Forget the American eagle. Maybe we should change our national symbol to a giant vagina, because that’s what’s becoming of our nation.

I am in reading in disbelief this morning about some students in New York who are being disciplined for posting a video on youtube showing a hostage situation. No, it’s not a hoax that was meant to fool people into being terrified into believing they were seeing the real thing, the video shows them taking a rubber duck hostage. The students can be seen in the video wearing ski masks and speaking in faux Arabic accents. The five students who made this video are being punished by the university by being stripped of their residence hall jobs and are facing further unspecified discipline because they are expected to exhibit sensitivity for “all groups.”

Now before you get up in arms wondering why we have to exhibit sensitivity toward ducks, that’s not what I think this is about. The official explanation is that the tape was an “insult to the victims and families involved in hostage situations,” but I don’t think that’s really what it’s about either. My gut feeling is that these students are being persecuted for effecting the Arabic accents.

You see, we as a society are probably more sensitive than most in condemning generalities, especially in generalities which have a basis in fact. If the students had used French accents no one would have really cared because the French aren’t particularly known for taking hostages. People wouldn’t have been offended, just confused. But, as anyone who has access to television or the internet will attest, we have seen heaps of Arabic speaking hostage taker footage in the past few years and THAT is why the use of the Arabic accents hit home.

If it’s true that these students are being punished for perpetuating an anti-Arab stereotype then my question is why does Al-Qaeda and Al-Jazeera get a free pass? Don’t THEY have anything to do with furthering that stereotype? Why don’t you take away THEIR residence hall jobs and subject THEM to discipline?? Why punish the guys who were simply doing a parody? Is this what higher education is about? Teaching people not to notice things that happen in the real world and not to engage in free speech?

I am reminded of a few years ago when some Italian group was protesting “The Sopranos” because they said it perpetuated a negative stereotype of Italians. They said the show didn’t reflect the fact that the vast majority of Italians are peaceful and law-abiding. My reply to that is that the American TV viewing public has a predilection for crime shows. That’s why the HBO series about the Italian organ-grinder family never quite took off, we like to see CRIME. And furthermore, while it is indeed true that Italian does not necessarily equal Mafia, the Mafia DEFINITELY has it’s basis in the Italian! Am I right or wrong on this one? Do I have to check my records??

In summation, we are a nation of pussies because we can’t stand when somebody points out something that has a basis in truth. If it is indeed true that the truth will set you free, I think America is doing it’s best to avoid freedom.

22 Responses to “Speechless”

  1. They should have used fake Spanish accents and worn sombreros, if the Taco Bell commercials and Speedy Gonzalez have tought me anything it is that it is O.K. to be stupid as long as you are using a Spanish accent

  2. mexi says:

    But we don’t take hostages. Unless by “hostages” you mean “hubcaps” in which case that one is true.

  3. R says:

    “f it’s true that these students are being punished for perpetuating an anti-Arab stereotype then my question is why does Al-Qaeda and Al-Jazeera get a free pass?”

    Well, they’re not really getting a free pass….that is, if you believe the immense strides we’re allegedly making in destroying al-Qaeda (LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL).

    Anyway, hubcaps are so 1987. It’s rims now, vato. Wheels. That’s the shit that brings in the pesos. You’re an ancient Mexican in this modern world.

  4. mexi says:

    Is it still ok to button only the top button on my flannel shirt?

  5. Phelps says:

    You want to see some really pissed off people? They should have used Polish accents.

  6. mexi says:

    The worst part is that I bet they make those students apologize. I wouldn’t do it. I was once ordered by my boss to apologize to the coffee shirker here in the office. I told her I could not in good conscience apologize because if I said I was sorry I would be lying. I thought I was going to be fired for insubordination but they let it go at that. Sometimes you have to take a stand on principle.

  7. mexi says:

    Yay Jenny Granholm wants to hit us with a 2% sales tax on services now.

  8. Way to balance the budget, we and are running out of money in a state with one of the highest unemployment rates, a dead economy and a bunch of broke azz mofos should they spend less or tax more? I’m pretty sure taxing more won’t inspire more business growth. hahahahaha

  9. Does that tax cover lap dances? Now instead of just loading up on dollar bills for the nudie bar fellas are gonna have to load up on dimes as well to pay that twenty cents on a $10 dance

  10. mexi says:

    That’s just what this state has been lacking: strippers with a clam full of change.


  11. The duck is the mascot of the residence hall and these students were employees of the residence hall. Everyone knows that you get in trouble for making fun of your employer. Am I the only one who sees this angle?

  12. HMt says:

    yes, I’ve heard that fake moustaches and taco bell make it all easy to get away with.

    seriously though, don’t worry about this – all this madness was well-written and spoken of in the necronomican, the only true document of our being. now let’s all listen to Judas Priest and rape frogs.

  13. Mexigogue says:

    Speaking of, I was just shooting pool with this dude last night. He kept saying something about Slayer and throwing horns all night.

  14. I’m all for raping frogs but I draw the line on listening to Judas Priest

  15. Phelps says:

    I’m afraid that if I listen to Judas Priest I might try to shoot myself in the head with a shotgun and miss. Suicide is something you should get right on the first try.

  16. Mexigogue says:

    They say I was born with a wire hanger sticking out of my head.

  17. Ac/Dc, Alice Cooper, Jethro Tull…

    Get a fuckin’ life. “Metallica” is the “Hearts of Space” last show; FREE on the Internet. It’s all about cymbals and percussion; “head music” style of course.

    So…until next time…So Long “Space Fans.”

    —Steven Hill

  18. R says:

    Man, that guy from Jethro that can rock the flute, that guy is hardcore.

  19. That’s Ian Anderson.

  20. HMT says:

    Jethro is hardcore bitches!

    Judas’ “Painkiller” album has less shades of man-raping on it.. killer thrash!

  21. Phelps says:

    I’m still a big Reverend Horton Heat fan. And TMBG. Those guys shred.

  22. I used to watch Reverend Horton Heat at the Bar of Soap. They came up here and played in Bricktown once but I did not go see them.