Tuesday, February 06, 2007

The Snicker Ad Blowup

Gay commentator Wayne Besen joined the outcry against the Snicker's Super Bowl ad in his blog. To be honest, I feel as if homosexuals have "arrived" as a minority because we can get ourselves into an uproar over something so pointless. Anyway, I posted a comment to his blog, so I might as well post it here as well:

The furor over this kind of bugs me, particularly the calls for boycotts, et al. The hypersensitive victim mentality adopted by a lot of minorities is nothing more than the knee-jerk reaction of the undiscerning. Something can be silly and ignorant (or in this case, pathetically anachronistic) without being an attack, and minorities always need to pick their battles. You will never find something in the mainstream media that doesn't offend someone somewhere. I truly believe that when you create an atmosphere where everyone is so afraid of saying something offensive, you stifle honest discourse which would actully further a group's cause. Honest discourse involves people presenting conflicting views and seeking common ground, not simply dining on the dictated pabulum. Save your righteous wings for higher things.


At 2:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point, and I agree. Of course, Boycotts are tedious, but they're a necessary tedium; kind of a by-product of capitalism. I suppose special-interest groups could always take the more effective route, like butchering a Dutch film-maker in the streets to stop his message, but that wouldn't be appropriate.


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