While I was waiting to see the dentist on Monday, I saw a venomous tweet directed at an acquaintance.
I thought “Wow, was it really necessary for that lady to call him a douchebag?”
I sent him a message that read “I see you’re making friends again.”
I figured he’d laugh, and he did.
What I wasn’t expecting was the venom from this lady who describes herself as a “balanced liberal” directed at me.
I suppose my levity wasn’t appreciated by her I ignored her.
My bud sent back greetings and said not to pay attention to her she did this kind of thing all the time.
I said OK.
Next thing I knew she was firing off all kinds of comments. Culminating in her, calling me an uneducated, hillbilly, redneck.
And threatening to report me to Twitter because my bud, said she was a bigot on par with the Aryan nation.
I said she was an insult to the Aryan nation. And she called me a racist, uneducated, hillbilly.
I responded that she’d misunderstood.
Since the Aryans dogma (albieit hateful) was at least consistent and her dogma was inconsistent she would therefore be a insult to them.
After all if you’re going to insult someone you should be clear about it.
Then she got really nasty!
I was laughing, she was entertaining while I waited to have my teeth drilled.
She threatened to report me again and my Bud did it for her. I told her that If I ended up in the twitter gulag I’d be joining a long line of good people who’d been sent to the corn field.
Then I came up with this,
“I find your characterization of my hillbilly kin as somehow “Less Than” in comparison, tantamount to HATE SPEECH and that I’d happily go toe to toe with you with the Twitter judges.”
Suddenly she was gone!
I figured I could use her own rules couldn’t I?
As I understand Hate Speech, it’s speech that seeks to selectively call, imply or compare a group of people to something negative.
Usually the term hate speech is applied to negative comments about specific ethnicities. More often than not these groups are non European, but sexual preferences are also included in legal protections.
It occurred to me that so called “Hillbillies” might be considered a distinct ethnic group. As such they should be afforded protections against hate speech. One might also extend the definition to occupants of so called “Flyover States”.
Hey why not?
Thiz means that the negative attacks on Conservatives, Republicans, or people of Faith, so common on Twitter can, and should cause the Gulagging of the liberals who so quickly and easily fling epithets and hateful comments toward these groups.
After all what’s good for one group should be equally applied to other groups!
I’m totally egalitarian about it.
I’m thinking I’ll try to get the next Liberal that attacks me gulaged using this argument. It might be an interesting test of Twitters fairness policies.
Worst case scenario I’ll end up silenced and that will give me a reason to bail on Twitter altogether.
God! I must be really bored!