Robin Thicke is unapologetic about how rapey ‘Blurred Lines’ is, meanwhile the dude who parodied it issues a public apology for one word.
And that is just one reason why I love Weird Al.It’s great that he’s addressed this but are we really supposed to believe that NO ONE during the extremely lengthy processes of writing a song, recording it, mastering it and animating the music video wouldn’t have brought it up?
Excuse me but how the hell is spastic even remotely insulting?
So I just recently learned that in the UK calling someone spastic means the same thing as calling someone retarded, only much worse.
If it makes people in the UK feel any better, people in the US literally do not know this (like literally no one I have ever met and/or know). Here being spastic is usually meant to mean something along the lines of acting like a hyper-active child (like running around in circles yelling just because they feel like it please be quiet for just 2 minutes type of child). NOBODY here uses it as a slur.
Since Weird Al is a US musician and the US music industry is pretty non-international, yeah actually I think its entirely possible that none of the people who worked on this song actually knew that spastic was considered an awful slur in some parts of the world.
And I’m like 99.9999% sure that Weird Al is genuinely very sorry that he was accidentally offensive.
So I have a child with Cerebral Palsy. Spastic CP is a type of cerebral palsy where the person has increased muscle tone. My son has this type of cp (the other is literally called non-spastic cp, and denotes low muscle tone)… and we are quite irreverent about it… He calls me a spaz all the time. But the reason spastic is found offensive is because folks began using it as term to mock mentally or physically disabled people (I heard it as a child so it’s been around a long time)
We are in the US.
My son Nick (and our family) are not touchy about words within out family/friends group. HOWEVER, if someone is using words like retarded, spastic, spaz as an insult, then there is a problem. But that goes for any word used as a slur (if you say something is queer meaning odd as in the old/original way the word was meant, I’m cool. If you say something is queer meaning gay and you mean it negatively, I’ll probably embarrass you publicly and make you feel like absolute shit.)
My point is that political correctness is fine to a point. If someone is using words to harm people, to degrade them, etc, then by all means, tear them to shreds. If however, as in this case, it was an error (the word spastic went out of fashion in the 1980’s I think) and was not meant to shame the disabled population, give the guy a break. He quite nicely apologized for his ignorance.
If folks are so high and mighty about political corectness, why did “Blurred Lines” become a top hit. Quite hypocritical. Just sayin’
Happy Birthday, Bugs Bunny! “A Wild Hare” directed by Tex Avery and released in theaters on July 27, 1940. Image courtesy GoldenAgeCartoons.com.
this is some airbending shit right here
what just happened
Do you expect me to talk?
No, Ms. Bond. I expect you to die!