People (Meaning Us Too) Are Stupid At Times

Sorry for the confusion, seeing as how this post appears below the post containing a comment to which I am responding.

I wanted Crunchie’s December 7th post on top, because that’s what’s important today and I didn’t want to derail the comments there by going off-topic. What? Me following my own ‘rules?’ Horsemen of the Apocalypse, I tell you!

So what am I talking about? I’m going a bit meta here, but what triggered it was that LC Light29ID mentioned that Korean ‘rapper’ PSY ‘oppan gangnam style’ once, it has just been discovered, made a ‘rap’ that featured some truly vile, insulting and disgraceful lyrics directed at us ‘fucking Yankees’.

And LC Light29ID is absolutely right, those lyrics are vile beyond anything I can come up with in less than three minutes and I offer no excuses for them. They’re just plain wrong. Insulting, offensive, vile and downright full on blood red curtain of rage disgusting. I need to put that up front lest anybody thinks that I’m saying something that I’m definitely not. There are no excuses for that that will make them somehow even remotely ‘OK’ and he’ll have to own responsibility for those lyrics in full, because nobody put a gun to his head and forced him to utter them.

And then I read this article or, more accurately, the comments to the article illustrating what was going on at the time he wrote that reprehensible load of disgusting garbage, which was that a U.S. bridge laying tank crew had accidentally run over a couple of South Korean school girls. Not intentionally, obviously, and they were tried by a court martial for their alleged negligence, but you still had two Korean girls dead at the end of the day.

And so I thought to myself: OK, imagine I’d been a Korean at that time. Just how would I feel at that moment? Absent logic, because there is nothing logical about human response to tragedy when the tragedy is fresh in your mind. Would I have been pissed off, outraged, mad as hell, dying to post a three-page screed or just about doing anything to get that anger out of my system without a second’s thought to ‘just the facts, Ma’am’?

You bet I would. And you know that I would too, if you’ve been around here for more than a couple of weeks.

Anger is a powerful force, an unstoppable one and a force for good if it’s reined in appropriately and controlled, but it’s also a fearsome power that can lead you far astray if you let it master you rather than bending it to your will. I should know. I have posted things on this site that, upon reflection once I’d had a chance to think it over, most of the time thanks to you, my dear readers, pointing out to me that I was being an industrial grade asshole, I decided that I’d gotten completely and totally wrong. It’s not fun to find out that you’re a normal human being with pathetic flaws, but it does make you grow.

Many of you will remember, and that’s one of the milder examples, my full on hate boner and howling screed directed at the entire profession of auto mechanics because a shop had fucked up a repair job (which they later fixed, by the way), something that does happen in the real world. Sometimes things don’t quite pan out and then you fix them. But oh no. I was stressed out, angry, breathing fire and spitting nails, so everybody who ever lifted a Snap-On was a bitch ass whore because I’d had a bad experience with one of them.

I was wrong then, I am still wrong about it now and I will forever be wrong about that particular incident, I’m never going to pretend that I wasn’t an asshole about it, because I was. And a lot of you gearheads out there pulled no punched in telling me, and I owe you for that, because I needed to learn just how much of a fuckwad I was at that time.

And that was over a fucking invoice. Granted, an invoice that I couldn’t really afford at the time, but it was still only money. For that I was willing, in my irrational anger, to throw an entire profession to the wolves and curse them forever. I mean, nobody actually died. There weren’t two mangled bodies of school girls involved. So I’m in no position to condemn, right off the bat, somebody else for being a complete retard in his reaction to something infinitely worse than what I was going through.

I got carried away, I forgot to engage my brain before speaking, I own that. I can’t escape that, nor should I be allowed to. I was called to account for that and, thank you again for that because I really don’t need to be more of a dick than I already am, and I found myself wanting.

So I have to think, in all fairness: Was Psy’s disgusting ‘rap’ another example of the same?

I don’t know. It’s not an excuse, nothing can excuse what he said, you can’t un-ring a bell and I sure as fuck am not ever going to attempt to justify what he said back then, but I would be very, very interested to know how he feels about that pile of trash today.

And yes, he needs to be called on it. He needs to own it, just like the rest of us have to own our mistakes, if it was a mistake indeed. Then, but not until then, can we start working on forgiveness, if any is to be had.

Will the media call him on it?

Don’t hold your breath. He was demonizing the U.S. military, and that’s like catnip to the EneMedia whores, but I would, personally, really like to hear what he has to say.

Thatisall.

14 comments

  1. 1
    LC Light29ID growls and barks:

    Obama still plans to attend concert featuring anti-American ‘Gangnam Style’ singer PSY

    Again, we as a generation not as a country, deserve the wrath of our forefathers. Most civilized people, after finding this out, would do the right thing but as I wrote (which I’ll copy and post here and delete on Crunches post to keep the flow) we don’t have the manners that God gave a chimp.

    From earlier:

    I ask the question because two generations away from the “Greatest Generation” we have created an America that is not worth one ounce the blood and toil that our forefathers went through. All those generations thought that what they were doing and sacrificing was for their children only to see their children suffer their own heartbreaks.

