America the Offended: I’m Offended That You’re Offended By Me Being Offended

paula deen offended americaFor nearly a hundred years, America has been known as “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” thanks to Francis Scott Key’s ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ which became our national anthem in 1931. 

However, in more recent years, America has become not only the land of the free, but also the land of the perpetually offended.

Please don’t say “Merry Christmas” — it’s offensive. Please don’t state your opinion on gay marriage, or other social & political issues — it’s offensive. And religion? Oh hell no — don’t even think about it, because, you guessed it — it’s offensive. In Europe, they actually make fun of us for causing such a big scene over “silly” issues, such as displaying Christmas trees on public property.

A few days ago, I came across an article about how Target publically apologized for labeling a dress in their plus-size section as “Manatee Gray.” Apparently, a large group of people were offended by Target’s blatant comparison of plus-size women to manatees, which, just FYI, is also known as the “sea cow.” …Moooooo. Just kidding, that’s offensive.

Forget the fact that the dress itself was a similar (aka identical) color to that of a manatee, hence the term ‘manatee gray,’ no, Target was clearly trying to offend all its plus-size customers who were in the market for a gray maxi dress. Shame on you, Target, your actions are inexcusable…now apologize to the manatees/sea cows.

The examples of when and how Americans have been getting offended in recent years could fill a book (Paula Deen, Juan Pablo Galavis, etc.) and I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of it. There’s a fine line between being reasonably politically correct and absurdity…but don’t tell the manatees that — they’re still upset. 

Let’s examine the situation that unfolded last month when Phil Robertson, from A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” was quoted in a GQ interview stating his negative views on homosexuality. The entire country was in an uproar; some were mortified over the things he said, while others applauded him.

I’m not going to get into what I thought about his comments, but the thing that really got me was the fact that people seemed to be actually surprised by his response. I mean, sure, I can understand why it made people upset, but surprised? Really? What did you honestly think a 67-year-old, openly devout Christian man from the woods of Louisiana would say when asked about homosexuality? …”Being gay is perfectly fine. In fact, I wish I was gay! #TeamGay yay”…not a chance.

Since when did America become a place where you can’t be open about your beliefs? Whether or not those beliefs are considered as socially acceptable by the masses shouldn’t be an issue. I mean, isn’t that the point of living in a democratic country? No matter how badly you might want the United States to be a politically correct utopia, it’s never going to happen.

Achieving a perfect state of political correctness is an absurd ideology that the mainstream media uses as a bedtime story for those who cannot grasp the concept of someone not agreeing with them.

There will always be people who celebrate Christmas and use the term “Merry Christmas.” There will always be those who hate, or disapprove of gay people. There will always be people who don’t vote for the same political party as you do and there will always be people who go to a different church than you (or not at all, for that matter).

The only thing you’re achieving when you get offended by the slightest things (i.e. Target comparing you to an aquatic mammal, seeing a Christmas tree at the city park, etc.) is elevated blood pressure and/or a bad case of heartburn. My advice to you is quite simple…get over it. If you think you look comparable to a sea cow, do something about it — perhaps changing your diet, or exercising more would suffice.

Instead of exploding from ridiculous levels of being offended, look at the situation and change how you feel about it. You’ll never convince everyone in the United States that they should be Christian, nor will you convince everyone that being gay is acceptable.

What you should be doing (if you find yourself getting offended by a number of things in your environment) is surrounding yourself with people who love and care about you. Concentrate on the positive and focus your energy away from trying to make the world a politically correct place because that’s just not going to happen.

