WARNING! This Blog May Offend You
Warning! This Blog May Offend You
That was what I almost titled my blog yesterday. But after careful cosideration, I didn’t because I didn't find it to be anymore offensive than most of my other posts. Besides, I thought Warning! Say No To *** ******! was a far funnier title.
The post garnered ten recs in a matter of hours. Everything seemed to be going well. People were laughing and joking around with me in the comments (which I always greatly appreciate when I post my comedic satire blogs).
I went to sleep. I woke up. I hit the refresh button…
WTF? I hit refresh again. I wanted to know how many recs I had gotten (shameful, I know), and perhaps see more witty comments from my readership. But instead, I found that my post had been removed. Let me rephrase that.
My post had been CENSORED!
Naturally, this came as a shock to me. I knew of only one other incident of a blog post being removed. It was a post by DownWithInfidels which was extremely racist toward the Jewish nation. I didn’t necessarily agree with TMF taking the post down, but nevertheless I could see their reasons. DownWithInfidels (to my knowledge) was not joking when he made racist/anti-american/anti-capitalism/terroristic type comments. Some people thought his comments were amusing, but even so, he wasn’t kidding.
I’m not saying that TMF wasn’t within its rights to remove his post (or mine) as this is their website and if they choose they can remove any post. In fact, I’m sure it’s in the Terms of Agreement (although I never read those things).
What is shocking to me is that TMF would remove my post. It was clearly a joke, and not a great deal more offensive than my posts mocking Obama’s Heroin Hope or where I suggest people Invest in Heroin…or my advocation that people STOP PAYING TAXES, or how about where I had Santa Claus drop the F bomb!
Certainly, some of these posts must have offended someone? Yet, they were not removed. Perhaps, these posts merely went unnoticed, and now that I have brought them to TMF's attention and I will later find them removed and myself banned from blogging.
I hope not. I enjoy blogging. I am thrilled when I can make even one person laugh or think.
So, why then was my blog removed? Here is the reason I was given by TMF:
The following was removed. Although it has its humorous elements, it is offensive to a significant portion of our members.
So, there you have it folks. Offensive to a significant portion of our members…
I honestly don’t know what that means. I don’t know which parts were too offensive, and which parts were just offensive enough to be funny. Perhaps, the entire thing every line was offensive?
I know one thing. I would hate to have that guy’s job. Can you imagine if you job was to stop the free flow of ideas? Even worse, having to make a judgment call on what was offensive to a significant portion of our members. How much is significant? One, two, 1/3rd , ½? Was I reported by someone? Did someone take the time to click on my blog (after reading the title), read my blog, decide they were offended and then go to the effort of reporting me to TMF?
How does that person survive on a daily basis? Do they not watch television or listen to the radio? They apparently browse the internet and trust me it’s not the best place to hang out if you never want to be offended.
Can you imagine if the Fool pulled everything that offended even one person? Sorry Bravo you can’t post about Christianity, people might be offended. After all, people have burned Bibles before. Now do not misunderstand. I am not trying to elevate my writing to the same level as The Bible, but my point stands. Who decides where we stop censorship. I didn’t post a pornographic picture! I posted words words words! Perhaps, the only tool left in the English language which still allows for people to say anything (outside of screaming fire in a crowded building).
This isn’t TMF I know. The one I knew allowed people to pretty much say anything outside of all out racism, especially, if it was obvious that it was in good fun. And mine even came with a valid point!
So, I am going to try and beat the system. I have put my blog in goggle docs and I am making it available to anyone who wished to decide for themselves what they think about it.
I am fully disclosing to you that if you are easily offended then DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK.
NOTE: It is my hope that TMF will not pull this blog since I linked it elsewhere and warned people not click it. But I don’t know if that makes it alright or not. I’m not the judge of such things, and if ever offered such a job, I would emphatically refuse.
And if you feel so inclined, you may rec this (hopefully) non-offensive blog. Hey, since I lost all those recs from yesterday it’s only fair…
And for the not easily offended who enjoy sophomoric humor and satire with a purpose, then I must warn you:
You may laugh!