June 3rd, 2013
I was just having an email debate with some of my American friends. To be honest, I don’t think there is a huge difference on this topic between the thinking of Canadians and Americans in general, but I personally certainly had a different opinion than many of my friends (although, I do understand their point of view)
Here’s what happened…..
There was a really important basketball game yesterday between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers. After the game, the media always interviews the players on TV. One of the players was upset and said some “bad words”. He wasn’t saying them directly to anyone, but he was definitely swearing when he was upset. The player apologized later for saying the bad words. The word that really got him into trouble was the word “homo”, which is a very negative term to describe a gay man.
He doesn’t hate gay people, just the word came out when he was angry, and he did say sorry after.
The NBA fined him $75 000 USD. To be honest, $75 000 is nothing for him, because the guy makes 12 million dollars a year, but still, he did have to pay this money.
The question is, “Should the player still have to pay money for saying a bad word and then apologizing?”
I personally think “NO”. Not if it only happens once or twice. Sometimes people say things they don’t mean when they are angry. Then they apologize. I don’t see the big deal if it’s not happening all the time.
Some people think it’s really terrible, and this player should pay this money for saying these words. They think it’s very bad if some kids are watching TV at that time. To be honest, I think I understand that point of view, but I just don’t really think it’s SO TERRIBLE if a kid hears a bad word. They will hear these words anyway in life, and as a parent, you can just say “Those are bad words so you shouldn’t say them”.
I think the world is getting too “politically correct”. People are too worried about saying the right thing all the time. I think this worry makes for boring and fake people on TV. No one can give an opinion any more without worrying about the consequences. People are so scared to say something “bad” on TV that they “play it safe” and don’t share their real personalities, opinions, jokes, etc. It’s like we’re forcing famous people to be like perfect little fake robots.
I hate it! I think it’s foolish and it’s not helping society. But I do realize that it is not a fact, but rather my opinion on the situation. I’d love to hear your opinions below.
And I also want to point out something new and exciting. Within the past 5 minutes, Add and I just opened up our new private English learning community. We really hope you take a look and see if it’s right for you. As of right now, Add and I are the only members, BUT this will grow fast and we will stop accepting members at some point. It’s not for everyone. If you think you might be interested, now is the time to try it out. Looking forward to seeing you in the kick ass private community
We’ll talk to you on there. Lot’s of awesome stuff to come on there. Join up and see what it’s all about if it sounds interesting to you. (I’m only about 99.9% sure you’ll love it)