Bowdlerism

| August 6, 2020

Oh, yeah?     Yeah!

You all know how everything is being altered or removed or destroyed, so as to not offend anyone, right?

It’s called expurgation and/or bowdlerism.

Expurgation, also known as bowdlerization, is a form of censorship which involves purging anything deemed noxious or offensive from an artistic work, or other type of writing of media. The term bowdlerization is a pejorative term for the practice, particularly the expurgation of lewd material from books.

– Remove material that is considered improper or offensive from (a text or account or any environment), especially with the result that the text becomes weaker or less effective, e.g., : “every edition of his letters and diaries has been bowdlerized”

Statues of Christopher Columbus have been removed from their posted places in Little Italy and other areas in Chicago.  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53530752

Anything that might offend someone is to be obliterated, painted over, destroyed, or removed from the sight of those who are easily offended.

What was that part in the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution all about, anyway? Referring to the part about “freedom of speech, freedom of the press”, etc., etc., etc.

These displays of selfishness are not attempts to get people to have better manners; most of the people I know have really good manners and don’t throw rocks or scream at other people for being alive, or push them in front of trains, or yank them around because they’re old and apparently vulnerable. Assaulting an old lady or an old man or a child just because you think you can get away with it is the act of a sociopath, and has nothing to do with any kind of constitutional freedom.  Those are criminal acts and nothing else.

In this example, a woman at a store was left with a broken leg after a customer screamed at her about how she was wearing her mask and knocked her down.  https://www.dailydot.com/irl/staples-karen/  The store camera’s video is in the middle of the page.

All by itself, it’s assault, but it also becomes a form of expurgation when someone is treated this way. There are dozens of samples of people screaming bloody murder at someone for either not wearing a mask or not wearing it the way they think it should be worn. Conform or die, basically.

Any offending art is to be removed from the sight of the easily offended, or they’ll take it down themselves. Any books they don’t like, whether they are “The Black Stallion” or the Bible or Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poetry, are to be burned. Destroy something that offends your delicate sensibilities by setting it on fire, or pushing it in front of a train or a bus.

Yeah, that’s really civilized, isn’t it?  Well, I’m offended that these spoiled brats are offended. And you can be offended, too.

Category: "Teh Stoopid", "The Floggings Will Continue Until Morale Improves", "Truth or fiction?"

Comments (15)

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    I find a lot of things offensive, but I’ve yet to destroy public property or make demands upon others for me being offended. There is not enough keyboard ribbon ink for me to list all of the things that have offended me lately, but sissy punk, asinine pieces of sh^t head up the list.

    Maybe when all of them thar Johnny Reb Statues are pulled down and a big chunk of reparations money paid, they will all be over being offended.

  2. nobunny says:

    “If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides of a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none.”

    “Burn the books, then burn the ashes.”

    Ray Bradbury
    Fahrenheit 451

    Recommended reading.

    • nobunny says:

      A little more explanation:

      One of the points of the book was society, not politicians, decided to remove all controversy so everyone could be “happy”. No one offended – everyone happy, and fed useless trivia instead of education and critical thinking.

  3. 26Limabeans says:

    “Damnatio memoriae” pretty much covers the statue thing.

  4. The Other Whitey says:

    Glorifications of Karl Marx and Vladimir Ulyanov AKA Lenin offend the shit out of me. I demand their statues be bulldozed, starting in Seattle!

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      I second that, but I bet as soon as we got started the little pissant liberals would start screaming “hate crime” at us!

      • Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

        API, fuck ’em…

        Try proving it’s hate and not simple respect for best republic in the world.

        Those men tried to destroy everything a free republic represents. It’s our oath to remove all enemies foreign and domestic…

  5. Green Thumb says:

    I am offended.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Well, I’m offended that you’re offended.

    • Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

      My response to that when discussing politics is always the same, regardless of audience…

      So what?

      So what you’re offended. How does that impact me in any fashion?

      A truly free society will have a great many things happening that offend some component of the public at all times.

      I defer to Jefferson, if it neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg it’s none of my damn business.

    • MI Ranger says:

      I am offended that you both are offended. I demand an apology!!
      (crickets chirping)
      (Crickets Chirping

      Or I will just stand here until I get an apology…

  6. ninja says:

    If one has the time, highly recommend one read this interesting 2011 article/opinion from the New York Times.

    It is NOT about the United States.

    “Erasing the Face of History”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/15/opinion/15bond.html