This week’s blog topic comes from Maya. She sent me this great article about this major backlash that a mom of three ended up having simply due to a FaceBook post and image that she posted. CLICK HERE to read the article. So, I began looking into this whole idea of just how hypersensitive our society has become.
Here’s a simple example. According to a recent Rasmussen poll, nearly 35% of Americans believe that it’s “offensive to refer to an illegal immigrant as an ‘ILLEGAL immigrant.” Seriously??
Has America became a society of hypersensitive babies?
Literally EVERYTHING that EVERYONE does in the media - be it in television, film, radio, print or on the web - is scrutinized, held under a microscope and perpetually monitored by a number of advocacy groups. “Watchdogs” who are sitting idly by, ready to bark for the simple sake of hearing themselves “bark.” Truth be told, I probably am going to have a number of them find this on the internet and come after me for calling them “watchdogs” and using the derogatory word “bark.” (I’ll let you know if that happens!)
Here’s another good example: Miley Cyrus recently pulled double duty on the Saturday Night Live show, appearing as both the host and musical guest. Now, giving the Miley her due, most people that saw the program said that she “killed it.” Now, in my opinion, Miley is far more self-aware than she gets credit for - meaning that she is purposely doing the shock and awe to self-promote herself; which there is nothing wrong with - again in my opinion. During the show, she poked fun at all she’s currently vilified for - including how she incessantly, and annoyingly, sticks her tongue out. Miley joked that she wasn’t actually sticking her tongue out at all, but rather, “kept having mini-strokes.”
Now, before I continue, let me clarify that I’m not a big Miley Cyrus fan (as a matter of fact, I don’t have a single one of her songs on my iPhone…just for the record); nor am I making light of strokes. To be honest, that would be asinine (great SAT word, by-the-way). Anyone with a modicum (yep, that would be another great SAT word!!) of intelligence knows that strokes are no laughing matter. That being said, I also firmly believe that anyone intelligent enough to write a strongly worded complaint letter SHOULD be smart enough to realize a joke for what it is - even if you considered it in poor taste or not. I’m sorry, but I refuse to believe that even one stroke victim is currently dealing with lasting mental trauma brought on by a Saturday Night Live monologue.
Reality check: Sometimes - nay, actually, ALL the time - people say or do things that you don’t like. For better or worse, that’s reality. That’s life. To be even clearer, that’s the FIRST AMENDMENT.
One more example: Fez Whatley, co-host of Sirius XM’s popular Ron & Fez Show, recently went on a long, passionate on-air rant about a Chevy commercial that uses the word “crazy” multiple times, claiming that it was “insensitive to the mentally insane.” Really? As if “crazy” is a race, gender or nationality. As if somewhere in the East Village, someone’s currently planning the next Nutjob Pride Parade (ok, that may be a bad analogy - but I think you get the idea).
Do you feel that Maria Kang’s post was inappropriate? Has America become too hypersensitive? Do “empty” and “forced” apologies only perpetuate a society of hypersensitivity?