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Yes, People are Stupid

shirtIf you haven’t heard, there’s another “The Walking Dead” controversy brewing. Because perpetually offended, howling snowflakes have apparently run out of things about which to be outraged, they are now screeching about a T-Shirt. Thankfully, the shrieking outragery is in the UK… for now. But there are almost certainly aggrieved social justice zealots in the United States who are standing in solidarity with their squealing comrades in the UK in their indignation. Hell, I’ve seen quite a few of them on social media!

The “offensive” language revolves around TWD baddie Negan’s use of the old rhyme “Eeny meeny miny moe, catch a tiger by the toe…” to select the victim he would violently bash over the head with his trusted, barbed-wire baseball bat Lucille..

Now, when I was a kid, we used that rhyme all the time. Most Americans, I would wager, are not and have never been aware of the rhyme’s history, which apparently used the N-bomb instead of “tiger.” I certainly had no idea. But apparently, that’s what it was, and because most of us didn’t know about the rhyme’s history, we’re obviously steeped in white privilege… or something.

Yeah, I know. I had black friends in school, and when we used the rhyme, none of them were insulted, probably because like most Americans, they had no idea about the rhyme’s history.

But in their search for things to get offended about the SJW howler monkeys have now decided to target the TWD t-shirt.

It doesn’t matter that the show is not even close to racist.

It doesn’t matter that Negan ever used the word, and has never, as a character, been shown to be racist in any way.

It doesn’t matter that the show’s and comic book’s creators almost certainly didn’t know the rhyme’s history and meant exactly zero connotations to be gleaned from Negan’s taunts.

And it certainly doesn’t matter that the alleged “insult” wasn’t aimed at anyone.

You see, intent doesn’t matter, because according to one zealot, “the people at the tail end of the insult are the ones who get to decide if it’s offensive.”

Which basically means that anything we do or say can be constituted as offensive to someone.

Which essentially surpasses “thought crime” and lands directly into “insensitivity crime.”

morganLiterally stupidest claim ever.

TWD’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan agrees, this is stupid, and I can’t blame him.

A rhyme that’s been used for decades, and apparently at some point (in the 1800s) contained a word that was common then, but we now  – after more than 100 fucking years – find unacceptable. A t-shirt that doesn’t even contain that line. A show that is in no way racist. A scene that in no way had racial connotations.

Imbeciles are literally getting offended at a t-shirt referring to a fictional character’s use of a rhyme that more than 100 years ago contained a word that was commonly-used then, but that is considered unacceptable now, that the t-shirt doesn’t even contain.

And apparently, it doesn’t matter if no insult was actually intended, that the rhyme wasn’t hurled at anyone, because the only thing that matters is pwecious feewings.

And if you disagree, you’re wrong.

If you refuse to bow down to the subjective snowflakery and confirm that what you say and what you mean doesn’t matter, but what the grievance mongers claim offends them does, you’re a racist… or privileged… or something.

The content of the rhyme doesn’t matter. The indisputable fact that the rhyme as said by a fictional character did not contain any racially charged language doesn’t matter. The fact that the majority of people involved with the show, with the manufacture of the shirt and its sale, and in the world writ large, were not aware of the rhyme’s history doesn’t matter.

What matters to these whining, sniveling fucktards is that their subjective feelings be accepted as fact, because apparently, their offense somehow gives them moral superiority over the rest of us.

Yeah. stupid.

Nope. I refuse to play these games. It’s an intellectual (or in this case, sub-intellectual) trap that marginalizes everyone except those seeking indignation and gives them license to accuse anyone and everyone of facism/racism/sexism/*insert ism here, regardless of whether their interlocutors really are guilty of fitting those descriptions. It allows the perpetually affronted to offend, denigrate, and demean anyone they don’t like merely by claiming offense. And yes, I find it insulting and and downright abusive to be called those things – especially since I’ve spent my life fighting them.

There’s no justice in this – social or otherwise. It’s a disgusting, biased, discriminatory retaliation tactic against those whom the snowflakes seek to marginalize – those evil, cis/het, white people, whom they believe to be deserving of retribution for the “crime” of being privileged. And while they treat the rest of us like something smelly that attached itself to the bottom of their shoes, they treat minorities like fragile morons, who have to be protected from anything that can even remotely be viewed as “offensive.” Dog forbid someone’s delicate labia get chafed – even unintentionally! MICROAGGRESSION!

