I don't want to read people's clothes with the F Bomb on them.
Objection noted. I want to wear clothes bearing profanity. Now there's a conflict between the desires of two citizens. Not uncommon, really.
It's up to us to mediate the dispute in a sensible fashion.
You won't budge, and I won't budge because you won't. So nobody's budging. (Is that even a word?)
You can't make me stop wearing the shirt, and since no harm has befallen you there isn't a legal recourse.
So basically you just have to look away and forget you ever saw the naughty word.
All that being said, I defend the right of the airline to set dress codes as they see fit to promote their business with the uptight crowd. It's a
huge market, and the airlines couldn't survive without them. Hell, the airlines can't survive with them.
I don't care who they are complaining about - Bush, Clinton,
Koffi Annan ... It's invading my space and I don't want to see it.
That's nonsense. It's invading your space and you don't want to see it? What about ugly people? What about fat people? What about Persians?
What if the shade of pink on one of your sweatshirts offended me and someone like Grady was the pilot? You'd be focked.
Back in the real world people have to learn to get along with one another.
The shuttlecock's in your airspace...
She's a classless idiot for wearing it in public.
Personal opinion is all fine and well, but you're not the only citizen who has one.
I have a lovely shirt that has a nametag printed on the material, it says "Hello, My Name is [the bad word]face." Down the arms is printed "Mean
People Suck." I like the shirt very much, and it's comfortable. Sometimes people laugh when they see it, which is good. Sometimes people smile,
which is also good. Sometimes people really have fun with it, calling out to me and such. All in good fun. Never once has someone come up to me and
said "Your shirt is very offensive, and I want you to cover up."
Maybe the fact that I'm enormous has something to do with that, or maybe people are just cowards when they know they're being ridiculous and are
afraid of being laughed at to their face. I don't know.
I think peoples' personal aversion to certain words is their right, but making it societal dictum is irrational and primitive. What are we, apes
hiding in a cave afraid of lightning? It's just letters, words, concepts, ideas. The parents can't educate their children on bad words and good
words, they can't reinforce good behavior without attempting to stifle the natural environment of public discourse?
Nobody better try to argue that obscene clothing isn't a function of public discourse, that would be foolish. You can't legislate taste, just ask
This society has gotten in the nasty habit of censoring ideas based on the objections of a vocal minority. Everyone knows reasonable, sensible people
don't write letters or complain to the air crew when they see a bad word in print. It's the vocal minority, the people who like to impose their
will upon the world, who get all the recognition in this country.
Most people just shrug it off as bad taste and go on about their lives. That's the sensible thing to do.
I'll never fly Southwest again, and I used to be a paying customer of theirs. Screw 'em if they can't stand up for the rights of all their
Of course it's their right to allow mob rule, but I think it shows a lack of character in a business when it plays into the hands of extremists to
garner support from those camps.
[edit on 7-10-2005 by WyrdeOne]