Sunday, September 13, 2009

Where Have All the Manners Gone?!

Our country sure did go to town this week, huh? A brief conversation with my mother this evening brought my attention to the extraordinary amount of yelling that went down in the past few days.

Let's recap:
  • Wednesday, 9/9/09: In a shocking move of total disrespect for the position of Commander-in-Chief, virtually unknown Rep. Joe Wilson makes himself wildly (in)famous by yelling "YOU LIE!" during President Obama's address to both chambers of Congress about the need for health care reform. As my (mostly online) pal DCC wrote, " [Obama] will forever be the President and you will forever be the Honorable Joe Wilson who acted to ... dishonor his position, his office and his constituents."

  • Saturday, 9/12/09: Rep. Wilson's fellow misguided countrymen converge in our nation's capital to display racism & idiocy at its finest, waving signs bearing Nazi comparisons & general terrifyingness, as they crowd the National Mall for Glenn Beck's "9/12 Project." Calling themselves patriots & reveling in their own lies, these disgraces to the word "patriot" invaded our fair city for a full 24 hours, inspiring fear in its residents - fear, that is, of contracting that deadly disease known as conservativism, albeit conservatism's most ignorant faction.

  • Saturday, 9/12/09, cont'd: Taking the War Against Manners off the political court and onto the real court, tennis phenom Serena Williams is disqualified from the U.S. Open when she turns on the lineswoman & threatens to "shove this f*cking ball down your throat" after a less-than-desirable call. Mind you, this is after she smashes a racket in rage.

  • Sunday, 9/13/09: Hip-hop hothead Kanye West storms the stage at MTV's Video Music Awards, interrupting country cutie Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for Best Female Video. Declaring to God & the world that Beyonce deserved the award instead, Kanye proceeds to storm off stage (& be escorted out of the building) while Swift, open-mouthed, slowly makes her way off stage in a flurry of confusion & receding boos.
What a week. Miss Manners would be ashamed!

5 comments:

Classy Fab Sarah said...

I have been writing this post in my head since last night... what is UP with people?

Seriously, my grandpa would smack my head if I did any of the things mentioned above. And probably disown me.

Anonymous said...

Amen. What is wrong with people and a society that condones this total lack of manners & respect? It's absolutely atrocious.

Issa said...

Ohmigosh, I know right!!! It's like today's people have completely lost the manners that were taught to them as children. It's fine to have opinions... In fact it's healthy. But above all else, we should still keep decency in mind. After all, acting out will have negative effects on US and not the person we're speaking against.

Alice said...

it has been a really bad week for manners, hasn't it? and the worst part is that none of these 3 people seems to acknowledge that their behavior was in any way inappropriate.

rachel said...

thanks for this, jesus... what is WRONG with peopel!?

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