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Ok, with all the media frenzy over Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty, I just have to ask, how is America shocked by this?? Do none of you have grandparents?? I don’t know about you, but if you put my grandparents on National TV it would be less than 5 minutes until some race, gender, or nationality is offended. That’s not to say that my grandparents are evil racists, BY ANY MEANS, but they grew up in a different world, a world of black and white (with zero shades of grey), and no matter how much the world changes, it’s not necessarily going to change the way they thought and lived their whole lives. It may not be “right” according to society, but that’s the great thing about America – you can think and do whatever the f*ck you want, no matter what is “right”!!

Watching social media over this past year, one thing has really hit home to me… nothing you say or do on the internet is acceptable. There will always be someone somewhere who disagrees with you and saying the wrong thing can potentially bring a social media lynch mob to anyone’s doorstep (ahem, Justine Sacco). It goes back to the mentality that as a group people are stupid. Social media is the biggest and stupidest group I have ever seen. It’s an unruly mob hiding behind their computers, just spewing hatred and disorder on the world. The kicker? We have all accepted it!! The news is no longer what’s going on in the world, or with our government, no, the news is now focused on Christians that believe marriage is between a man and a woman (WHAT?!?!), or The Woman who didn’t look at herself in the mirror for a year (OH NO SHE DIDN’T?!?!) or The Tiny Puppy Who Survived a Night out in the Cold (AWW!!!). I hate to break it to you, but this my friends, is not news.

In his most recent scandalous rant Phil Robertson is heard encouraging women to marry at 15 or 16 years old. Let’s look at what we know about Phil’s beliefs. He is a devout Christian who believes that men and women should be married before they have sex. Kids are known to start having sex around 15 to 16 years old now, so in Phil’s mind’s eye, they better get married before they go poking it! I mean that’s just what you did in his generation. Really this speech is just his version of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”. If you like it then you better put a ring on it! Perhaps if Phil had The House of Dereon designing his outfit for that speech, social media would have created a funny meme about it, and we all would have had a good laugh. Instead the lynch mob went the other way on this one, tough break Phil.

I’m not sure if the government is behind Twitter, or Facebook, or Instagram, or whatever, (I mean we all know Al Gore invented the internet in general so I suppose we could blame him),but I do know that social media has created the most ignorant generation America has ever seen. As a group, America is more focused on what Kim Kardashian is wearing than what our government is doing about our national debt crisis. Our generation probably won’t be able to collect the social security we have been paying into our whole lives, and we could quite possibly be headed to a Greater than The Great Depression when we are in our forties, but I mean have you seen that SnoopyBabe cat?? It’s s’cute!!!

WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. If you don’t agree with someone, then that’s fine, but what social media has forgotten to teach its ignorant mass is R.E.S.P.E.C.T!! Even if you disagree with someone, they are still a human being entitled to their own opinion. If you don’t agree, then respectfully state your own opinion and have a civilized conversation or don’t! Maybe you will change their mind, maybe you won’t. If you don’t treat them with respect though, you will get nowhere, guaranteed.

“This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Smart words from a smart man. Happy New Year America.

Respectfully,

StLSass

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