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Watch what you say, the world is watching you - tweeting, talking & expletives

Updated on May 23, 2013

Resigned in disgrace

Weiner-Gate 2012
Weiner-Gate 2012 | Source

Casualty of picture sharing - Weiner-Gate

Of course, if you are going to take a picture of your wiener, for goodness sake do not send it to someone unless you do not care who sees it. By 'accidentally' sending de flagrante pictures of himself to more than just the random women he intended, Anthony Weiner, the once-promising New York Congressman and mayoral prospect, resigned in June of 2012 in disgrace.

Chink in the Armour


Intent and Perception

The problem these days is too many people take offense at things in general. Well, has a listing of the Worst Celebrity mistakes of 2012 and a couple of them caught my eye. Namely the uproar over ESPN's oopsie with a headliner about Jeremy Lin, who happens to be the NBA's first player of Chinese descent. No one appreciates a play on words anymore. I use them daily and am happy in my anonymity.

Evidently, saying how great a player is against the opponent's defense is a little much when he is referred to as a "Chink in the Armor," that is if the person you are referring to happens to be of Chinese origin. Problem is the phrase had already been coined previously and was not even original to the current use. BTW - trading insults is rather common in many circles of society especially sports, so someone needs to get the sand out of their diaper and move on.

Costly mistakes

  • Mel Gibson - falls from grace after being caught in an embrace with a Russian singer.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger - love child with domestic staff member.
  • Tiger Woods - not only divorce but also lost endorsements and sponsorships..
  • Lance Armstrong - accused of cheating for years, and titles stripped as well as money.
  • Kobe Bryant - could not keep from passing the ball to a few other players.
  • Charlie Sheen - public meltdown costs him millions and a top earning job.
  • Kirsten Stewart - rags to riches to rocky ground for indiscretion with a director.
  • LIndsay Lohan - from 4 movies a year to rare offers for abuse, theft and wild behavior.
  • Tom Cruise - his doctrines can't keep him in wedded bliss.

Global village or busybody?

It seems to me that the world is no better for this evolution of technology. When I was growing up it was OK for parents to regulate what their children watched or listened to. It seems that people are more concerned about regulating what people say but not about what they watch or hear. If you were not watching or listening to the types of entertainment in which these behaviors occurred, you would not be exposed to it. Or would you? The halls of almost every school are fraught with expletives and verbal harassment. Do you ignore what they hear in school but punish those in the media? Is this profiling? I thought that was wrong, or maybe not.

I grew up in a relatively permissive household. I was a member of a one parent family. My mother worked and rode the bus to and from her job during my teen years. She was frequently absent during a good portion of our day. However, she commented negatively or positively on any circumstance that arose during the times we were together.

We had to be tougher then, more so than today, I guess, and put up with comments that were stupid, prejudicial or hurtful. If I sued someone or had them fined every time I heard "McHugie" or "Fatso" or "your sister is a Geek" or "your brother is a Wuss", I swear it would add up to millions. I must admit that I am flabbergasted every time I turn on my computer and another retarded incident pops up in which someone said something and it was so offensive that they needed to be fired or suspended or fined. I am also subjected to constant negativity from the news media. Guess what? That is why I don't watch the news, I just read it and skim over the parts I find distasteful.

I don't feel the need to give them more notoriety by pointing out the things I find offensive. I am positive it is a passive ploy to gain media exposure by those who do it rather than an actual country wide offense to this type of incident.

What do you think?

Are people and groups too sensitive to comments and communications?

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I could not agree more with your statement about no one caring who hears or watches what, but rather are more concerned about what is said. I agree. It's a tactic to shut people up and sadly, it's growing. I really like the numbers you included. I knew it was a small group but how small was driven home here. This is awesome and I look forward to reading more of your thoughts.