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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Calm Down, It's Just Ozzie...


I knew Ozzie Guillen's mouth was capable of some amazing things (no homo), but his divulging to TIME magazine that he was pro Fidel Castro has really sent things to the next level. Not that his comments surprised me (to be honest, I feel if asked before his controversial comments, I would have assumed he would have said he liked Castro solely on the basis that that's the type of shit that Ozzie says!), but the debates that have been sparked leading up to and in the wake of his five game suspension have really brought to the fore front how little people seem to know about the 1st Amendment, and how easily they're surprised and outraged when stupid people say stupid things. Only Ozzie. Even with his foot lodged in his mouth, he's able to teach, entertain and expose the ignorance of the masses. That's both why he's beautiful, and why we need to stop taking moral cues from our athletes and entertainers. Because that's the real issue here. Not that he said what he said, but that there are enough people out there that are actually listening, and taking guys like Ozzie Guillen seriously...


Hey, I'm not trying to defend what Ozzie said (I'm in favor of his suspension), or tell Cuban-Americans that they can't be offended. I'm just saying they shouldn't be offended by the comments of a man that's never made a serious statement in his entire life. That's all I'm saying, just consider the source. This is a guy that regularly swears during LIVE TV and radio interviews because he doesn't know any better. Again, not using Ozzie's ignorance as an excuse, just saying I find it hard to believe that any person or any group could actually be hurt of affected by something this man has to say. Maybe it's me, but other than Ozzie Guillen making a direct and personal attack at me or my family, I don't think anything he'd have to say could possibly come close to hurting my feelings. I know some Cuban-Americans will argue that that's exactly what he did, but I don't buy it...
What? No good?

Like, what if Rex Ryan came out and said he admired Hitler? Deplorable? Sure. Would the Jets be well within their rights to fire or suspend him? Of course. But should German and Jewish Americans be in an uproar? No, they shouldn't. Why? Because Rex Ryan is an idiot, and if we as a society start letting the opinions of idiots get us all riled up, then I'm afraid we're gonna beat the Mayans to the punch and burn this sucker down long before December...

Ozzie has the right to say what he wants, just like every citizen
has the right to have a pair of Bear arms hanging in their house.
The Constitution is very clear on both of these issues...
And as for the 1st Amendment, freedom of speech and blah blah blah. It doesn't apply here. He's entitled to say whatever he wants and on the flip side, the Marlins are well within their rights to fire him if they deem his speech inappropriate. Freedom of speech only applies in terms of the government censoring what you can and can not say. That's not what this is. When Ozzie gets arrested for his pro Castro banter, then we can talk, but until the government is the one telling him to shut up, freedom of speech just doesn't apply. Plain and simple. I've already heard plenty of people argue otherwise, which is why I felt the need to explain, but it's just not the case, and anyone using that to support their argument should be muted faster than local car dealership commercial...


I guess in short, I think people need to thicken up their skin, and stop letting the opinions of the less than intelligent have any sort of impact on their everyday lives. Keep a grain of salt or two at the ready, perhaps. Because it's the outlandish people that say the most entertaining things, and if we discourage them from speaking, the world will be a very boring place. Call me insensitive, but that's just how I feel. There's just nothing that a professional athlete, coach or entertainer could say that would offend me or my beliefs, and the fact that it can do that to some people just leads me to think that their own beliefs probably aren't as steadfast as they're letting on. I get it, he lauded a murderous dictator that has close ties to many in his fan base. Not cool. I guess I'm just much more discouraged to find that there are that many people out there that actually take this guy seriously, and that they're "outrage" over his typically over the top comments could end up depriving baseball and professional sports one of it's most colorful land entertaining characters...

Again, you can call me insensitive, but I just call it considering the source. And when the source has no credibility, there's no reason to take anything they have to say to heart. Just laugh at guys like Ozzie, and dismiss them as fools. It'll make life a lot more enjoyable and a lot less stressful, trust me...


Teddy Williams...
100...

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'd be interested to hear what John Footpenis has to say about all this 1st Amendment talk.

Brett Ferruccio said...

The Bear Arms of FootPenis? That has fantasy league/team name written all over it.

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