March 29, 2009
HATEHEART DEAF PEOPLE
It seems that my last blog posting caused quite a bit of controversy. I received many angry comments, all from persons who fail to grasp the concept of satire. While I have little tolerance for the ignorant or those who refuse to adopt a sense of humor, I was quite troubled when my feedback log indicated a number of visitors were coming from deaf oriented blogs and message boards where my essay was being posted as an example of hate speech. For example:
TO ALL DEAFIES THIS IS GOING TO MAKE YOU SOOOO MAD
Posted On 03/29/2009 07:19:00 by SalsaQueen
A very good friend of mine sent this to me, and was shocked at the content:
This person really must HATE deaf people !!!!!!!!
PS I did not write this some one named skanlyn..wrote it
Now if I were a less empathetic sort of chap, I might just dismiss the “SalsaQueen” as a dummy. Fortunately I am one empathetic bastard and so I am compelled to give the fair Queen the benefit of the doubt and assume that she is merely unfamiliar with what satire is and how it works. And so I will explain. Basically, satire is a humorous attack on some human vice (e.g., racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, etc.) through irony and exaggeration. In carrying this out, the satirist will often make such outrageous statements that they cannot possibly be taken seriously (except by idiots) in order to point out the foolishness of the vice which he or she is attacking. For more complete information, I direct you to the Wikipedia entry. I then urge you to re-read my blog entry. If you are still offended, then I can only conclude you are a dummy and so I will pray that the Lord cures you of your dummyness.
Thank you for your support.