You never notice quiet morons do you?

18 11 2011

It’s funny how stories are connected by a third party. For example two issues on which I wrote recent posts (the racist abuse of Stan Collymore  and the misappropriation and misinterpretation of the poppy.) became connected the other day thanks to the plague of stupidity infecting twitter.

Earlier this week Stan Collymore made the following reasonable point on his twitter feed;

“The FA. Brought out The PM & William to support the poppy. Brought out a temp typing a one line statement to denounce racism Enough said.”

Here’s what some pricks wrote in response;

Connor McQueenie – “safe to say you’re a knob. Comparing something that rarely happens with respecting soldiers past and present. #prick.

jon rekert – “why can’t the all knowing Stan educate us? I repeat, what part of black idiot do you find offensive/racist?

Peter James – “this issue is small in comparison to our fallen heroes, stans being ridiculous”

jay logan – “people are getting carried away. Racism is not a massive issue in football. #didntbangonlikethiswhenplaying.

There was a clear winner in the “Incoherent” category;

Liam O’Connor – “comparing a problem like racism to people dying to protect our country is a disgrace – its words and wrong, but not death!”

There was a clear winner in the “Disgusting Stupidity” category;

Akins1878 – “ur a joke u boy. if u werent a weird mixed race muppet u wudnt be bothered aba racism. more imprtant than ww2? get a grip”

As an aside here, I’ve tried to think about the phrase “Get a Grip” a lot but I still can’t understand what the fuck it means. When people insist that you “Get a grip” what exactly are you supposed to get a grip of? Do they mean literally or metaphorically? Are they taking about a door handle, or the edge of a seat, or table? Are they talking about their stupidity? Are they talking about their throat?

You just can’t beat cunts like this can you? They think that by ending their views with something so very pithy they will win an argument. They appear to think that their view is humanity’s definitive view on a subject. Remarks like this are just Pavlovian responses because they can’t be bothered, or simply can’t, explain their ideas clearly enough. It becomes evident that they can’t explain themselves properly as soon as you question them; they’ll just insult you.

The responses Collymore received can be taken as another shocking indictment of Modern Britain, as Phillipe Auclair tweeted,

“I hope someone is collecting the tweets received by @StanCollymore. Fascinating stuff for future social historians. Pretty scary for us now”

It’s perfectly reasonable to make a connection between anti-racism and the remembrance of past events, the people lambasting Collymore simply haven’t got a clue what they’re talking about, they’re just plain wrong. Both anti-racism and remembrance should have a central place in modern British society. The poppy and anti-racism are inextricably connected because the second world war involved the defeat of a racist and xenophobic ideology.

The morons lambasting Collymore should consider why the first legal document in history to mention basic human rights, the United Nations’ Universal declaration of Human Rights, was written in 1945. By writing the document the world was expressing their revulsion of the Nazi’s racially based atrocities.

The responses to Collymore’s statement reinforce everything that I wrote in those two posts. Some people unable to think before speaking and the right wing press have successfully connected the symbol poppy to a sense of British triumphalism in a way that by-passes rational thought.

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28 11 2012
A recurring theme, sadly « Llandudno Jet Set

[…] The trouble happens because three ideas interconnect; 1) Twitter allows easy contact between people. 2) Twitter forces people to condense ideas in to 140 characters 3) When the Banter Bus is rolling no emotive subject is off limits. When the three ideas interconnect horribly two things happen clinical insults are issued as words have no power and people look callous and abnoxious, as Stan Collymore found out. […]

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