In other news... Book Lovers of the Word (BLOW for short) is calling on Paris Hilton to explain herself after making a series of anti-reading and hateful slurs aimed at reading in a restaurant some time back. Spokesman for BLOW, Jimmy James had the following to say:
"These are not frivolous words, and to use them as if they are gives tacit sanction to the discrimination and litterariaphobia they engender. Hilton has an obligation to go on the record, explain herself, and publicly apologize to the book lovers of the world as all are offended by these slurs."Why is it that if you don't like something -- say pasta or diet coke -- everyone is ok with that, and your decision is justified by the simple fact that you don't like it. You might even hear people support you for your decision by saying "That's alright. It's a free country. You live how you want to live." Yet, why is it that if someone says they don't like homosexuality they are immediately branded a homophobe without reason or explanation?
I personally don't like stealing or murder, yet I would never call someone a steal-aphobe or a murder--phobe by the mere fact that they don't like stealing or murder. I can't wait till Coke starts demanding an apology for all those people who don't like their drinks -- all those coke-ophobes. Besides, why can't a person still have a personal opinion about something?
All-in-all, I do find my self agreeing with Rod Dreher when he writes on his blog:
My first thought was: You are such a loser, wasting any time at all watching this moron make an ass of herself yet again. My second thought: What an ass Paris Hilton is.
My third thought: What a frightening world we're creating with this YouTube home video thing. It's a world without privacy, a world in which you have to constantly watch your back and stay in full control, because you never know who might have a camera on you, and how your moral crimes and misdemeanors will be up on the Internet for all the world to see, forever. I shudder to think about the stupid things I said when I was in my early twenties and would go to parties and drink too much. Nothing like Paris Hilton's racist jibe, but I'm quite sure there were plenty of things that would humiliate me if they were broadcast on YouTube. And even today, is there anybody who wouldn't be terrified to think that casual conversation they might be having at a social gathering might be being recorded by a bystander, and placed on YouTube? It wouldn't have to be anything bigoted, really, just a frank observation of the kind that people make all the time, with the reasonable expectation that they're speaking privately. Or even things that aren't even offensive, just embarrassing.