I am a tad too tired of hearing clamour for public apology here and there for things here and there. Let’s get one thing straight first. I am not against people behind these movements. I am not even against the idea. But then again, parodies are parodies. Satirical comedies are pure satire. We even have that on local TV. Racial slur, politics of personal destruction, name-calling and whatnots are quite common these days. It is NEVER right to make fun of other people be it in the privacy of your home or within your close circle of friends OR in public. But we do it anyway. In restaurants and bars, at the dining table at home, in the living room, in school, in the office, in the lanai, or anywhere else, we talk about other people and without us probably realizing it, we have already discriminated other people in terms of age, gender, race, physical appearance, school, social standing, moral standards and so many other things. One thing has been made clear to me ONCE MORE this week–it’s ok for us to make fun of ourselves and of other people but when the arrows come our way, we cry foul.
I do not approve of any form of belittling and maligning anyone, or anything for that matter. I am guilty of bigotry every now and then. I bitch at so many things and so many people at many points in my life but never have I thrown my weight around and used any form of public medium to ruin anybody or anything, be it in form of a joke or of a spoof. I am a huge fan of the freedom of expression. I am a writer, for crying out loud. But with the great power of the pen comes extra huge and oftentimes really dead serious responsibilities and so as much as possible, I see to it that I am politically correct. I’m a human being. I make mistakes. But never will I intentionally discriminate, not even indirectly.
Going back to TV bloopers, let’s get our facts straight. I don’t think being fair means taking one side right away. This does not give American TV the right to post our people’s pictures or make not-so-sweeping generalization of our education system but asking for a public apology is enough. Besides, it’s not like we don’t do it. Check your e-mail inbox and sent folders. Haven’t we, at one point in our lives, forwarded not so flattering pictures of their president, of Bert of Sesame Street, of religious sects? Haven’t we made fun of the various ethnic groups in our country? Again, it’s not an excuse to publicly malign other people, even as a joke or a part of one. But to practically ruin our days and direct our attention to them for at least a day collectively? Come on. This is why our politicians get to make damage control here and there for their slip-ups. We get distracted that easily and when our heads are turned the other way, that’s where the fun begins on the other side—and usually, that’s when all the trouble starts.