Here’s an idea, snowflakes: go fuck yourselves. With a barbed-wire bat. There is no “right” not to be offended.

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54 responses

  1. TWD most certainly IS racist. I mean, come on, when do ANY of the characters take any steps to understand the walkers’ perspective, to understand their anger, to include them in any reindeer games?

    I mean, seriously!

    Or not.

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    1. You are a baaaaaaaad man. Think shame on yourself.
      Nicki, do you need my garum water-gun to punish goofiness? Or would you prefer the carp cannon?

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      1. Fish pleez, darling!

        Dan has an awesome sense of humor for a retired full bird! 😉

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        1. I like him. I only threaten people with garum when I like them! Uh…. I might be… uh… twisted.

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        2. Might? It’s totally part of your charm!

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      2. Welllll, at the risk of raining hellfire upon my head I feel the need to give an English guys pov on said rhyme. I never learned the ‘tiger’ version as a kid back in the 70’s, it was the original all the way. I just asked my boy, who’s just finished school, which version he knows and it’s the original one too.
        That being said, I have no problem with said shirt, BUT thanks to section five of the public order act I could see someone getting nicked for wearing it if one of the permanently offended decided to report it as a hate crime. Oh what a glorious time to live in eh?

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        1. Yep. Another (former) Brit here. I learned it with the N word in the 1950s. (Yes, I’m old.) It wasn’t till I moved to the US in 1988 that I heard the tiger version

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      3. Garum! But… why? The liquid gold of the kitchen! That wealth of Rome! (says the person who uses patis in her dishes…)

        (And in my head, I see a Super Soaker, loaded with Worcestershire Sauce.)

        If you really wanted to weaponize garum, make it with kusaya …but then it wouldn’t be so friendly any more. Hm.

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  2. I certainly remember the original version. Heard it both ways when I was a kid. Eventually, the old version went away. Hello, asshats, that means people recognized it was insensitive, and DECIDED TO CHANGE IT.

    Damn, some people can’t accept that anything was done to make things better, they have to FORCE an association chain to make them bad again.

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    1. This time I remembered to check the notify box.

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    2. I think you’re probably in the minority. I certainly had no idea.

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      1. Well, I grew up in a backwards area in the first place, and I hung out a lot with my dad’s friends, who were typically 30-40 years older than me. Dad was born in 1923, so that’s well into the time period that rhyme would have been used with that wording.

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      2. What I CAN’T remember is whether I ever heard one of my black friends use the old version. They might have, you never know.

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    3. I remember both versions too and I grew up in the West mostly. *sigh It was how we picked the first person to be “it” in tag. BTW we also played “this little piggy went to the market” with toes. OH THE HORROR

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      1. Lemme guess. “Piggy” used to be something else? 😉

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        1. I don’t know Nicki– but if you give me a few moments I am sure I could come up with some “faux” history 😀

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  3. When are these folks going to realize we are getting tired of their shit? Oh that’s right, never.

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  4. You sort of wonder how reasserting a past and fading meaning of racism makes racism go away.

    And then you wonder if the people reasserting past and fading meanings *want* it to go away.

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    1. I don’t wonder. Just sayin…

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    2. They don’t want it to go away. They need it there so they can rage and complain about it, hoping to intimidate others into doing their bidding.

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      1. That would be my guess … they NEEEEEEED racism!111!!! because without finding evidence of it everywhere, they would have shallow and pointless lives.

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        1. They need to protect their phoney baloney jobs!

          (Harumph!) 😉

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  5. Sweet slithering mother of shitcakes and syrup. That’s just as fucked-up as a situation I was on the sidelines of, 1984 or so.

    I was a young Second Lieutenant at the USAF Navigation School at then-Mather AFB, west of Sacramento, CA (it’s Mather International Airport, now. . . ) And across town, at McClelland AFB, a proto-SJW took offense.

    What was she offended by, you ask ?

    The commander of one of the squadrons there, had a “Commander’s Call”. Basically, the entire squadron is getting a number of general briefings. And he opened this particular CC, he opened with:

    “OK, guys and gals, let’s get started. . . . ”

    The proto-SJW was offended by the word “gals”. Because she was, reportedly, a Linguistics major in undergrad, and apparently had learned, somewhere, that the origin of the word was with slave women in the Deep South, circa 1840, where it meant either “A boy-crazy young girl” or a heifer.

