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I normally don't pay any attention to what actors and actresses say. They seem to think their million dollar paychecks for speaking memorized lines in front of a camera makes their opinion on political subjects more important than everyone else.

But this one caught my attention. Gal Gadot tweated what I though was a very nice statement concerning the death of Stephen Hawkings. She said:
Rest in peace Dr. Hawking. Now you’re free of any physical constraints. Your brilliance and wisdom will be cherished forever.
And she was blasted for it. She was called an ableist which is suppose to be someone who discriminates against the disabled. Among other things this is what one person wrote:
So what we’re not gonna do is talk about Stephen Hawking’s disability like it was a tragedy. Because it wasn’t. Disabilities are not tragedies. Abled people can go away.
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/03/16/gal-gadot-slammed-over-tribute-to-stephen-hawking-now-youre-free-any-physical-constraints.html

This make me wonder who that jackass was. Does he think Stephen Hawking chose his disability, that he wanted to be confined to a wheel chair unable to communicate with others. I have medical problems that gave me a partial military disability. I wish I didn't have them but I'm not giving up on doing things because I do. I am absolutely sure that if Mr. Hawkings could have chosen he would have chosen to not have his disability.

I am so tired of the sanctimonious political correct using their own bitterness to attack well meaning people. I'm beginning to come to the opinion that the only way to fight this kind of rudeness is with rudeness. But, that goes against everything that I was raised to represent. Instead I just shake my head and wonder what type of person raised those people.
 

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Think you answered your own question. Not much more you need to know about the person than that.

It's easy to forget it's a loud, out-of-touch minority that's been given a world-wide megaphone in the form of the internet and social media. No different than the Westboro Baptist Church types. Some people are just really, really goddamned clueless and can't function without finding something to be offended about.
 

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No different than the Westboro Baptist Church types. Some people are just really, really goddamned clueless and can't function without finding something to be offended about.
That seems to be true. And the internet gives them anonymity. They are safe from any repercussions that might occur from their comments.

The Westboro Baptist Church is one of the reasons I contacted the Patriot Guard Riders in Indiana a few years ago. I've met several of their members on other rides and as a Vietnam veteran I have very little tolerance for people protesting a soldiers funeral. I didn't ride with them at the time because most of the funerals they have been asked to attend were pretty far away. Your comment reminded me to look up their website and calendar again.
https://www.inpatriotguard.org/about/
 

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That seems to be true. And the internet gives them anonymity. They are safe from any repercussions that might occur from their comments.

The Westboro Baptist Church is one of the reasons I contacted the Patriot Guard Riders in Indiana a few years ago. I've met several of their members on other rides and as a Vietnam veteran I have very little tolerance for people protesting a soldiers funeral. I didn't ride with them at the time because most of the funerals they have been asked to attend were pretty far away. Your comment reminded me to look up their website and calendar again.
https://www.inpatriotguard.org/about/
Yeah, they're just about the worst people ever. I actually despise them so much I wrote a song about them when I still played in a band in college. Didn't record it though :(
 

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I used to be a pretty polite person, was brought up that way, and never really wanted to offend anyone with my words or actions. But in today's effed up society everybody takes offense to everything so I just stopped giving a ****. The way I look at it now days is that I still never really mean to offend anyone, but if I do it's their problem, not mine. I will never apologize for offending anyone if that wasn't my intention. Pretty shitty attitude but we live in a pretty ****ed up society.
 

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They complain and pretend to be offended because it gives them a feeling of empowerment, like they are implying that they are better than you. I think it is partially everyone else's fault for catering to them, apologizing, etc.

The media doesn't help...I mean, now it becomes a news story if someone uses an offensive term. Maybe I am too old, but when I was growing up, such things were petty and trivial, not news headlines. This type of mindset is getting so ridiculous now, that I think it will eventually implode on itself...at least I hope it does.
 

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I think the best way to attack the rudeness in social media is to ignore it. Let rude people argue with rude people, and let the rest of us ignore their comments.
 

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Another example of the of political correctness is the recently developed idea of "cultural appropriation." I have actually seen people on television say that American women should not wear hooped ear rings because that is something specific to Africa.

My wife is a cultural anthropologist. According to her all cultures appropriate. That is how they change and adapt to a changing environment. But now it seems a few have decided that no one is allowed to wear anything unless they were born into that tribe.

Take this example, a young girl is heavily criticized for wearing a traditional, Chinese cheongsam dress to her senior prom. The thought police were all over it yelling about cultural appropriation. She was even called a closet racist. But it appears her biggest supporters are the actual Chinese.
Utah teen shamed over 'racist' prom dress wins praise in China | Fox News

It seems we have gotten to a point in this country where people have to make up stuff to be offended about.
 
