Monday, August 14, 2006

Mongo lynching?

Now, I am against Mongos as much as the next person, but I believe they should be put down humanely. There is no need to hang them, like they did to this poor bastard. "Summer camp" for Mongos, indeed. Does he look like he's having fun? They promise them a good time, they lure them in, and they string them up. What happened to painless injections?

Fat Sparrow



4 comments:

Jokemail said...

In order to get a link back from my site, all you have to do is post a comment letting me know you've linked to me. Which you have. Which is why I'm here.

I've got a slight problem here though that I hope you can help me with, and that is your use of the word Mongo. Now there are several different interpretations of the word, not least the planet that Ming the Merciless comes from. However, it looks like you're using it as a short form of Mongoloid, or in other words, in an extremely offensive way against those with Down Syndrome.

Perhaps you are ignorant of the fact that this is as offensive as it is, or maybe you're using it in a different way. I hope so.

You can delete this comment, or even better, delete this post and get back to me on my site with a simple "post deleted" and then I'll link to you.

I don't mind jokes about the differences between men and women, sily accents, religion or politics, but I draw the line here as I have a very close relative with Down Syndrome - a wonderful person who is treated badly in this sick world.

-JM-

Fat Sparrow said...

I'm not exactly sure how to reply to this; my blog makes fun of many people, with many more slaggings off set to come. If I haven't pissed off somebody yet, it's only because there are so many hours in the day, and I am just warming up. I can't apologize for offending you, because my blog is definitely going to offend someone, in one way or another, at some point in time. My husband did warn me that this post would be the one that I would get letters about. That was after he egged me on, of course, the bastard.

Obviously (considering the subject matter of my post, but it's sweet of you to assume that I'm a dumb Yank) I am aware of the meaning of the term "Mongo"; it is used interchangeably (especially over here) with several other terms, not all of which have to do with Down's syndrome.

I cannot, in good conscience, remove my post from my blog. My blog is meant to be anti-PC. If I go about removing something that offends someone, soon I won't have any content left, dammit.

It's kind of like that scene in "Three Kings," where Ice Cube's character tells the other guy off for calling Iraqi prisoners "sand niggers." -- "No, no, no, you can't call them 'sand niggers'! Use a less offensive term, like 'camel jockeys,' or 'rag heads'!" His meaning, of course, is that "sand nigger" is offensive to him, as a black person, and he doesn't give a fuck what the Iraqis are called otherwise, as he doesn't know any personally. Likewise, I can slag off Arabs, Mexicans, and the French with impunity, as they are not likely to be reading my blog, but someone out there is bound to have a gimpy relative of some kind (including me, by the way).

I am curious, though.... you have a link up to Emerald Bile, which uses the term "mong," which is just another variation of "Mongo," and she/he's done posts making fun of the Special Olympics, etc. (e.g., March 27, 2006, "Spastic Racing"; see also comments section for that post) Is there something less offensive to you about this subject matter on that blog? I'm just wondering if you've read all the posts on there, all the way through.

I would not have asked for a reciprocal link if I had not been under the impression that you would approve of an "anything goes" kind of humor.

I understand, of course, that you do not want me linked on your blog, and I can take you out of my links if that is what you would like. Please let me know. I do understand that everyone has a line in the sand, so to speak.

I would like to know your viewpoint, now that you've heard mine. Have you run across this on your blog, where someone has asked you to remove what they deem "objectionable content"? You can e-mail me at TheFatSparrow@aol.com, or you can comment here; your choice.

Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?

Fat Sparrow

Jokemail said...

I’m all for having a laugh at someone’s beliefs and attitudes, but where the line is crossed is when it dehumanises people. I know from experience that those with special needs are already fighting an uphill battle against ignorance in society. 90% of pregnancies identified as carrying children with DS are terminated these days. Regardless of what your beliefs are on abortion, people with DS are still people and have just as much right to life and can contribute just as much to society. I cannot find humour in eugenics.

I agree notions of Political Correctness can be taken too far, but then it can be taken too far if ideas of humanity are ignored. I won’t post Bernard Manning jokes on my site either. We can argue whether the line can be a bit to the right or a bit to the left, but when it comes to calling for the death of Mongs it is so far over my line that it’s not up for debate. I do not see the humour, I only see something vile.

I admit I don’t read every Emerald Bile entry, and wasn’t aware of the one you point out. I’ve now removed the link.

Oddly enough, in over a year, no one has challenged any of the jokes on my site. Guess I've been lucky. If I am challenged, I'll give it due consideration.

There’s a great deal of humour on your blog. Clearly you’re a person of wit, intelligence and insight, but on this I think you’re wrong. You link where you want to link and say what you want to say. Personally I think you’re missing something profound here and it saddens me.

-JM-

Fat Sparrow said...

Okay, I give up. We'll just have to agree to disagree. At the very least, I hope you do understand that I am not seriously (or actually) calling for people with disabilities to be euthanized.

Hell, the Cosmic Lifeguard would be blowing the whistle for half my family to get out of the gene pool.

Fat Sparrow