    The Pilgrims suffered famine alone in the wilderness so that their children would have religious freedom.
    Their children were the ones who by blood forged a civilization out of a wilderness that fought the French and Indians.
    Their children were the ones who would initiate a revolution that severed its ties to the Old Country forever and was given no chance of making it.
    Their children were the ones who pushed West, led by Lewis and Clark that led to the 2000 mile migration over the Oregon Trail with only a couple of oxen, a wagon and the hope of a new life and nothing else.
    They then had watch in horror their children slaughter each other at Antietam, The Wilderness, Fredericksberg, Gettysburg and Cold Harbor and then tame and open the West.
    The veterans of the Civil War watched their children, along with millions of emigrants with nothing but the clothes on their backs, turn America from a backward agrarian society into a industrial colossus unrivaled since the glory days of Rome with steel, electricity, oil, copper, iron, finance and inventions unleashed unknown since the time of da Vinci.
    They then, in turn, watched in horror their children endure a Depression, Dust Bowl and then have to pick up a rifle and crush murderous tyrants all over the globe and then bring peace to world that had only known war for thousands of years to rise up and earn the “the Greatest Generation”.

    But yet the dream that our forefathers had was make it better for my children was never realized until the last 50 years. And what do we have to show for 300 years of blood, toil and heartache? The only thing that our generation can point to is we went to the moon and even then it wasn’t a danger shared by an entire generation but a select few. But we can point to a narcissistic, cold, ungrateful bunch of bastards that isn’t even deserving to have the freedoms that were handed down from one bloody hand to the next. They looked at that bloody piece of paper and said “eeewwww gross” and walked away to check their iPads for directions to welfare office and schedule their next abortion while our masters annihilate the future of the next ten generations with the same cold thought process as the Humidor.

    The conclusion that I’ve come to is that our children can never have it “better that we did”. In order for us to keep, cherish and protect our freedoms each generation must endure its own test of blood and heartache. We may not be guilty individually of the deeds of our generation but as a collective whole we share the blame that is, in some ways, akin to the guilt shared forever by every German in the last 60 years. We’re guilty of our own hubris.

    Every previous generation had to be reminded that what we have was a gift because they had to suffer as a generation. What we have running around now are nothing more than spoiled little brats who need the shit beat out them and are neither deserving or entitled to the freedoms that we have.

    I just don’t see any other way.

  2. 2
    LC Light29ID growls and barks:

    Well that shit didn’t work…

  3. 3
    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    Enh, just clip him and leave him in the street. Sometimes, people need object lessons about being poseur thugs. As Gene from Layer Cake said: “This is what playing at being a gangster gets you.”

    But then again, I’ve been accused of being a sentimentalist.

  4. 4
    single stack growls and barks:

    while our masters annihilate the future of the next ten generations with the same cold thought process as the Humidor.

    Huh? Do you mean Holodomor?

  5. 5
    LC Light29ID growls and barks:

    single stack @ #:

    :em07: yeah I did

  6. 6
    LC LOBO growls and barks:

    Whatever-his-name-is says he’s sorry.

    “As a proud South Korean who was educated in the United States and lived there for a very significant part of my life, I understand the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world. The song I featured on in question from eight years ago — was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two Korean schoolgirls that was part of the overall antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world at that time. While I’m grateful for the freedom to express one’s self, I’ve learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and I’m deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted. I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused by those words.”

    I ask is he sorry that he did it, or just sorry that he got caught ? :em03:

  7. 7
    LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd growls and barks:

    LC LOBO @ #6:

    I ask is he sorry that he did it, or just sorry that he got caught ?

    Yep.

    I can understand and excuse stupid, youthful indiscretions as well as the next person, having been stupid, young and indiscrete myself once. However, when you get up on stage before an audience and begin spouting those stupid, youthful indiscretions for pay, I draw the line.

    Let him donate the profits of a concert or three to benefit the wounded and their families. Then I’ll take his apology seriously.

    I have posted things on this site that, upon reflection once I’d had a chance to think it over, most of the time thanks to you, my dear readers, pointing out to me that I was being an industrial grade asshole,

    Perhaps, Emperor. But you’re our industrial grade asshole.

  8. 8
    LC LOBO growls and barks:

    LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd @ #:
    That’s what I’m thinking.

  9. 9
    NR Pax growls and barks:

    I’m going to be the voice of dissent here for a couple of reasons. First, as Misha pointed out, Psy was angry about the accidental killing of those two young ladies and that was his method of expression. Hell, I’ve seen worse tirades here on any given day.

    Second is the apology. Psy could have brushed this off and his sales probably wouldn’t have been hurt too badly. And yes, there is a chance that this is a PR move brought about by him learning just how quick someone who is popular can be brought down. But he did apologize. And after reading the text of it, I noticed that he didn’t try weaseling out of it. He didn’t go down the path of “Sorry that you were too stupid to understand me” like most celebrities. So I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on this.

  10. 10
    LC Draco growls and barks:

    Youthful transgressions are one thing….advocating the killing of American personnel or making comments about the troops in a public arena and making money off of it….Not even CLOSE to being the same thing.

    And public expression still has it’s consequences….ask the Dixie Chicks.

  11. 11
    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    O/T but good

    Murder by President
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUzzyXVD3aE

    Hey Boss, what ever happened to the weekend open threads??????????????????????????????????????????????????

  12. 12
    LC Gunsniper growls and barks:

    I’m still trying to figure out why anybody is surprised that a pudgy S Korean kid has or had any nasty thing to say about our troops in South Korea since hating on our troops is as Korean as Kimchi and Bulgogi since at least the seventies.

    At least until we talk about leaving the peninsula. :em05:

  13. 13
    LC Roguetek growls and barks:

    Eh, I’ll give him a pass. That was a pretty ‘man up’ apology. “hey, that was wrong, and I’m sorry.”…

    More than you get out of most of those fucking hollywierd turds.

  14. 14
    LC Gunsniper growls and barks:

    LC Roguetek @ #21:

    Yep.