1. To punish, as by beating.
2. To criticize severely; rebuke.
3. Archaic. To purify.
Its Monday morning, bleary eyed I unpack my foll-dolls and boot up my PC. Point click…… wait……..send and receive……….wait……read…… the usual workday morning routine. What was unusual about this workday morning was an email i received titled “To Web Administrator, Achgohairithe Websiteâ€?, the web administrator that’s me I guess, I better have a look.
Not since Bill Cosby took it upon himself to ring Eddie Murphy and lecture him regarding the content of his shows has there been a chastising of such Biblical proportions. Like Eddie I too was shocked and a little insulted by the mainly disparaging remarks I was subjected to on this most unusual of Monday mornings.
First things first, I had to eliminate the possibility that it was an attempted hoax on the part of one of the lads. Usual suspects contacted, negative replies on all fronts. While I still have my suspicions, I do have a bit of time on my hands so bite why not, as the Japanese would say!
In the email I get accused of incitement; incitement of racial slander against the Muslim community! I also get called an emotionally crippled racist bigot!! Nice ha? The writer seems to have come to the conclusion that I’m a racist bigot on the grounds that the Friday Caption Comp shows me up as such. While I cannot control (to an extent) what comments/captions people come up with I can control the pictures. So let’s take a closer look at these pictures and see exactly how far I’ve slipped into this racist quagmire.
Caption Comp Pic # 1
(Muslim lady filling out a poling card, around the time of the Iraqi elections)
Caption Comp Pic # 2
(Group of, possibly Russian, soldiers fishing on a frozen lake)
Caption Comp Pic # 3
(Arabic looking man sitting in front of pile or rubble)
Caption Comp Pic # 4
(Business man lying down in a roadway, half constructed church in bg)
Caption Comp Pic # 5
(Swimmer wearing a funny hat getting given out to by a bald man)
Caption Comp Pic # 6
(A black child on a bike surrounded by a group of scary looking police men)
Caption Comp Pic # 7
(Group of Arabic looking soldiers standing in a circle talking and pointing)
Caption Comp Pic # 8
(Two lady pilots sitting in a jet fighter cock-pit)
Caption Comp Pic # 9
(Obligatory Bush doing something stupid photo)
Caption Comp Pic # 10
(Muslim man calling people to prayer)
Caption Comp Pic # 11
(Guy looking scared looking at a naked lady)
Caption Comp Pic # 12
(Bearded men dancing holding a stick)
Caption Comp Pic # 13
(Star Trek movie still)
Caption Comp Pic # 14
(UEFA/FIFA delegates making speech)
Caption Comp Pic # 15
(Obligatory Bush doing something stupid photo #2)
Caption Comp Pic # 16
(Arabic leader giving press conference, strange hand gesture)
Caption Comp Pic # 17
(3 one legged men paying soccer)
That’s 5 Muslim/Arabic themed pictures and 2 pictures containing people of colour. Given my propensity to use images of topical issues (where possible) as subject matter for the FCC, it’s hardly surprising in today’s climate that one subject seems to have cropped up more than once. This was in no way deliberate on my part and for someone to accuse me of having some hidden agenda or saying that I’m guided by an alterative motive when selecting pictures for the FCC is just plain WRONG!
There are some things on this Blog that should be taken with a pinch of salt; the FCC is one of these. It may not be very ‘pc’, but hell if I can’t be un-pc on the net where can I be un-pc??
Maybe i need a read of this:
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