A Post By: Michael Gallo
You might not believe this, but a “comedy” website is about to drop some truth (the word comedy is in quotes, because I know A LOT of people who would disagree with the use of that terminology in regards to this website).
People are getting a little too liberal with the use of the word “rape” to describe sporting events…again.
This has been a problem for a long time, but for a while it seemed to be dying down. Unfortunately, the NFL playoffs bring out the worst in everyone. All across Twitter, Facebook, and MySnot (a little known social network) people made comments like:
“I hope the 49ers RAPE the Seahawks!”
“I hope the Patriots get RAPED!”
Every time I read one of those, I cringed like I was listening to nails on a chalkboard. I’m not super down with feminism, being a guy and all, but I still think that may be a bit extreme when you’re just trying to express hope for your favorite team. As a writer, I love coming up with weird and extreme analogies and comments. But I typically try to avoid things that may trigger extreme trauma in a victim. I think people would be hesitant to say something like:
“I hope the Seahawks put the 49ers in a gas oven!”
That’s not to say no one did, I’m sure if you looked hard enough on twitter you would find that tweet. But that’s too extreme.
However, I’m not telling you to stop saying that. I would never tell someone to stop saying something, because that’s good ol’ American censorship. However, I’m here to tell you that you look like an idiot when you say those things.
Right: I hope the Patriots beat the Broncos like they owe us money!
Wrong: I hope the Patriots sodomize the Broncos like a child abuse victim!
See how different those are? Is the “wrong” example that far off from hoping a team RAPES another team?
Be a fan, not a dipshit.