Can we really call a 9-year-old a c**t? Yes we can.
The hysteria from the liberal establishment since THAT tweet calling Quvenzhane Wallis a c**t is unbelievable. Get a grip, America!
It pains me to admit it, but before Section 5 of Britain's Public Order Act was suitably reformed, the aforementioned question might have gotten you in a spot of hot water with the fuzz. But in popular culture, I would argue, or at least hope, that a satirical newspaper calling a 9-year-old girl a c**t would probably go down a little better in the UK than it has in the US over the past 24 hours.
The story is thus...
Against a backdrop of live, silly tweets during the Oscar ceremonies last night, the often-unfunny and crudely constituted satirical website, The Onion, took to Twitter to slam some of the red-carpet celebs making their way into the ceremony.
Amongst its tongue-in-cheek tweets was which stated, "Everyone seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhane Wallis is kind of a c**t, right?" (our redaction)
You might quiz the hypocrisy of me defending the tweet, while remaining unwilling to write the c-word out in full myself. This is, I assure you, less to do with the worry of offending than it is to do with maintaining some element of adult-reporting on the matter. (Editor's Note: You kind of blew that at the end)
But The Onion is not an adult outlet. It is a satirical paper. And the ire it has been on the receiving end of since that now deleted tweet is really quite stupid.
Those who have been quick to jump to Wallis's defence argue that it is unacceptable to call a child a c**t. Does that mean it's perfectly fine to call an adult a c**t? I would say so. But I would also say, much like it's ok to call a child an idiot, a fool, a twerp, a brat or a plethora of other derogatory terms, it's probably also fine to call them a c**t.
Examine the logic with me. If it's not ok to call a child a c**t, then when does it become ok? Is there a c**t-threshold? When does a c**t come of age? What's the c**t cut off?
Maybe 16 years old? Maybe 18? Maybe you can't be a c**t until you're old enough to drink the US? By which point you're probably a drunk c**t anyway.
As George Carlin used to remark, these, of course, are just words which we ascribe meaning to. And it's not like it was a serious tweet by some serious news outlet, was it?
Come on, America. I thought you c**ts had a better sense of humour.
Now f**k off.
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