June 04, 2003

Sgt. Stryker, on That Much-...

Here's the column in question; here's a list of 67 people to link to it (via the very useful Technorati tool). One of my big ideas in life is to devise a 20-question quiz that will pin people's ideological biases to their foreheads. One of the questions will be: "So, what's the last acceptable prejudice?"

Posted by at June 4, 2003 11:51 PM
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The last acceptable prejudice = fat people. See any movie or TV show for corraboration.

Posted by: Dave Weigel at June 5, 2003 08:30 AM

The only thing more ridiculous than the column was Glenn's posting of it. It reminded me of the shame I felt in the early '90s when Newsweek did a cover story on "The Men's Movement." Is this a demographic that needs a champion to help throw off shackles of oppression?

I can't argue with the premise that being intolerant of Republicans is bigotry in the strict sense of the word. Democrats are intolerant of Republicans that’s why they keep running candidates to oppose them in elections.

This is my favorite part of the piece:

“They are just as bigoted as the redneck I filled up my car next to last week in Pegram, Tenn., who was carrying on about the ‘fuckin' niggers.’”

Equating the phrase "asshole republican" with the phrase "fuckin' nigger" in a sentence that uses the term "redneck" is just too precious. If the worst thing someone calls you in the course of your life is “asshole Republican” you have enjoyed a charmed existence.

I can't wait for the column shaming Red Sox fans for using the term "fucking Yankees."

Posted by: Scott at June 5, 2003 08:33 AM

Smokers.
Fat smokers.
Fat catholic smokers.

Lucky me?

Let's be real: nobody I've met in America has ever asked me what foot I kick with, nor would they care one way or the other if I told them (catholics, you see, are "left-footers" and "hairy-backs" in other ).

Posted by: Hoodie Craw at June 5, 2003 08:53 AM

Fat Catholic *German* smokers, if Google is to be believed.

Posted by: Matt Welch at June 5, 2003 10:44 AM

The last acceptable prejudice: journalists. ;)

Posted by: Emily Jones at June 5, 2003 11:02 AM

"The last acceptable prejudice = fat people. See any movie or TV show for corraboration."

Or book!

Posted by: Jim Treacher at June 5, 2003 12:48 PM

Whaddaya know?

I thought Albert Einstein was jewish?

Posted by: Hoodie Craw at June 5, 2003 01:20 PM

The last acceptable prejudice is to be prejudiced against prejudiced people. Damn everyone for being intolerant of my intolerances!

Posted by: LYT at June 5, 2003 05:46 PM

Oddly enough, about half the technorati linkers appear to be liberal and leftish blogs.

Pity party?

Heh. Good one, Paul.

Posted by: Bill Quick at June 5, 2003 09:48 PM

The last acceptable prejudice online is toward fundamentalist Christians.

It's rampant, and deplorable. (And no, by the way, I'm not one.)

That said: I also found the column on Republicans whiny. It could have been salvaged by merely focusing on HYPOCRICY of people who whine about bigotry and then display it. But just whining about how awful it is? Bah.

Posted by: Dean Esmay at June 6, 2003 07:36 PM

Nuh-uh, you're all wrong. The last acceptable prejudice is blind dates. Think about it. Not only is the Blind Date Situation a staple of comedy, but this very article everyone is yacking about bears out my theory. Let's face it, if the woman in question had gone out with the writer because she had met him on her own and had a pre-conceived desire to go out with this specific guy, then she would not have felt free to just get up and leave over something as [MY OPINION]trivial[/MY OPINION] as what political party he belonged to. She would have most likely stammered "Oh -- er..." and changed the subject -- or never have brought up the charged subject of politics in the first place. But since he was just some guy she was out on a date with at the behest of others (whether friends, relatives, or a dating service), she didn't feel like she was on a "real date," and so felt free to treat this guy as something of a non-person.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at June 8, 2003 11:07 AM

The last acceptable prejudice ile prejudice is clearly against guys who wear mullets. They are openly made fun of in websites and even ad campaigns, not that there's anything wrong with that.

It's funny what Joanne said about the French, 2 years before 9/11, I went to an art-housy live-theater event, the kind I don't normally go to, back in Seattle. I was in there with all these art-housy granola and tofu eating Mcdonalds-hating liberals watching this occasionally funny performance by the Reduced Shakespeare company and they started into a song called "Everyone Hates the French". The crowd went wild. The whole theater was singing along enthusiastically. The eagerness of this crowd to pounce on a group that's okay to hate, was instructive.

Northwest Liberals generally admire everything about Euro politics and want to implement it here, socialized medicine, banning "racist speech" etc. I doubt there were 2 people in that crowd that actually felt any animosity toward France. But, the French are white and not a victim group. And they clearly were getting something they needed out of being able to say that they hate somebody, because that song lit up the crowd more than anything else that night.

Posted by: Cedar Bristol at June 9, 2003 08:51 AM

I was going to say that intellectuals are the last acceptable prejudice, but after reading the comments I see that there are a lot of acceptable prejudices left. But of course there are prejudices and then there are PREJUDICES. There have been legitimate movements to end prejudice against genuinely oppressed groups and those movements inspired a lot of other people, who merely can't stand the thought that someone might not like them, to take up "I'm a Victim" banner and demand special consideration.

Posted by: Lynn S at June 9, 2003 12:10 PM

I agree with Dean - there's a lot of blind, unreasoning hatred towards Republicans and conservatives and libertarians by people who just don't know better -- but getting drawn into an argument over whether that's "bigotry" isn't just dumb; it's playing on the other side's terms. The first rule of right-leaning blogging: only about 5-10% of what the Left does deserves outrage; the rest should mostly just be mocked.

Posted by: Crank at June 9, 2003 03:21 PM
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They are openly made fun of in websites and even ad campaigns, not that there's anything wrong with that.

It's funny what Joanne said about the French, 2 years before 9/11, I went to an art-housy live-theater event, the kind I don't normally go to, back in Seattle. I was in there with all these art-housy granola and tofu eating Mcdonalds-hating liberals watching this occasionally funny performance by the Reduced Shakespeare company and they started into a song called "Everyone Hates the French". The crowd went wild. The whole theater was singing along enthusiastically. The eagerness of this crowd to pounce on a group that's okay to hate, was instructive.

Northwest Liberals generally admire everything about Euro politics and want to implement it here, socialized medicine, banning "racist speech" etc. I doubt there were 2 people in that crowd that actually felt any animosity toward France. But, the French are white and not a victim group. And they clearly were getting something they needed out of being able to say that they hate somebody, because that song lit up the crowd more than anything else that night.

Posted by: Cedar Bristol at June 9, 2003 08:51 AM

I was going to say that intellectuals are the last acceptable prejudice, but after reading the comments I see that there are a lot of acceptable prejudices left. But of course there are prejudices and then there are PREJUDICES. There have been legitimate movements to end prejudice against genuinely oppressed groups and those movements inspired a lot of other people, who merely can't stand the thought that someone might not like them, to take up "I'm a Victim" banner and demand special consideration.

Posted by: Lynn S at June 9, 2003 12:10 PM

I agree with Dean - there's a lot of blind, unreasoning hatred towards Republicans and conservatives and libertarians by people who just don't know better -- but getting drawn into an argument over whether that's "bigotry" isn't just dumb; it's playing on the other side's terms. The first rule of right-leaning blogging: only about 5-10% of what the Left does deserves outrage; the rest should mostly just be mocked.

Posted by: Crank at June 9, 2003 03:21 PM
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