I hate humor. This was the phrase that someone googled to get to HumorOutcasts.com. Yes, someone from Milwaukee, Wisconsin is so embittered with life, that he or she felt the need to search that phrase. Be it dumb luck or fate or coincidence, that search led to my Google entry of a post that was entitled “I Hate Bleepin’ Censorship”.
You might wonder how I know the embittered soul is from Milwaukee. Well, that is the advantage of having Google Analytics and an electrical engineering husband who has multiple patents in computer crap. I know that sounds disrespectful and I don’t mean it to be, but when I ask him “What is this patent for?” he answers, “Computer crap.” So, I started to think it was perhaps a technical term.
Anyway, I got off topic. This bitter Midwestern soul decided to click on my post, and lo and behold, he (for simplicity, I am calling the person he) hated it. Apparently, it offended his sense of morality. So, did he leave HumorOutcasts.com then? No, he spent another nine minutes on the site and settled upon another of my articles, “The Lesson of Karma”. He didn’t like this one either.
In fact, he got mad, and decided to make a stand. I can’t explain why these posts got him fired up because my posts are at worst–PG-13. I admit that some of the writers on HumorOutcasts or HO, as we have come to know the site, trip over the R-rating bar, but I have no problem with that and neither did the “I Hate Humor” guy because he didn’t care about those articles; he only picked on my articles.
For the record, the reason I started the site was that I hate censorship, and I hated that some sites tried to squelch the creative spirit in writers. To be fair to the sites, it was not always the people who ran them; at times it was a more conservative reading audience that made it difficult for writers to spread their creative wings. So, when I invited some writers to HO and accepted the work of others, I promised them that they would have virtually free rein with their work except when Google gets really pissed off with the subject or language and takes down its ads.
The other side of the coin of writing freedom is that readers are allowed the same liberty. If someone has a coherent thought or argument, they are welcome to voice their opinion. I tend to believe that a civil debate is a good thing.
Okay, back to my “fan” who decided he needed to comment. Now, normally I would say this was a courageous and bold move, but Mr. “I Hate Humor” left the comments anonymously. So right away, he turned from Mr. “I Hate Humor” into Mr. “I am a Big Stupid Cowardly Dick”. Oops, that might be a bad word. I hope he doesn’t get offended.
I actually would not have minded the anonymous comment if it didn’t turn into the rant of a crazy person. This is the comment on “I hate Bleepin’ Censorship”:
You’re so freakin’ deluded and your sarcasm sickens me.It’s people like you who lead to the downfall of society by thinking that you can just hide behind freedom and use it as an excuse to say and do whatever you want even if they’re harmful. Didn’t your parents teach you right?
Let me warn you this: If you take your freedom too far, you will pay the price. If you think that I’m kidding, then I dare you to go out into the world, be a big jerk to lots of people, and see if they don’t retaliate at you for that.
And apparently that comment was not enough. He left and then must have experienced an “Oh, I should have said this!” moment and came back to deliver another anger-filled diatribe on the same article.
No, you should get a life. Censorship will always exist whether you like it or not. Besides, I support it, And if you don’t like it, deal with it.
Then, he went over to another article that was posted about two weeks after the censorship one and left this gem anonymously.
I thought that this is good clean fun. How misleading. If you (and I mean anyone) want it to be good clean fun, then take away all that dirty fun from this section.
Did I delete the comments? No freaking way! Instead, I made Mr. I Hate Humor/I am a Big Stupid Cowardly Dick, the topic on my Twitter and Facebook feed. Oh, he got lots and lots of attention.
Do I have a point besides reliving my experience with this idiot? Yes, believe it or not I do. I stand by my position on censorship. This week, I read that a school system in Virginia is banning books such as Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five. A conservative Christian mother initiated the movement to ban literature she thought inappropriate. And a professor in Missouri is on the same mission. How can this be? Mr. I Hate Humor/I am a Big Stupid Cowardly Dick is what happens when we squash creativity in society. That small-minded person is the result of censorship.
I hope Mr. I Hate Humor/I am a Big Stupid Cowardly Dick comes back to the site and finds the courage to put his real name and email on a comment. But he won’t. Cowards like him are a dime a dozen. They like to spew their hatred in the name of morality or God or Christ and then sit back and pat themselves on the back for being “good” people.
Am I ticked off that he felt the need to try and insult me and threaten me? No, I don’t really care about him personally, but I do care that his mentality now runs rampant in the world. He is worried that my insignificant writing is going to be responsible for the downfall of society. He gives me too much credit. Well, I least I have the guts to put my name on what I write. Mr. I Hate Humor/ I Am a Big Stupid Cowardly Dick, you scream about the freedom to support censorship; yet, the person you screamed the most at about the need for censorship, didn’t stop your voice from being heard. Doesn’t that make you think?