Allow me to start this one off by claiming to be a retard - I know, I know bad word is bad -, for a couple simple reasons. For example:
Now, some would say don't do that. It doesn't help any body and you're only feeding the negativity. To which people, I say shut the ruddy flipper up - Smooth save, Thommy, smooth save -. I'm the one who grew up with these words used against me, they were but metaphorical daggers for bullies and the likes. However, the power held by mere words' is given by Humans. Before there was support for the gay community, the word gay would have been an insult. Lord Elohim knows, I had it used against me plenty times growing up. We were taught it meant something strange, something bad. We're programmed to be offended by such words, to be hurt.
For me however, change properly came when I embraced said word. Due to my disabilities, I was placed in a 'special' program at my highschool, me and two others were the new meat for mainstream pupils to eat - metaphorically of course -. For the first two years things were hell. We enjoyed having rocks hurled at us outside, attacked by loads of muppets if spoke back and the likes. Shizzle hit the literal fan when me and this other lad were attacked from behind. To cut a long story short, we broke one kids nose and one ended up in hospital whilst others were rather bruised and hurt - my friend had a slight rage problem -. At this point, the school simply refused to allow us out at lunch or break. Far to much hassle for them apparently.
It's here when I finally find empowerment in the word. Go ahead, call yourself something you assume to be mean or negative, but remove all negative meanings. This is what I did, and by the time I left; I was known as king retard and embraced the title with a laugh and smile. Politically correct? Perhaps not for those who don't understand my usage of the word. But if people spent more time listening than complaining or trying too crucify everyone who said something 'offensive', things would be a lot simpler and nicer.
Now, why am I bringing this up all of a sudden? Simply put, I've just noticed the Youtuber Laci Green has been getting death threats and such from people who took offence to her use of the word: " Tranny " three ruddy years ago. I can totally see why someone could get upset, why someone would take offence with the term. But if you step out of your angry shoes for just a moment and think; you'd save yourself from looking like a nasty little fecker. Do two wrongs suddenly make a right? Forgetting the fact that Laci issued this apology when someone asked her about said remark:
"Probably because I was 18 and ignorant. You are totally right and I sincerely apologize for my mistake. Before I educated myself about trans issues I had not the slightest inkling of how the word is used to dehumanize nor its place in the cycle of violence against transfolk. Now I have seen people hurt by it and seen it used as a nasty slur. Words have power, and ‘tranny’ is not a word for anybody but transfolk themselves to use because only they can reclaim it. If I knew that was in a video, it would have been long long ago removed. Consider it banished forever.”
She removed the video and all should have been well. But Lord almighty, people continue to bash and attack the poor lassie. Now, I don't use tumblr - I've the good ol' ning if I want to blog - so I'm going to make a plea to those who do use it. Do not join with 'social justice' groups that feel 'justice' comes through such vile and disgusting threats. You cannot fight ignorance with ignorance. If you disagree with someone or one of their views, do the smart thing. Talk to them. As much fun as an ol' torch and pitch fork mob is = it is not the answer!
Yes, because people with brains concluded that issuing death threats was the smart thing to do...
~ One may note a very 'light' sense of sarcasm in the above ~
As it were however. Laci has taken time off of Tumblr/Youtube and I don't blame the poor lassie. If people were sending me pictures of my house and death threats I'd be: clipping my crossbow, sharpening my Claymore and daggers. With all that said and done. I truly hope those of you who might be inclined to fall into such groups, take the moment to stop and think.
I'll leave these words finished.
Do you agree/disagree with how said situations should be handled?
Do you feel there's a better solution, that some words shouldn't be 'de-armed'?
Are death threats ever justifiable?
Leave it all in a comment and I'll be sure to write back.
With that all said and done, there's just one more thing to say, my fellow Nerdians.