Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Oh My!

Whew, what an interesting morning already! Let me start with a couple of days ago--

When I get bored, I go to friends' blogs and click the links they have there for other blogs and peruse around. I don't know why I do that, I don't normally like the other blogs, but hey, I'm bored. I can't think straight!

So, on Monday, I came across a blog by a perky little white girl out west somewhere, maybe Idaho. She had a blog post called MEXICAN WORD OF THE DAY with stupid little sayings that are supposed to sound funny if you say them in a loud, Mexican accent. I couldn't leave the blog without saying what a racist "joke" that was, so I left a comment.

Oh dear.

I suppose she decided to come to my blogs and read everything. No problemo, that's why I didn't post anonymously. And this is what she had to say to me this morning:

"Amy Sue has left a new comment on your post "Musings":

"Hi Michelle,

"This is Amy whose blog you visited through Angela. The post that I made was sent to me BY A HISPANIC. I am in awe that you are in awe! Especially coming from a proclaimed liberal and ESPECIALLY after reading your highly offensive "An Answer, At Last" post. Yeah yeah yeah, I get it; that it's supposed to be sarcastic, but guess what?? So was that! And I really did find it truly offensive. Who in the heck needs to read that garbage, kidding or not. Oh yeah, and your post about the Prophet. Again, offensive. But you don't have to worry about me because I won't be vising your blog again.

"You should really think about things before you make a joke out of them, and think about who it might hurt. I'm in awe."



First off, I'm so happy that she knows "A HISPANIC!!" That makes it okay to be racist!

Second, I KNOW that "An Answer, At Last" was offensive! It was offensive to me! That's why I posted about it and responded at the end with "Excuse me now while I go throw up a bit." I linked EVERYTHING I wrote to the website that was purporting this ridiculousness. Seriously, you couldn't catch that? I don't think the things I wrote on that post! Wow.

Third, the prophet post? Really?? The one from The Colbert Report? I'm assuming she's never heard of Stephen Colbert before, or there's NO WAY she could have been offended by that! I don't understand her sensitivity, anyway. He wasn't even making fun of Hinckley, or the Mormon church, at all! He was making a joke about his writers!! Oh dear, once again.

My fourth point, being Mexican is not a choice. However, believing in a religion is purely choice. It is not okay to make jokes about something that people have no control over. I.e.: Oh my god! Look at that guy! He only has one leg! Maybe we should go push him over!

I'm sure she would never think about making fun of somebody who had a disability. How is making fun of someone's accent because they were born in a different country any better?

But when you make a CHOICE to follow a religion, THAT is something you can control. It's fair game.

However, I don't "make fun." Okay, perhaps the BYU posters was poking fun, but you'd have to work hard to convince me that anything else I've written on this blog was actually making fun of her religion, mormonism.

Amazing how you can be so sensitive about things when it has to do with you, yet be so willing to laugh at others. If you want to dish it out, you've got to be ready to take it... Isn't that what they say?


I hope it didn't ruin her day. She seemed pretty worked up!

PS. I'm not sure how being a "proclaimed liberal" is supposed to mean I'm okay with making fun of people's ethnicity. But hey, good try!


Anonymous said...

Your insecurity is amusing.

Michelle said...

Your anonymity is revealing.