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Saturday blog #2: October 1st, 2011

Well now, I saw a pic on my facebook page saying that it might actually snow tomorrow.

Huh, didn’t expect snow that early, but I guess that means goodbye walking shorts and hello smexy jeans :).

I don’t mind though, I rather welcome colder weather, so long as I can dress appropriately for it and it doesn’t get too windy.  It’s the windy kind of cold that bugs me the most about the cold days, otherwise bring on the snow.

But that’s not the main focus of what I want to blog today.

Gingers.

Ginger isn’t just something you grate in soups to add flavour to it, it’s something a lot more than just that.  People with red hair, pale skin, sometimes freckles, sometimes not, and also people who get a bad rep almost every day.

W.T.F. people?  I really don’t understand this whole fascination/obsession with wanting to hurt people because of the colour of their hair, it’s no different than people of a different skin colour, sexual orientation, belief system, even gender.  This isn’t needed, and I frown upon it every time.

I may not hold religion in the highest regard, but I don’t go out making an ass out of myself to insult someone’s religion to their face.  I don’t agree with their position, but I at least have the decency and respect to leave them to their beliefs.  Same goes with people of different colour, coloured hair, etc.

I know you speak a language I don’t understand, and can sometimes find very annoying, but I won’t tell you to shut up (despite how tempting it might get sometimes).  You’re just carrying out a normal conversation.  I’m pretty sure that if it were translated, it’d just be as normal a conversation as anyone else’s is.  I simply have a pet peeve against talkative people and I wish people wouldn’t talk so much unless it’s really necessary.  Save the heavy talking for the politicians and the speech makers.

But getting back to the topic at hand, there was an article in the Ottawa Citizen that spoke of a group of kids kicking and hitting a 14 year old girl with red hair because it was “kick a ginger day”.  This got inspired by an episode of South Park of the same topic.  I never saw the episode, but when the quote “life imitates art” gets grossly misused, I have an issue with that.  I’m not blaming Trey and Matt for creating a show that influences the behaviour of the people who watch it, I blame the idiots who decided on the immature behaviour of copying what they see on television.  They’re old enough to have the reasoning ability to know that copying things off what they see in tv, music videos, games, etc.

If I wanted to create a show where one episode had the cast torture teenagers because they were acting immaturely, and viewers decided to copy that, teens everywhere wouldn’t like that.  Even so, other teens who are seeing this level of blatant bullying should make an effort to stop this.  If you see something that’s wrong and you don’t like it, you have to do something about it and put a stop to it.  Simply suspending these kids from their football game isn’t enough, bullying anywhere in school is unacceptable.  I went through it, and I hate seeing people go through that as well.

What is it about gingers that gets everyone’s panties in a bunch?  Seriously, is it their looks?  Is it an aesthetic issue that borders on jealousy?  Is it pop culture that identifies red-haired people in a more favourable light?  Is the colour red symbolic of anger that seeing red hair provokes a negative reaction?

An individual should not be hated based on what they were born with.

 

Keep it real, keep it METAL \m/ \m/

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September 24, 2011

September 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Don’t ask.

Don’t tell.

I watched a video yesterday (and again today) about a US soldier serving overseas coming out for the first time to his dad over the phone.  I got teary-eyed a bit hearing that, not because he had the courage to open himself up to his dad like that, but the fact that his dad still loves him no matter what.

I like that, I really do.

Ever since 2005, North America is starting to slowly accept GBLT even more than they have since the 60s and 70s.  Legalizing same-sex marriage in Canada was a huge step in the right direction, and we can see that even today, we’re not suffering for it, we’re not crumbling at the seams as a society.  We accepted it and moved on to bigger issues (economy/environment being the hot-buttons at the moment).  Then we have “It gets better”, a movement started by Dan Savage to promote anti-bullying and anti-homophobia by encouraging those to feel good about themselves, to feel safe.  But most importantly, they’re telling these kids and young adults that they’re not alone in the world, they’re not alone in their sexual orientation.

Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, another huge step in the right direction for people with a strong desire to serve their country, openly and proudly as citizens.

There were initial objections, there always is, from the right-wing about this, mostly out of “concern” for the safety of the soldiers if they were to serve as openly gay.  All it ever boiled down to was nothing but empty rhetoric from a group who is, bit by bit, losing the battle.  I’ve seen this many times before, and I’m seeing it again with Obama’s current tax-reform plan.  They get worried, very worried, and try to paint the other side who is all for this as an image of what they want Americans to fear the most.  But it’s just empty rhetoric, nothing more.

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell needs to reflect a different kind of people.

Don’t ask about someone’s faith and they won’t tell you about yours.

People are liable to get hurt in the end when you do.

Keep it real, keep it METAL \m/ \m/