Despicable Tweets

The explanation for my depression.
Updated as often as I can bear.
Follow @DespicableTs on Twitter for more.

I’m behind on bringing this up, but John McCain, senator and one-time presidential candidate, made this tweet, implying that the President of Iran is a monkey.  After some agitated feedback, he responded by pointing out that it was a joke.  Well, duh.

The problem isn’t that McCain’s made a joke — although I do think it a bit impolitic for a senior senator to openly belittle a sitting head of state, even if that head of state totally sucks.  The problem is the joke’s content and the history it interacts with.  Hocine Dimerdji explained the point well:


I don’t personally think that McCain tweeted this maliciously, unlike many of the people who pop up on this blog.  But he illustrates an important point: it is easy to be racist (or any other kind of offensive) without realizing it. And when that happens, it isn’t enough to just say that it wasn’t offensive; if someone finds something offensive, it is, regardless of intent.

(That’s not to say, of course, that something can’t be more offensive when it’s intentional. Nor should everything offensive be rescinded — the offensiveness of a statement must be weighed against its purpose.  My favorite example of this is Joe Welch’s cutting “Have you no sense of decency?" to Joe McCarthy during the Army-McCarthy hearings. Doubtless this is an offensive statement, and yet it is one of the most important in American history.)

  1. diavalfucker reblogged this from despicabletweets
  2. popelizbet reblogged this from despicabletweets
  3. tawdryplaza reblogged this from despicabletweets
  4. classybedtrack reblogged this from despicabletweets
  5. deepfriedpolice reblogged this from chloe7yay
  6. citrusbergamia reblogged this from tomfjord
  7. tomfjord reblogged this from chloe7yay
  8. wakeyopunkazzup reblogged this from despicabletweets and added:
    holy shit.
  9. rocmegamanx reblogged this from despicabletweets
  10. electricpresidentofficial reblogged this from despicabletweets
  11. chloe7yay reblogged this from despicabletweets
  12. despicabletweets posted this