Friday, November 09, 2007

Dog's Goose is Cooked

I'm sure everyone is well aware of the latest trials and tribulations of Duane "Dog" Chapman of Dog the Bounty Hunter fame. With a bit of fame and fortune must come the knowledge that everything you do and say will be scrutinized by the vultures of the press. Come on now Dog, you have to have been aware of that at your age. If you weren't then your wife Beth is certainly street smart enough that she should have warned you.

I am NOT going to defend Mr. Chapman in this. Nope, he should have known better or Beth should have smacked him in the head with a big steaming cup of STFU. What I am going to do is to point out the hypocrisy that is about to destroy a very popular A&E show while others get rich.

The "N" word. If you look it up in the dictionary it means:

Main Entry:
alteration of earlier neger, from Middle French negre, from Spanish or Portuguese negro, from negro black, from Latin niger
Originally, to be "niggardly" was to be excessively frugal or cheap.

Dog said it in a private phone call that his son figured he could use to both trash Duane's reputation and possibly make a buck. That phone call is going to ruin Duane forever. In his apology he stated that he would never be forgiven for this. You're right Dog, your goose is cooked.

I want to ask why it's so wrong that Duane "Dog" Chapman said this in a private phone call yet at the same time, an untold number of Rap and Urban "singer/songwriters" and some "comedians" are using the same word publicly and not only is no one going absolutely ape shit crazy about it, but these people are actually making money from it thereby encouraging more of the same down the road? What's the deal with the double standard here? If this word is so heinous when uttered by a white man, then why is it not equally heinous when uttered by anyone else regardless of heritage?

If the word is so wrong, why has it not been abolished by the black community or the whole damn planet as a whole? I'm afraid that I just don't get it. If some well known black rap artist or comedian went to downtown Detroit or Chicago or some other urban area and said something like "hey niggas, get a grip on reality" most would laugh or applaud and maybe take some action. If I, as a white guy did it, I'd need to use the 1911 that I carry and use it well against multiple targets. So why the double standard? Why is it funny or even OK if one person says it, but so totally wrong if someone else does?

If the use of this word is so wrong, then let's just stop using it. If you can't bring yourself to do that, then stop being pissed off when someone else does.

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