Friday, March 20, 2009

Seriously, get over yourselves – it was a JOKE

Last night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, President Obama briefly referred to his dismal bowling skills as slowly but surely improving, saying his average is now at about 129 at the White House. Amidst the laughter and one-liners, he commented, probably without thinking, that it was 'like the Special Olympics or something'. No boos from the audience.

Ever since, he's suddenly been drawing surprisingly large amounts of ire, boos and disapproval from all over the place, as much from supporters as opponents, for his one single little comment. Here's just one of the many news reports about poor little physically or mentally handicapped 'heroes' of the stupid Special Olympics 'giving him pointers' (seriously, I've read like half a dozen such articles today.)

I've only got one thing to say to all those who are pissed at Obama's remark: GROW UP. Get over yourselves. It was a JOKE, a harmless joke, and most of the time, jokes are actually MEANT to be derogatory or demeaning to a person or party. Saying his bowling skills were like "the Special Olympics or something" has absolutely nothing that's so horribly offensive or insulting in it, so really, people need to just shut up and take it with a smirk.

Seriously, when no-one can take a joke anymore, you know the world's getting far to bleeding easy and soft on people. Cater to everyone's desires and wishes! Who cares if it turns them into spineless cowards who can't take a joke, it makes them comfortable! This is one of the reasons for my contempt for inane crap like the Special Olympics; any other time people making jokes about disabled folks is irrelevant and boring, but suddenly when they can run real fast or lift real heavy weights or throw a bowl into some pins, any jokes against them is criminally offensive.

Babies, those whiners are. (Now go ahead, yell at me for being so mean and/or insensitive.)


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