It’s like we need a glossary of terms for the insults hurled from either side of online debates.
Snowflake, triggered, cuck, etc., are thrown around so often that they tend to just derail any legitimate conversation and make it a playground screaming match.
Last week a funny Facebook page I won’t name (funny being a very loose description here) posted a picture of two women with the caption ‘Tag a mate that would sleep with these two’.
The obvious intention was to make a joke at the expense of these two women, with the poster seemingly thinking it’d be embarrassing to have sex with them.
Top comedy, I know.
I can only imagine how these people felt seeing their faces plastered all over social media, with their appearances being the butt of the joke.
When their friends and family got involved asking for the post to be removed, all they received in reply was ‘stop being offended, it’s only a joke’.
Suddenly the fault was not on the people being rude and disrespectful, but on the people who were being ‘sensitive’ and ‘reactionary’.
It’s becoming cool for people to say they don’t care about sh*tty behaviour. But should it really be a badge of honour that you think words don’t matter?
Shock-jocks like Piers Morgan, Katie Hopkins, and Tomi Lahren across the pond have made their living from touting free speech as if it also means: ‘I can be as hateful as I want and you’re not allowed to say anything back’.
Even this week, Morgan hit peak obliviousness when he posted a column about how white people should be allowed to say N-word.
Morgan’s opinion aside, the thing I was most shocked about were people replying trying to one-up each other on who was less triggered by that word.
If someone is hurt by it (as they have every right to be) why can’t people just avoid doing the thing that hurts people?
It’s naive to say let’s all bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and we can all eat it and be happy. But, actively going around doing things that are nasty because you can? That makes you a trash person.
Every negative response or emotion does not equal being offended, and it’s boring to suggest that everyone has a right to be awful and go unchecked for it.
You don’t get a Blue Peter badge for being unfeeling and rude. If someone disagrees with you, it might be worth taking that into account instead of calling them a snowflake.
The problem with people who think every piece of dissent is political correctness gone mad, is that they usually think they’re saying what everyone else is thinking. In reality, though, it’s their own subjective opinion, coupled with self-righteousness and lack of self-awareness.
Having a go at someone for calling you out instantly marks you out as not even worth debating.
Amnesty International acknowledges that free speech is a responsibility, not a free-for-all that allows you be racist, xenophobic, or homophobic. As well as that, it’s your right to state your opinion, not say whatever you want with no repercussions and have everyone automatically agree with your view.
If you feel smug that you’ve caused someone to respond to you negatively, maybe you’re beyond help. Taking a second to ask ‘am I being a dick?’ rather than assuming everyone else is being a triggered snowflake isn’t too much to ask, though.