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The first is by Stephen Fry
"It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so fucking what."
The second is by Brian Cox
"The problem with today’s world is that everyone believes they have the right to express their opinion AND have others listen to it. The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstrably nonsense! "
Both are so apt these days as it seems every day the rod up the internet's collective arse gets a rod up its arse about something. Whether it be Judy Finnigan's opinion on whether Ched Evans rape conviction mean he should play football again, or all that collective bullshit about Gamergate. Who actually cares? Will it immediately or indirectly affect your quality of life? No. So shut the fuck up and go outside. Maybe lay off the coffee and daytime TV.
I despise posters telling me to "keep calm" but lately I think the constant reminders are need for keyboard warriors who feel the need to steamroller their beliefs and opinions onto others through threats and intimidation.
I may have some unpopular opinions and thoughts but I don't care if people don't agree. I'm very open to the idea that I'm wrong (I'm not). But I don't threaten strangers with rape or murder if they don't agree with me. That's just for my very dear friends.
Now calm down or you're all getting a time out. Tweet