    And she found that personally offensive. In 1984. And she promptly reported it to the base Social Actions office, who brought the Squadron Commander up on charges. It went through a proffered Article 15 action, the officer in question demanded a trial, which then automatically included Article 133 charges of Conduct Unbecoming an Officer. People dug in, and eventually a General Court Martial was convened.

    Which promptly dismissed all charges, when the Presiding Judge asked the question: when was the statement made, and what did the word “gals” mean at the time ?. . .

    But in the meantime, the buzz was all over McClelland and Mather.

    There is, at least according to rumor, a good end to the story. Supposedly, 2-3 years later, the proto-SJW was involuntarily separated for failure to progress in the Fat Boy program, aka the Weight Management Program. . .

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    1. She was wrong. Gal comes from Gel (pronounced similarly) used for “girl” in regency England. Often in the upper classes at that. it was just informal not derogatory.

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      1. Come now, Sarah. Even in the 80s. . . actually, ESPECIALLY in the 80s, it was toxic to gainsay ANY woman in the Military, for Rep. Pat Schroder and her DACOWITS lynch mob routinely destroyed dissent. . .

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    2. I have to admit, i cracked up a little at the year of this anecdote. It’s just to damn fitting.

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  6. Oh, the horrors! I never knew that the hijklm- opqrs word was in that rhyme. ( I am not taking any chances with using “that” letter, I might offend someone.) I asked my wife, and she said that they said it both ways in elementary school. I remember that we used to have a chain of restaurants called Sambo’s. Named after the book Little Black Sambo. They were pretty much forced out, due to how racist they were. I mean, using the image of a person of color ( as opposed to a colored person, since that term is racist, and the leftists are never racist) to sell pancakes and such. I am relieved that sort of thing is gone, and a part of our sad past. I make my own breakfast pancakes at home. Then I can use just as much of the Aunt Jemima syrup as I want. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/30/pancakes-and-pickaninnies-the-saga-of-sambo-s-the-racist-restaurant-chain-america-once-loved.html

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    1. Heh. We’re obviously terrible people around here. One of my neighbors still has one of the old lawn jockeys sitting next to his barn.

      And Sambo’s was a great place to eat, dangit.

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      1. And recall that the paint scheme applied to the lawn jockeys was actually a signal used by the Underground Railroad of the type of help that could be obtained at the house with one.

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        1. I remember reading about that before. And my neighbor has one of those lawn jockeys, too. Damn good thing that he doesn’t have a confederate flag, or the resulting firebombing might catch my place on fire as well.

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  7. I remember the original version from when I was a kid back in the early sixties. And Brazil nuts were called N-toes by pretty much everybody that I knew. That’s just the way it was. It was a rhyme you learned. You didn’t think twice about it and didn’t know there was anything wrong with it until someone pointed it out. We certainly didn’t call African Americans that word. We called them colored people before that was considered a derogatory term and treated them with the same respect as anyone else………..

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    1. Brazil nuts? Wow….

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      1. Yeah, those, and there’s also a chocolate-covered peanut butter, typically homemade, candy, now called “Buckeyes”, that were called the same thing:

        http://allrecipes.com/recipe/9909/buckeyes-i/

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        1. Don’t buckeyes look more like nipples? LOL!

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      2. I have heard that this is what they were called, back in the day, Never actually heard them called so, in my lifetime. And the Eeny-Meenie-Miney-Moe verse was (in my lifetime and hearing) “catch a froggie by his toe.”
        So – a slam against the French? Eh, I can deal with that.

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    2. There’s a type of chocolate candy that is called “negerzoenen” (Negro kisses) in Dutch, and “têtes de nègre” in French. (FYI, ‘neger’ is not a racial slur in Dutch. Just like ‘zh*d’ is roughly the Russian equivalent of ‘kike’, yet apparently the neutral word for Jew in Polish.)

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  8. I’m offended that the patriarchy don’t provide my with Beer, Bourbon and Blond 18 yr old nymphomaniacs for free. I want JUSTICE NOW DAMMIT.

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  9. I grew up in California (LA County) in the 50s and heard the original version. Got seriously smacked by my dad for using it (I had no idea what it meant)

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    1. To add, I was probably 5 at the time.

