http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-...ons-unanswered"Ignorance is not an excuse" were the words Goodell used when describing why those involved in the Saints bounty scandal would not avoid punishment.
Although it apparently didnt last long. Still loving how members from the party of personal responsibility can only blame everyone else.
Does anyone have a rule book they can lend me? Back in my day, something was either offensive or it wasn't......and there were no real degrees unless you called a triple dog dare........
Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life
If I walk into a room full of my male football buddies and someone isn't drinking and say "pull the tampon out of you C" it isn't going to offend anyone (at least not my friends) but if I say that to my woman, I'm sleeping on the couch.
Of course there is "varying degrees" of offensiveness. This is the real world. Things have happened to certain groups of individuals. There actually has been wide spread discrimination in the history of humanity. Calling someone a jerk is not the same as calling someone the N word and suggesting they are a "porch monkey who needs to go back to working the field". I recently read an article about how a President(or prime minister or whatever the title was) was ordering his government to create a list of anyone who is Jewish in an effort to crackdown on the "Jew terrorists". As a good number of the citizens are holocaust survivors this has people offended and more than a little scared.
Lets not pretend like discrimination is some newfangled contraption that progressives made to confuse the common man and "back in the day" everyone got offended by the same words. Some words have historical context to them that individuals find more offensive. Heck, even with our first amendment rights, "Hate Speech" can be considered against the law in certain circumstances. Personally, i think there is alot of merit to those that believe we are to sensative and not everything is an insult. There was a debate on this forum recently about the word "retard", its widespread usage, and its social context. I know homosexuals also have been fighting against the stereotype associated with the word "gay". Most of those things make me roll my eyes(despite seeing they to have a point, i just dont care enough about the problem at hand). But to suggest that all negative comments are the same is incorrect.
Our history is littered with discrimination, as supposedly evolved and civilized people we should attempt to be above throwing that history in peoples faces. Unless its really funny of course.....
Offense is taken, never given. People would do well to remember that.
lol is someone in this thread really trying to defend calling a black person a monkey???? am i reading this right?
A) the "nature" of the joke. Is there actual hate behind it? If so then...
B) The person the joke is directed at.
I have a few friends that I will say almost anything to and it can be racial, sexist, heritage related, whatever. But theres no hate behind it and we know each other well enough to know where the line is. Whats appropriate to tell my friend is totally different than whats appropriate for someone I dont know as well.
With those tweets I think its pretty clear that there is actually hate behind the "jokes" and so it definitely crosses a line.