Friday, March 25, 2011

Blogger Makes Completely Libelous Charge of Racism, More Importantly: Misuses Irony

Famed blogger Murray Chass has written a blog post on his blog attacking Stan Musial for having a racist restaurant policy 50 years ago, a charge even the son of the alleged victim has roundly refuted. We won't dwell on refuting that since most everyone on the internet with a brain has tackled Chass's blogging ignorance and insistence on reusing a source that he's already admitted needs to be fact-checked much better (that's bloggers for you!).

No, this is FJayM--we're much much more interested in nitpicking people's use of the term "ironic" (or "literally"):

The word ironic is overused, but it would seem to me we could consider it ironic that the nation’s first black president awards the nation’s highest civilian honor to someone who discriminated against blacks.

Lol. This reminds me of the Lionel Hutz quotation from the Simpsons:

Homer, I don't use the word "hero" very often, but you are the greatest hero in American history.



Biggus Rickus said...

I just want to give props for a Simpsons reference and not that Chass is a fucking idiot.

On a side note, what would be the word for a black President honoring someone who was a racist when racism was acceptable? Normal? I mean, Woodrow Wilson was a racist asshole, but his internationalism was certainly influential in Obama's stated foreign policy goals. I'm overthinking this.

Biggus Rickus said...


Chris W said...

That's an interesting question. I don't know what they would call it, but it's certainly more or less S.O.P.

I hope it's clear that I don't mean to make apologies for racists, even those from a completely racist culture, but it's in some ways kind of unfair to expect people from the 20-60's to have been actively anti-racist. Maybe not unfair, but you get the point. If in fact they went out of their way to be racist, judge away, sure. But just because they might have maybe harbored some views that maybe in this day and age we might have considered to be racist when those views were pretty much held unquestioned by the majority of society? I don't kind of just was the way things were, no?

We still have awards named after Kenesaw Mountain Landis, don't we?