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      1. I came home with the word “n*gger” in my mouth, sometime about in the first grade. No idea what it meant – and Mom practically washed out my mouth with soap. This would have been about 1961 – in SoCal.

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        1. Why can’t the haters also remember the other rhyme from years back, sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me?

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        2. Pigpen, because they WANT to be offended and will use any pretext to be offended.

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  10. The moral to this story is, when the SJWs demand that you change something that contains an offensive word (As in this case, from the n-word to Tiger) so that it will no longer be offensive, don’t bother, because even if you do, they will scream at you because the new version USED TO BE offensive. You gain nothing by accommodating them.

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    1. As far as i am concerned you should never change something only so that other people will not take offense. Sure, listen to them when they tell you why what you are doing is being bad/insensitive/whatever. If you agree with their reasoning, change whatever you were doing because you agreed the earlier behaviour sucked. But trying to just accommodate people is always really stupid.

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    2. Google “Euphemism Bandwagon” 😉

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  11. […] is what a Nicki from the Liberty Zone has to say about the colorful history that is making the rounds–starting with Eenie, Meenie, […]

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  12. I knew about the history of the rhyme from reading in later years. never knew about it as a kid. Yes PEOPLE ARE STUPID It’s why my favorite song lyric is “been around the world and found that only stupid people are breeding. The cretins cloning and feeding, and I I don’t even own a tv”

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  13. I can remember that rhyme the old term in my young time, and NO one of us was racist, my black friends used it the same way. Sambo’s was a great pancake restaurant that we ALL of us (both white or black) would like to go there after we went skating and never had a trouble with it. My Dad always called Brazil nuts “n-toes” up to the day he died. And I do remember using “..catch a froggy by his toe.” And that “Sticks and stones” was one of the most one used….along with “it leaves me and sticks to you”…that one could sometimes be the first jab before there might a fight coming 😀

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  14. Eenie, meanie, miney, moe
    Catch a fairy by the toe
    If it hollers, make it pay
    Fifty wishes every day.

    That’s the version I learned when I was 4. I never could use up all those wishes.

    I’m made of rubber.
    You’re made of glue.
    All of your hatestuff
    Bounces off of me and sticks to you.
    PFFFFFTTTTTT!

    Gals? Gal Friday ads were all over the place in the 1960s. Now it’s admin assistant or whatever the most recent substitute is.

    I think you’ll find it interesting that The Atlantic magazine has a recent article about the children in adult bodies who are worried about a warmer-than-average winter because they don’t really like winter but the Earth is going to end, or something. Some 33-year-old ‘woman’ (I use that term advisedly, because 33 says she’s legally an adult, but….) is ‘scared because ‘GLOBAL-WARMING-CLIMATE-CHANGE-THE-SKY-IS-FALLING!!!!’. They simply have to have something to be afraid of or vent their emotions over, and if they can’t find something valid, they make shit up.

    They are at the emotional level of 4 year old kids who see a box of Choco Crunchies on the store shelf and throw a tantrum when Mom (or Auntie Me) says ‘No, we still have five at home. You have to use those up first.” And I mean a screaming, knock-down, drag-me-out tantrum complete with red face, beating fists and feet on the floor, tears and everything. I found that the best way to handle that in my 4YO niece was to tell her I would sell tickets to people to watch her throw a fit and sit in it, and then go to the movies by myself. That shut her up.

    If you’ve had kids, you should recognize that mental/emotional level. They desperately WANT to throw tantrums, and they do, but they call it demonstrating or protesting. They are not used to being told ‘N-O, NO’. So far, I don’t see anything but more and more desperate needs to get attention, mostly because the grown-up world is just going on about its business.

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  15. Yeah, I grew up hearing Eeny Meeny with both Nigger and Tiger. I also heard on-the-spot fixes referred to as both Nigger-rigging and Gerry-rigging. I have no issue with changing a word here or there to be a little less offensive. I do have a problem with putting everything from history in a memory hole or simply recreating history to fit an agenda.

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    1. Speaking of “xxx”-rigging, I’ve also heard and read, “JURY-rigging”, which really makes me wonder at the origins of that term. It could possibly be derived from jerry-rigging, but I’m not sure.

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  16. Wait a second, so they aren’t offended that the shirt is glorifying someone getting their skull bashed in and their brains flying everywhere? They are offended about a shirt saying something that isn’t saying something else?

    “Your world frightens and confuses me.”

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