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December 13, 2013 - 11:00 am
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I call it “Big Sorry”: the veritable industry that’s grown up around the public apology.

As Ann Coulter pointed out recently, the time has long passed for entertainers and others in the public eye to quit feeding the apology monster:

Bullying is the essence of politics for the left. They bully those they disdain, like Palin, with adolescent insults. They bully everyone with the threat of losing a career because of a word. (…)

That isn’t the rule of law; it’s the rule of bullies.

Conservatives believe people have a right to be left alone, whether from the word police, the government or delusional nuts, no matter how much they want “closure.”

Coulter is right.

As distressing as they can be, it’s not the foul-mouthed tirades of Martin Bashir or Alec Baldwin that are fraying the fragile bonds of an already divided society.

It’s the counterproductive way we “handle” these “controversial” events today:

We demand (a usually insincere) apology, often on behalf of a supposedly aggrieved “community.”

These apologies reinforce truly toxic notions, such as the very existence of “group rights,” and that free born citizens should “watch what they say” lest they lose their livelihoods at the whim of stuck up, self-appointed word police.

From Canada’s Guy Earle to more familiar names like Gilbert Gottfried, stand-up comedians¬†have been a favorite target of these “Big Sorry” bullies.

Erik Griffin doesn’t plan to be one of them.

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I checked his website; he's doomed. He is a white Hispanic.
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I learned young how little such apologies mean. Had a friend who would get lit, say something mean, then apologize the next day. Finally told her no, apology not accepted. An apology means you will attempt to avoid the same behavior in the future. It means not only accepting responsibility, but doing something about it.
If all you're going to do is continue to say & do the same things in the future, and apologize again, it means absolutely nothing.
49 weeks ago
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I have a new favorite comedian. The depressing side of it is that he couldn't get away with saying this if he were Caucasian.
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please please please do something about these ads jumping out of their borders and covering the content.

I mean you might have a point in your essay but who can tell.
At least give us a funtional printer version, that we can read
48 weeks ago
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It's hard to carve out your own niche in the crowded ecosystem of American comedy, so Griffin deserves credit for trying. It would have worked better had he actually been funny instead of just mock-"outrageous", but I guess we can't have everything.
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I'll be brief -- in Spain, when someone wants to make an ironic comment that he and an enemy/adversary will be "best of buddies" in the future (remember, ironic), it's common to say, "comeremos pollo frito juntos" ("we'll eat fried chicken together") or some variant thereof. Sergio Garcia could have explained this very common expression in Spain (don't believe it's used in Latin America), but since the PC police had already attacked, he obviously was pushed to simply apologize, which was a mistake. I lived in Spain for eight years, married a Spaniard, and she (as well as any ordinary citizen walking down the street in Madrid) could tell you the meaning of that expression.
48 weeks ago
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Fried chicken is an obvious racist statement referring to Blacks.
48 weeks ago
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Maybe I wasn't clear enough. Sergio Garcia used a word-for-word translation of the common saying in Spain that is used as I have already explained. The saying has no racial component in Spain, and fried chicken is not associated with any specific group of people in Spain.

Hope you understand now.
48 weeks ago
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Just as an example of how far we have fallen as a nation and a people:
I saw a PBS documentary tonite on a celebration in 2004 staged in Luxembourg and Belgium honoring the US veterans of the Battle of the Bulge. 100 veterans were there, all in their 80's, and they were treated wonderfully by the local people as they were honored. These were regular GI's, unassuming, very flattered, proud of their service, but did not consider themselves heroes in a fight against Fascist genocidal monsters - they just figured they had a job to do, so they did it. My mother is an Italian immigrant who lived thru WW2 in her homeland, lost family, and had first hand experience with how sweet, polite and civil the GI's were when they liberated her city. The program reduced her to tears.
And 69 years later, there are people in America who get completely twisted into a pretzel in public over the fact that Santa Claus is historically portrayed as a white man.

Think about that for a bit.
49 weeks ago
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For days of old when folks were bold
Our present trouble beckons.
Insulting lads were slapped, as cads,
And waited on by seconds.
49 weeks ago
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You're much more articulate than I am. These days when I see a male not acting like a man, my usual comment to my wife is that he hasn't been kicked in the teeth enough by life.
To my Army buddies, I usually say that he hasn't been prison-raped by life enough to be a man.
48 weeks ago
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This goes back to the Sixties, when college administrators and politicians refused to enforce codes of behavior. As soon as the were replaced by liberals, code enforcement went into overdrive.
Watch some of the Dean Martin celebrity roasts on YouTube and you'll see the latitude comedians once felt.
Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQgxS-R8TzA
Today's comedians self-censor because they've been brainwashed into believing that freedom of speech means freedom to speak what one is allowed to speak.
49 weeks ago
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Interestingly comedian Adam Carolla did something similar.
He's an atheist and uses pretty strong language...yet also does appearances with Dennis Prager.

He is one of the few atheists you'll ever meet that recognizes the benefits of the traditional family, the charity required of believers, and that even if Judaism and Christianity believe in a God who doesn't exist (in his opinion) at least they raise their kids to add to society.

Anyway Carolla bounced around on radio networks for awhile. When podcasting came along he began doing that. He is now completely listener supported and is anti-PC to the max. When the National Organization of Delicate Feelings asks him to apologize he tells them to go to hell. His listeners aren't easily offended and he can't be fired.

So in a libertarian sort of way I'm glad to say The Adam Carolla show holds the world record for most listened to podcast and he earns millions of dollars.
49 weeks ago
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We've forgotten how to laugh for fun, to not take ourselves so seriously...it's sad...
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I found most interesting that the audience did not have a clue how to respond to him... is he being straight or making fun of people who are anti-PC? Should I laugh? Boo? What will those around me think of me? His material was spotty but that's OK with a young comedian, he has potential. But his material may be way too mature and intelligent for big-city audiences that like their PC pablum served up tepid but unadulterated, and who really roar for stupid Sarah Palin and GWBush put-downs even in 2013. On Blue Collar Comedy in between Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy he would have killed.
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Agreed. A bit on the nose. He needn't say, "they're usually white liberals" merely depict one, and not use a funny "white voice" either just say what a white liberal says and contrast that with his down-to-earth reality. The material lies in the contrast between haughty pc demands and reality and the refusal to apologize for pointing that out.
48 weeks ago
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It's rare a comedian makes me laugh but he did. My impression from the brief shots of the audience is he made them think, and they got it. Deep down they knew and could relate.
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Unfortunately, more and more, conservatives do try to get in on the act of demanding apologies. It's understandable to want to hoist the libs on their own petards, but it ultimately reinforces the PC thought police. It is, however, perfectly fair and reasonable to point out the hypocrisy of the left.
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