wake me up when they get rid of the stupid people

Last night Sunny and I drove to the gas station to fill up her car.

On the way, I heard something on the radio that scored a 15 out of 10 on my bullshit-o-meter.

Basically, the Snicker’s Superbowl commercial (in which two auto-mechanics accidentally kiss, then say “Quick, do something manly!”), has been branded racist by a bunch of busybodies with far too much time on their hands.

Apparently, it’s offensive to homosexuals because it implies that two men kissing isn’t “manly”.

Of course, the homosexual and bisexual community aren’t actually the ones making a huge fuss out of this. It’s the “politically correct” crowd.

Now, the thing that pisses me off is that this is a typical uninformed knee-jerk reaction.

Think about this for a second. Who is this actually poking fun at? Gays? Or straight men that are so insecure about their sexuality that an accidental kiss leads to one of them ripping out his chest hair in order to prove to himself he’s not “caught ‘gay’”.

The fact he pulls out his chest hair is also blatantly pointing out that the guy isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer, and that his reaction is totally overblown and stupid. They’re the Tim Taylor kind of manly. The point is you laugh at them, not with them

Yes, guys like that may believe one guy kissing another isn’t “manly”, but they’re obviously represented as guys who think acts of insane, self-torturing stupidity is manly.

I mean, is that not obvious?

Basically, I have three theories about these kinds of people:

1) The busy body, middle-class people who are constantly up in arms about shit like this don’t actually have any real problems. So they have to manufacture their own. “I have no problems of my own, so I’m going to be a champion for people who I perceive to be downtrodden or repressed, whether they want to or not.”

Of course, this has the exact opposite effect, in that right now, there are plenty of rednecks all over America complaining about how oversensitive the “fags” are, and how they can’t take a joke.

2) The Jack Thompson Complex.

Take a big rich corporation like Mars, a big social issue, and an imagined insult to a minority…and you’ve got the makings of the next big moral panic that’s absolutely perfect to get you on TV, satisfy your power-hungry, media-whore instincts and you might just make a few bucks on the side. After all, there are plenty of rich white folks, with lots of money, all living in their nice sheltered sub-divisions that are just dying to get behind the next big moral crusade to salve their own guilt at not being a downtrodden minority.

3) Stupidity and a total lack of a sense of humor.

This one’s pretty self explanatory. In that a lot of people are just plain incapable of seeing past their own noses, unable to recognize parody and satire and don’t understand that just raising a topic is not automatically a negative thing.

Seriously though, I have gay friends, both male and female…and I can’t see any of them actually getting offended by this. They might laugh their asses off at the incredibly dumb straight guy who’d be willing to rip out a chunk of his own chest hair just to prove to himself and another dumbass that he was “manly”.

Finally though, I have to say…if you are homosexual, and you are offended by this, grow a sense of humor and get over it.

As a Brit in America, I’ve heard a ton of what could be described as anti-brit jokes and stereotypes. You know, “British people all have bad teeth”, “Brits think that a man dressed in womens’ clothing is the height of humor.”, “You saved our asses in WW2”, “All Brits are drunken football hooligans”.

Do I need to go on?

The point is, I don’t get offended by any of that, because it’s a joke, and if anyone says anything that’s intended as an insult, I don’t get offended either…I just do what I always do when I come across someone who makes a bigoted, prejudice statement.

I pity their lack of intelligence.


The Black Rider said...

quite frankly i was disgusted by the super bowl kissing add. i didn't find it very funny. it was rather corny to me. i dont have anything wrong with gays. its just such a blatant ploy for attention and im still not aclimated to the sight of men kissing. no one talked about charlize theron getting naked three or fout times though. that was fine. right?

Paulius said...

I have to question why you where "Disgusted", Black Rider.

The fact it was an "obvious ploy for attention"...isn't that the whole point of an advertisment, ESPECIALLY a superbowl ad?