- Mon Jul 20, 2020 2:26 pm
Once had this conversation with someone, using the parallel of film ratings.
"X is a cunt who deserves to gerrin sea, in a bin, which is on fire, and then die in that fire" is clearly more abstract and whimsical than "You're gonna get your fucking heads kicked in". One can be translated into physical action much easier than the other. Just as Arnie mowing down a zillion mooks with a ray gun is more outlandish and harder to replicate than Ray Winstone shivving Gary Oldman with a sharpened spoon in Welcome to the Shitbox.
OK, there are some grey areas, you may say. But are there really? Some might say that making a vague threat to bomb an airport should be taken lightly, as it's hard to actually do. Others might say that people have made bomb threats, both real and hoax, and that given that the UK has been living with terrorism for the best part of 50 years, people really ought not to think of a bomb hoax as so outlandish any reasonable person would dismiss it.
With politics, the problem seems to be that a) it's full of violent imagery and idiom already, and b) it's full of cunts who will take any opportunity to play the fucking victim, especially if they can make a rival look bad. "Ah, but Jo Cox", I hear people cry, as if her death meant an absolute licence to do whatever. "Jo Cox believed in free speech, so if you try to silence me you're shitting on her memory!". I seem to remember Ian Gow MP was quite keen on speaking his mind, but his murder wasn't seized upon as some seismic event. People invoking her name seem to always miss out the bit about finding common ground between different camps and building on it. Probably because twitter spats are easier and more fun. If you're a prick.
I've just seen a post from a Facebook friend wherein they moan about the difficulty of finding a sew-on pride flag that they can put on their Harry Potter backpack, that represents their sexuality ("woman interested in male-presenting but not necessarily male") while also showing that they don't agree with JK Rowling's apparent views on trans issues, so any trans person who sees them thinks of them as an ally, as opposed to a fucking overgrown kid. Apparently "buy a new fucking backpack that isn't a fucking Harry Potter bag, you're 35 for crying out loud" wasn't a helpful answer.
Seriously, I get the whole extended childhood thing. I'm 43 and I Larp, play Warhammer, watch anime films, and read comics. But seriously, put some fucking adults back in charge.
"There ain't nothing you fear more than a bad headline, is there? You'd rather live in shit than let the world see you work a shovel."