(Disclaimer: This is NOT me trying to make any sort of political statement for or against any particular political party. Because, like with sports, I hold very little credibility in that area. It’s simply my sometimes-naïve mind wondering why WE CAN’T ALL JUST GET ALONG. Jeeze.)
The internet got me all worked up again today. This article showed up on my newsfeed from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Apparently Scott Walker used a Dropkick Murphy’s song as intro music before his speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit over the weekend. The band is not a fan of Walker, and directed a tweet to him saying “Please stop using our music in any way…we literally hate you!!!”
Okay. A few things:
- What’s a Dropkick Murphy?
- Walker should have known better than to use a Dropkick Murphy’s song. The band released a single a few years ago dedicated to Wisconsin unions that were protesting Walker’s state budget plan. That’s a pretty big hint that they probably don’t want to play/be at all associated with your theme music…
- “We literally hate you”…Yes, freedom of speech and blahblahblah…But this wording was the thing that really got me riled up when seeing this story. First of all, the use of the word literally is LITERALLY out of control these days. Secondly, hate is a strong word people!
I think I have a good sense of humor. I could laugh off a stupid tweet like that. It’s just a tweet. But then again it bothers me. I think I check the news probably an unhealthy amount on a daily basis. There’s a lot of h8 going on around the world. I see all these things happening that I feel I have no control over. And these big things that are happening make me wonder whether anything that I would do to try to “make the world a better place” would even matter in the grand scheme of things. For example, if I were to perform a good deed every day for a stranger how would that stop hatred-fueled terrorist attacks from happening on the other side of the world? I struggle with how big of a difference I can possibly make in my daily life (until I become an ambassador at the UN…) when we’re up against such heavy & powerful and seemingly unstoppable forces of unrest/hatred.
So, I may not be able to personally bring peace to the Middle East, but I can call out an offensive tweet. It’s completely acceptable to disagree with other people and voice opinions. That freedom is what lets me write this blog. However, expressing those things through a veil of hatred is just so NOT productive. And obviously there’s a lot more offensive things going on around the internet than this particular tweet I came across, but that’s just what happened to come up in my little world today—a little world I’m always trying to expand.
Writing all this made me think of this song that I used to very much love dancing to at grade school dances. Enjoy.
Kumbaya, Namaste, etc.