On the Slope

It is mind-boggling that serious news outlets would dedicate a story to the horrible scandal of a teenager using the word “queer” in a tweet six years ago:

When Murray was 15 years old, he tweeted at his friends (via his since-verified Twitter account) using an anti-gay slur to defame them. Four offensive tweets remained active on his account late Saturday night but were eventually deleted by Sunday morning — when Murray apologized for his insensitive language in a tweet.

Who was it that told me this summer that nobody would think of using gauche teenage writings against people who aren’t trying to get hired for serious governmental positions? This kind isn’t trying to work for the government. He simply played a good game of football.

No, slippery slope is not real. No, it will never happen to anybody else. (And when it will, they will totally deserve it, the bastards.)

I was right the whole time.

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16 thoughts on “On the Slope”

  1. I totally agree. And I’m totally pissed about the firing of the guy who was going to host the Oscars. I’m a gay man and I don’t care what you tweeted about or posted on Facebook five or more years ago. I care about what you think now and whether or not you have evolved. We do want people to change, right? Moreover, I care less about your personal beliefs than your ability to do your job well and treat others on the job respectfully–the latter are much more important.

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  2. I’m glad I wasn’t active on social media at that age. As it is, I’m considering deleting my current facebook and starting anew. I used to share my opinions on there, now I just share articles and funny pictures because I’m not willing to put myself out there. If I decide to keep it I should go through and delete all my old posts just to be on the safe side, although that seems like a hassle.

    And put me down as another gay man who doesn’t give a damn what Kevin Hart or this kid said years ago. Do people not remember 2011? It was truly a different time. Even if it wasn’t, nobody should be expected to apologize for ancient tweets, and I’m glad that Kevin Hart refused to.

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  3. I think whatever gods there are that nothing I said or did when I was 15 is recorded or saved anywhere. I said some truly heinous things, mainly to get a reaction from others. If any of that survived, I’d have no jobs or important roles, ever.

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  4. “nobody would think of using gauche teenage writings against people”

    You know how you felt about Ukrainian society in the years leading up to your departure? That’s how I’m starting to feel about American society….

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    1. It’s like there are two different Americas. In one, people live, work, put up Christmas decorations, and visit petting zoos. Everybody is normal, kind, and calm. But in the other part of it, people have gone completely nuts. They have lost the most basic capacity to be kind or human. They are constantly angry and resentful. They have lost touch with reality completely. And they are making the place unlivable for the normal folks.

      I want to share a link to illustrate. https://www.vagazette.com/va-vg-tr-wp-wphs-teacher-fired-pronoun-case-20181206-story.html

      Do read until the end to see why this teacher, a father of 4, was fired right before Christmas. The truth is hidden a long way into the article. It’s surreal.

      Sorry for a long answer. But I love this country and this is painful to watch.

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      1. // Do read until the end to see why this teacher, a father of 4, was fired right before Christmas. The truth is hidden a long way into the article. It’s surreal.

        Tip: instead of reading the entire long first part, search the expression “virtual reality goggles” and read there. I am serious. 🙂

        The information appears in the second part of the article, subtitled “Thursday night hearing” .

        I was exposed to the story via American Conservative website I discovered after Clarissa mentioned it in the recent post. Here is a very good and short article on the issue:

        https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/peter-vlaming-transgender-tyrants/

        Despite being an atheist, I was very bothered by the following paragraph from the linked article :

        // I have talked to a number of Christians, in fields as diverse as law, banking, and education, who face increasing pressure within their corporations and institutions to publicly declare themselves “allies” of LGBT colleagues. In some instances, employees are given the opportunity to wear special badges advertising their allyship. Naturally if one doesn’t wear the badge, she is likely to face questions from co-workers and even shunning. //

        The reason for my strong reaction is that I believe politics and jobs, our ability to make a living, must not be mixed unless one becomes a politician. For instance, I know Israeli high school teachers who work both in secular and in religious state schools. Being forced to wear some kind of special LGBT badge could cost them their positions in religious schools.

        I believe it is true not only for school teachers. A business taking a controversial political stance could lose clients, but most importantly simple workers, pressured by their employees into wearing political badges, could see their chances of employment being influenced long after being fired from their previous job. With Internet’s long memory and differing place-dependent taboos, what previous employee demanded in the past could hurt one in the future.

        I know, this case is one conservative positions being attacked. However, in Israel I see the opposite reality in many plaves; I believe it is true for US too.

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        1. As somebody recently said, “The big business went, oh, so we can mistreat workers, destroy the environment, engage in predatory capitalism and then just say we support transgender bathrooms, and everybody will think we are super progressive? It’s that simple? OK, then!

          So, yeah. The point is not that the teacher is conservative or not, religious or atheist. The problem is that he’s a worker who’s being treated like an expendable object, thrown away to appease agents of fluidity.

          And yes, you are absolutely right in that these PC preferences are as fluid as the people who promote them. And that’s the whole goal. Everybody should feel completely expendable and threatened all the time. That’s how you exploit them: through fear and knowledge that fluidity catches up with everybody.

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          1. And yes, Dreher, with all his faults, actually reads Bauman and uses the word fluidity. Who is doing it on the progressive side? Nobody. I’d be happy to migrate from Dreher’s website to someplace less reactionary but it doesn’t exist.

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      2. But after an incident where the student was wearing virtual reality goggles and almost ran into a wall in the hallway and Vlaming shouted “don’t let her run into the wall,” the parents said it was unhealthy for their child to remain in Vlaming’s class, according to school division’s attorney Stacy Haney.

        Why the fuck was a)the student wearing virtual reality goggles b)in school? What possible educational purpose is behind this?
        Never mind claiming that binary genders are an article of faith for the guy’s religion. I want to know why Oculus VR is allowed on school property.

        In my day, I escaped reality by daydreaming. And sometimes, if I was tired enough falling asleep in class and going straight into REM sleep.

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        1. “Why the fuck was a)the student wearing virtual reality goggles b)in school? ”

          I’d say, but I don’t want to get Clarissa into trouble….. I might mention it on my own place (since I don’t have anything to lose).

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      3. It’s like there are two different Americas. In one, people live, work, put up Christmas decorations, and visit petting zoos. Everybody is normal, kind, and calm. But in the other part of it, people have gone completely nuts. They have lost the most basic capacity to be kind or human. They are constantly angry and resentful. They have lost touch with reality completely. And they are making the place unlivable for the normal folks.

        Oh boy, have I got a story for you. I think this is the only story where I side with the HoA — but barely. And weirdly enough,it’s not Florida. I’m not quoting it because the piece is long and filled with ridiculousness. We all need a laugh.

        How one man’s quest to spread Christmas cheer led to a miserable four-year war with his neighborhood

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        1. These people are Grinches. I’d love for this guy to be my neighbor. It’s so much fun for the kids! And it’s just five days. The religious angle is ridiculous but the HoA exposed itself to the lawsuit by mentioning religion. A smarter way to go would be to bring doctor’s paperwork about severe health condition that is aggravated by the noise or the flashing.

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