Re: Did anyone watch the Jay Glazer interview with Richie Incognito?
posted at 11/11/2013 1:36 PM EST
In response to MattC05's comment:
In response to shenanigan's comment:
Its exactly this statement (that I underlined) that is scary. Perhaps you don't see how having your behavior and words dictated to you by some authority is a totalitarian idea used throughout history by brutal dictators to criminalize ideas they disagreed with. Again, they put freedom of speech in the constitution for a reason.
The standard has already been set at what offends. Outside of totalitarian efforts against the constitution you cannot go further. You cannot ban words or ideas. There is no reason why your idea of what is acceptable is any more correct then someone else's idea. The idea of which words are "bad" or "good" is completely arbitrary and varies from person to person.
Shen, I really don't understand how you can operate in this world if standards of behavior are so scary and incomprehensible to you.
The main problem in the Dolphins locker room seems to be lack of leadership. It appears neither Ireland nor Philbin have ANY clue what's going on in there. RICHIE INCOGNITO was on their "leadership council."
Even before this whole thing, he was possibly the most despised player in the league. And not in the Rodney Harrison-sense of "he's so good and nasty on the field, that opponents hate him but his teammates love him." In the sense of "he's just plain nasty and has no moral compass." Incognito is the one who seemed to set the acceptable standard of behavior in that locker room. Incognito should NEVER be the arbiter of what is or isn't acceptable. If Richie Incognito is your locker room leader, you're going to have a bad time.
Is it okay to call someone a queer? Is it okay if there's a show called queer eye for the straight guy that was beamed into everyones living room for years? How about when two girls call each other b******. Clearly context matters, words don't matter. As I've said, you don't get to decide which words offend other people, only which words offend you.
You are missing the point, RI is not the arbiter of what's acceptable except to himself. It's clear RI threw around the N word in the locker room, and so did his teammates including Martin. But they've come out and said they support him didn't don't believe he's racist (including the black players). Who are you to tell them how they feel? Now you may disagree, you may think they should be offended, and if you we're in that locker room you may have been offended but- you don't matter. Your not in charge of who gets offended over what in places you don't work. It's not clear Martin found the word offensive, or the killing jokes offensive. If he did, then it's bizarre to participate. We haven't heard from Martin so we just don't know.