What in the world?
So, I'm checking in on Tenkar's... sorry, I mean Karen's Tavern when I see this post about a DriveThru product with a dumb pseudo-political message at the bottom of the product description.
Apparently, Erik was offended enough by "All Cops Are Bastards" to email DriveThru with a complaint. Later that day, the product was nuked from orbit.
Now, I'm not a fan of ACAB or much of anything coming from the Antifa, BLM, and rioting leftist area of the culture. But I'm not going to complain, I'm not going to say it shouldn't be there, I'm not going to suggest that products with offensive slogans (political or not) should be removed from shelves (virtual or not).
Last time I checked, this was a free fucking country. The category of "offensive speech" like "hate speech" doesn't exist. It's made-up. But you know what's not make-believe? Cancel culture. It's as real as a heart attack, and people like you and me are living on its edge. We're just one bad tweet away from disintegration, my friend. And the pathetic pearl-clutching authoritarians and losers who believe in such things are only doing it for control.
Part of the reason why I wouldn't want "All Cops Are Bastards" to be censored, other than the fact that it's none of my god damned business, is because it's a slippery slope.
I also wouldn't want products or product descriptions with "Jeffery Epstein Didn't Kill Himself" taken down... or "Black Lives Matter" or "Blue Lives Matter" or "All Lives Matter" or "Social Justice Warriors Need Not Apply" or "Jesus Saves" or "Hail Cthulhu" or "Vote In November" or "Don't Tread On Me" or "I Love The USA" or "Babies Are People, Too. Don't Murder Them."
It's 2020. I don't have to tell you that things are pretty crazy. Let's not make things worse intentionally by calling out every little thing that might not fit the status-quo or our own personal views of what might be safe or proper or appropriate. Who knows, maybe we need to get a little problematic in order to right the ship?
While Karen is asking the clerk if she can speak to the manager, I hope the rest of us can go about our daily lives without succumbing to the desire to crush everything that isn't exactly tailored specifically to us.
We're individuals without the need for safe spaces. Our sensibilities aren't that delicate.
p.s. Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise is out, and I hope you grab the PDF... especially if it offends you (and it probably will).