Originally Posted by MrG
So, it turns out the Hulkster is a big giant racist.
I didn't realize my childhood would be shat upon today, but there you go.
Serves you right, Satan.
Originally Posted by Gerry
The thing about this kind of thing that pisses me off is, how do we know who else is a racist, gay bashing, religious fanatic that’s just playing the media game, saying the right things and appearing to do the right things but behind it all is a completely different person. I would have more respect for people who hold views like that but are open and honest about them even if I disagree vehemently with them.
Originally Posted by OmniscientCause
cant say anything to anyone without being deemed a ist or it be a form of ism of some form. Sure its bad to be one but its even worse to hold the knowledge that someone is for ransom. Free speech is free speech.
Um, no. This is utter bullshit.
"Free speech" is not a justification or defense to being an odious dick, and the "free" in "free speech" does not mean "free from any consequences". And why should it piss you off that you don't know the identify of every ignorant, odious dick in the world? Does it piss you off when shoplifters get busted or shitty employees get fired just because there are undoubtedly lots of petty thieves and shitty employees who continue to skate by?
People say shit all the time -- even controversial shit -- without it being deemed "ist" or "ism". Are people sometimes incorrectly accused of being racist, sexist, whatever? Of course. People are also regularly accused incorrectly of being stupid, dishonest, lazy, pregnant, insensitive, rude, arrogant, bad drivers, what have you. When it comes to light that somebody like HH regularly says really hateful, ignorant things, the fact that his commercial partners make the business decision that they no longer want to publicly associated with him hardly makes him a paragon of free speech and brave honesty. He's not fucking Galileo or Thomas More being martyred for fearlessly championing the truth. If he was regularly dropping n-bombs, I'm pretty sure it was out of arrogance and ignorance, not some principled effort to expose nuanced issues around how society treats and speaks about race.
Want to get "kind of pissed off"? Get kind of pissed off about people -- white, black, straight, gay, whatever -- who think it's cool to demean others on such a basis, rather than about the fact that a fatuous ass got some blowback for it.