Monday, March 26, 2012

F**K!

I don't really know why, but somehow this is the last straw.

This past weekend was the Reason Rally. A gathering of atheists and non-believes with the expressed purpose of encouraging others to come out as atheists, dispel stereotypes, and work towards legislative equality.

I'm not surprised that people have negative things to say about this gathering. However, there's just too much wrong with this article to just let it go. So let's get to business tearing this apart, shall we?

Minchin was a paid performer who spoke and sang onstage for more than 20 minutes. The Australian entertainer, not exactly known for his civility, dropped more that 75 f-bombs in that interval. Minchin’s performance was in the middle of the National Mall and in front of some estimated 10,000 people.

If you haven't heard of the lovely Tim Minchin yet, then you are really missing out. He has talent, wit, and a brilliant sense of humor. And I have to say that I am so proud that he choose to play the "Pope Song" at the Reason Rally. I was worried that he wouldn't have the audacity to say "fuck the pope" that many times at this venue. But of course, he did. Check out the animated version of the song here.

Unfortunately, some people totally missed the point. All they heard was the word "fuck" and they could hear no more. Let's start with the idea that the word "fuck" is offensive.

Fuck.

It's just a word. People are the ones who give it power. Much like ideas that people hold sacred. But just because you hold an idea sacred or feel that a word is dirty, doesn't mean other people have to.

I understand that some people may find the word offensive. However, if you write a whole article about how the word offended you and how you fear for the children, then you really missed the fucking point of this song. Here is the lyrics from the very end of the song. Something the article author chose not to draw any attention to.

If this motherfucking stupid fucking song offended you,
With its filthy fucking language and its fucking direspect,
If it made you feel angry, go ahead and write a letter,
But if you find me more offensive than the fucking possibility
The pope protected priests when they were getting fucking fiddly
Then listen to me motherfucker - this here is a fact,
You are just as morally misguided as that motherfucking,
Power-hungry, self-aggrandized bigot in the stupid fucking hat.
The whole point of the song is to show you what you SHOULD be offended about. The author of the article is so concerned about what children are hearing that they fail to be concerned about real and actual abuse.

This whole article takes one performance entirely out of context and uses it to say, "ah ha! You atheists are all scum. Just like we thought you were." Never mind what Tim actually says and does. Never mind what individual atheists say or think. The author and the comments are full of comments like this.

It was the “Reason Rally”, it represented the reason why you should keep your kids away from all liberals and atheist.
This one is rather tame, but the conclusion drawn here is ludicrous. Many of the comments even compared Tim Minchin to the Devil! I don't know how this jump is made. Only a truly deluded person could hear someone say "fuck" a few times, in defense of child rape victims, and conclude that this person is evil incarnate. How out of alignment is these people's moral compass.

All I know is that it's a damn shame for someone to hear that song and think that the thing that should offend them is a harmless word, rather then the abuse of countless children. And then they have the gale to claim that the people at this rally are ignorant and vile. What a bunch of self-righteous, tribalistic wankers.