Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Rude is In

Wow have the outbursts been exploding lately, with an equal number of apologies close on their heels. What's the deal? It's not even coming from just one industry or segment of society. Congress, entertainment, sports, journalism...everyone wants a piece of the outburst action.

I can't decide if we are becoming a society of brutes or boobs or narcissists. Or perhaps we are a bunch of over-sensitive sissies. Really, there's no excuse for Kanye West's behavior. And Congressman Joe Wilson's breach of decorum was startling. It just isn't "done". At least not outside of the British Parliament. And whichever tennis-playing Williams sister it was who berated the line judge by threatening to kill her went way beyond poor sportsmanship. All in the brute/boob/narcissist category.

Sometimes the apologies seem to fall in the sissie category though. Did the ABC news reporter who tweeted that President Obama had just called Kanye West a jackass really need to issue an apology? I guess the comment was supposed to be off the record. Turns out Twitter is not off the record.

What about the shoe throwing reporter from Iraq? He was released from prison today after doing time for his shoe-throwing outburst at a press conference with former President Bush. Or how about the guy who is suing for being arrested for flipping off a police officer. Turns out giving the finger is protected by the constitution as a form of free speech. Turns out shoe throwing is not.

"Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), tennis legend Serena Williams and recording artist Kanye West held a press conference in Washington, DC today to kick off the first annual National Outburst Week." -Andy Borowitz, Huffington Post
"Been a busy week for President Obama. I notice that he’s having Kanye West and Taylor Swift to the White House for a “root beer summit” this weekend." -Jay Leno
"Ok, so Kanye is a serial apologizer. One could say he suffers from C.A.D. (compulsive apologizing disorder)." -Amy Spies, Writer and Producer
"Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. "
Adlai E. Stevenson
Now THIS is pure class. From the Phillies game last night...


Cari Kelley said...

I love that video--what a great dad! His love for his child all over his face...isn't love beautiful? We need more love in this world, aka Jesus. :)

Shari said...

I saw a kid do that one time at a baseball game. He just threw it back! I can't remember where it was, though. It was hilarious, but not on camera. I bet it happens ALL the time!