“There’s this issue you’re not allowed to discuss: that women are needy. Men can go for longer, more happily, without women. That’s the truth. We don’t, as little boys, play at being married - we try to avoid it for as long as possible. Meanwhile women are out there hunting for husbands.
The world is vastly counted in favour of men at every level - except if you live in a civilised country and you’re sort of educated and middle-class, because then you’re almost certainly junior in your relationship and in a state of permanent, crippled apology. Your preferences are routinely mocked. There’s a huge, unfortunate lack of respect for anything male.”
— Steven Moffat, in The Scotsman
So, yeah, this guy showruns one of the most popular television shows in our country, predominantly aimed at children.
This is a case when it is important to have all the information before getting offended and demonizing someone over a quote you found on the internet.
Even if he did say this… I don’t care for people losing all respect for a man who may have said something stupid 7 years ago. I’ve said many stupid things in that period of time. I am enlightened constantly and as I develop more understanding I alter my views and perceptions. Are others not capable of that?
If you look at the notes in this post, people are completely outraged. This seven year old “quote” was enough to throw out every action and character trait that people have personally witnessed in countless other interviews. This seven year old quote was enough to cast this man as an evil sexist. The overall content of one’s character is what should be judged.
This hits home for me because I got a lot of hate for reblogging a funny picture of a cute dog wanting humans to stop wearing silly costumes for Halloween. People who did not know a thing about me accused me of being racist. That one action was enough for them to determine I was privileged and intolerant.
Lately I feel like people are just seeking things to be outraged about. They set their sensitivities to 11 and cry foul at every turn. You are diluting the power of calling something out as racist or sexist or intolerant. When there is an actual malevolent misdeed, it could easily be ignored because of this. We need to use more common sense when picking our battles.
Humor is not politically correct. It will never be. It never should be. There are lines that should not be crossed, but making light of political frustrations and social issues is not a bad thing. Humor is a tool that can be used to help make these things easier to talk about. To bridge gaps and bring people together. To encourage discussion and debate. If I ever make a mistake with my humor and cross a line, I’m hoping that most of you will give me a chance to learn from that mistake and apologize before writing me off completely. In the next seven years, we are all going to say something stupid. I am no exception.
In conclusion, I ask you to always look for context. Do a little research before you believe something like this. And remember that responding to ignorance with animosity is not very productive. If someone says something you disagree with, try talking to them like a human being first. Perhaps all they need is a proper point of view set before them. And if they turn out to just be a giant fartnugget… give them a finger and go about your day.