America the Offended: It’s Time We Got Over It

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  1. Nate! Where have you been? I’ve been a bit concerned. Maybe I just haven’t been receiving your emails when you publish. Well, got one this time. America is easily offended. The funny part is, I always thought it was not people offended by “Merry Christmas” but rather “Happy Holidays” — as in everyone should say “Merry Christmas” instead so as to not be overly politically correct. I say people should say whatever they want: “Merry Christmas”, “Happy Hanukkah”, “Happy Kwanzaa”, “Happy New Year”, “Happy Holidays”,etc. I agree with you on the Duck Dynasty thing. No one should be surprised there. What I found offensive about the whole thing was that people actually thought the guy should be free from repercussion for his statements. Hell no. The world doesn’t work like that. You say some ignorant ish on TV, and things don’t remain the same for you. It is your absolute right to say whatever you want (God bless this country for that!), but it doesn’t mean your actions don’t come without consequences. I think it’s important for us to be sensitive to others. I don’t think it’s OK for us to feel personally attacked by everything people do and say (Like with the Target thing. But seriously, manatee gray? C’mon Target. Dumb.) One thing I’m unwilling to compromise on, though, and that’s use of the word “retarded” to mean stupid or dumb or to demean someone with cognitive or physical disabilities. I draw the line at that one. ;)
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    • Lol yeah well I’m sure people will always be offended no matter what you say…”Merry Christmas,” or “Happy Holidays.” The thing I find ridiculous is that even my friends who are Jewish don’t have a problem with people telling them “Merry Christmas” — it’s just a part of the holiday season in America. Of course I will tell them “Happy Hanukkah” if I see them during the holiday season, but still they don’t cause a ruckus about it like the overly politically correct do. And EXACTLY, about the whole “Duck Dynasty” fiasco…Phil Robertson did say some offensive things and should face the consequences of his words by anyone who may have been hurt by what he said. We are all responsible for what comes out of our mouth, but he doesn’t seem to be at all shaken by the reaction and, apparently, isn’t backing down by apologizing. While I may not agree with what he said or how he said it, I do respect the fact that he stood his ground and didn’t back down. It was his opinion and he is/was willing to face the backlash from it. I can’t stand when people don’t have a backbone and run away with their tail between their feet whenever things get tough. We do need to be sensitive towards others, but there’s a fine line between being sensitive and walking on eggshells…and I don’t like the sound of walking on eggshells ;)

  2. Nate, you bring up some good points, and I agree that people should just CHILL OUT. Here’s my take on it – the media is a huge reason why there is such hysteria of seemingly meaningless issues. For example A major news network will devote 2 hours and bring on a panel of 10 experts to analyze why Target called their clothing Manatee Grey – or devote an entire evening of programming to analyze why a mom and pop store in Timbuktu County in the Middle of nowhere dared to place an ad in the Messenger Shopper Gazette wishing people a (egads) Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas.(all for ratings) I agree – there are so many other things in the world to focus our time and energy. Have you ever watched The Daily Show? I love it, Jon Stewart makes me laugh!! And while I admit he leans liberal, his goal is to point out and poke fun at the absurd in politics and the media.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Take care,
    PS – Am I terrible because I thought the manatee thing was funny?

    • The media loves a good quasi-sensational story — it pays the bills. I love the Daily Show and John Stewart! He’s great. It’s a shame that those major news outlets can’t find a more productive way to spend their energy.

      P.S. No, you’re not at all terrible. I felt the exact same way ha.

  3. Great article, Nate. Although as a manatee-sized, atheist lesbian, I am considering being offended. Oh, fuck it…
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  4. James R. Johnson says:

    I’ll just say this for the record. I’m not the least offended by this article. I agree with it completely. The U.S.A. has gone bananas, whacko, crazy, and it is getting worse each day. Reason has died, stupidity reigns supreme.

  5. I grew up in an age where it was perfectly acceptable for white kids to close their eyes, run into you and say, “can’t see a Nigger in the dark,”
    It is one thing to give an old codger room for his opinion; it’s quite another to stand asside and quietly observe a group of children corner one of their peers and chant “Faggot Faggot, Prissy little Faggot.” That happened when I was growing up.
    It’s not to be “PC” that we as a culture started to focus on words people say. Words are the actions which preceded violence.

  6. Spot on. However, if you are making lots and lots of money based on how the public perceives you, ya might wanna watch what you say. If you care about the money, that is.

  7. I’m so tired of it too. But, that’s what our two political parties are about now…only extremely private and sensitive social issues that only cause fights, sensitivity and no-win situations, except they can keep us very distracted, while dipping their hands in our pockets. It’s very clever on their part, and all of us fighting are completely suckered. That’s my take on it, and of course the lawyers are to blame, because you can get money out of people with deep pockets, if you can prove damages. Did you ever notice that lawyers and politicians are the same people, mostly?;) Glad to see you, by the way!
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