Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Everybody’s taking offence

Julia Gillard defended her then Speaker Peter Slipper last night by attacking the misogynism of opposition leader Tony Abbott. She took a lot of offence—about 37 times, by my count…

But it was only faux offence. Because what she was defending was this (NSFW).

Which reminds me again of Stephen Fry’s comment the end of the now famous 'Blasphemy Debate':

'It's now very common to hear people say, "I'm rather offended by that", as if that gives them certain rights. It's no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. "I'm offended by that." Well, so fucking what?'

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