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That's why I voted for Trump!!! He says it like it is!!! If you're fat, then your fat! If you're dumb, you're dumb! If you're gay, you're gay!
 

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I think the best way to attack the rudeness in social media is to ignore it. Let rude people argue with rude people, and let the rest of us ignore their comments.
For some reason, rudeness seems to be more socially acceptable than in the past. Case in point, the White House Correspondence Dinner. Although that seems to have gone past even what seems to be acceptable today.

That's why I voted for Trump!!! He says it like it is!!! If you're fat, then your fat! If you're dumb, you're dumb! If you're gay, you're gay!
Trump is without a doubt one of the rudest and most obnoxious people to have run for office in a very long time. I, like 47% of Indiana Republican primary voters, voted against Trump. I voted for him in the general election... No that isn't entirely true. I voted to keep Hillary Clinton and her leftist, socialist policies out of the White House in the general election.
 

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I'd rather hear the truth and get offended. Don't sugar coat it, when someone is "politically correct" you know they're full of **** and won't say what they really think, so how can you trust them in the first place?
 

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It's all BS. All of this **** has given me the attitude now of "**** everybody." If you don't like what I say or what I do, **** Off, I don''t give a **** anymore. It's a crappy attitude to have but now days you can't do anything, whether or not it is your intention, that won't offend some pussy ass whiner. So be it. If you are offended, that's on you now, I really don't care about your feelings anymore.
 

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If you are offended, that's on you now, I really don't care about your feelings anymore.
Are you saying that you would attack a teenage girl for wearing a Chinese dress to her high school prom? That you really don't care about hurting her feelings, or destroying her evening? Is that the type of person you think you are?
 

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Manufactured outrage. It's working, as can be seen in this thread. Offended by people being offended. One dude who is a racist dipshit anyway(the person who posted that nonsense on twitter - his other posts saying a bunch of racist ****) ironically acting like he gives a **** about cultural appropriation. 24 hour news cycle doesn't have enough content to fill the gaps so they pick this up and act like it's a big deal.

Boom! Now it's a big deal.

Ignore, move on. The world of social media is not the real world. Just loud retards making it seem that way.
 

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Ignore, move on. The world of social media is not the real world. Just loud retards making it seem that way.
I agree. It is not the real world. But many young people who grew up with the internet think it is. I have read a couple of articles about young people killing themselves because of things said in social media.

Perhaps its because I grew up in a different time but a little common courtesy goes a long way. Even on social media.
 

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I agree. It is not the real world. But many young people who grew up with the internet think it is. I have read a couple of articles about young people killing themselves because of things said in social media.

Perhaps its because I grew up in a different time but a little common courtesy goes a long way. Even on social media.
Oh man, that's a whole 'nother depressing topic in regards to social media.

I grew up before Facebook and was going into adulthood during the MySpace era. I was bullied a bit until I was like a sophomore in high school until I learned to just laugh it off and find better people to surround myself with.

I can't even imagine being in that age of hormonal craziness and being someone that is bullied relentlessly and then being unable to escape it even at home as your bullies can continue to harass you through text messages or facebook or email or whatever. It really doesn't surprise me that kids are committing suicide over that sort of harassment. At that age, you're really not mentally equipped to deal with that **** unless you've lived through some horrific trauma already and came out the other side stronger. (and we all know middle schoolers are literally satanic, demonic little shitfucks)

Social media should have been an amazing way to allow people across the globe to understand one another. Instead, it's just turned into a toxic wasteland thanks to ingrained tribalism of humanity.

Everyone has the power to shape what they see on social media and avoid this **** and make it an actual useful tool, but human curiosity and an instinctive desire to chase an exciting endorphin-release through being an anonymous asshole to someone you've never met makes a lot of social media websites a shitshow.

My Facebook is tailored to seeing pictures of friends and family living their life and showing what they do as they grow with kids, etc. As soon as someone starts posting some ranting, asinine political bullshit, they get removed from my view. Luckily, all of my closest friends and family are all level-headed and use it the same way as me, so it's not often I have to be annoyed by people I love.
 

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Are you saying that you would attack a teenage girl for wearing a Chinese dress to her high school prom? That you really don't care about hurting her feelings, or destroying her evening? Is that the type of person you think you are?
No, not at all. I still have what I call mindfulness of others. It used to mean that I would always watch what I say or do as to not offend anyone. But nowadays there is always going to be someone who gets offended regardless of your intention. Someone will always take your actions or what you say out of context and twist into something you didn't mean. So I still try not to offend people but if they do take offense for something that I didn't mean as offensive, **** 'em. That's their problem and not mine. It is so common for people to get offended now that it has taken the emphasis away from it. It used to be a big deal to me but now it isn't because no matter what you say or do, someone will find fault in it. So I still try to be mindful of others but if they don't see it that way, I don't care.
 
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