|December 24, 2013
Clint Eastwood's advice in "Dirty Harry" that
opinions, like certain body parts, are best kept to
"Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace", guest George
Will had the last word on how to interpret the First
Amendment:"People think they have a right not to
have their feelings hurt, not to have their sensibilities in
any way exacerbated."
For those of you
without a radio or television, or you've been in a coma, Mr.
Will was referring to the story all over the airwaves about
anti-gay comments made by Phil Robinson of A&E cable
television's "Duck Dynasty" in GQ magazine. Gay
and lesbian readers, and straight readers who think such
activity is nifty, were offended. The uproar caused A&E
network to suspend Robinson, a deeply religious man who
believes homosexuality is contrary to God's law.
offended reminds me of a program I watched a while back on
PBS about Petula Clark, the blonde British singer from the
60's. After her big hit "Downtown", she had a
television show on one of the networks, I remember watching
it now and then, very entertaining. Then there was the night
where the guest star was black singer Harry Belafonte and
the two of them sang a duet, a romantic song where, at one
point, Petula put her hand on Harry's shoulder.
an uproar, stations in the Bible Belt refused to air the
show, and where they did, stations were swamped with angry
letters and phone calls from upset white people. The show
was sponsored by Chrysler Corporation, and one
holier-than-thou viewer wrote to Chrysler saying "he
would never buy a Chrysler product again for the rest of his
life ... "
I was in the banking business for
about 35 years, it didn't take me long to realize that
people sure love to be offended, and they get a real rush
from the power surging through those righteous veins. One
upset customer told me, after the bank screwed up his
account and I apologized profusely for the error, "I'M
STILL OFFENDED, KEEP APOLOGIZING!!"
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