Frankie Boyle: “Taking offence is often simply an attempt to deny reality”
I really dont agree with this guy about joking about rape, I cant think of anything worse really, and I really dont agree with him about trolling either, its not healthy and it shouldnt be typical of anyone teenagers or not, but I cant help but think the whole idea of offence being a policeable matter which legal sanction is a little concerning.
It is likely to mean the diversion of resources away from other things which I think are more serious, I also think it empowers the people making the offensive remarks no end and gives them a certain sort of satisfaction, what you resist, persists as they say because in nine out of ten cases the resistance provides the target with all the motivation they need to carry on, it could be that having the opposition forms the greater part of an unexamined raison detre (I'm not thinking of minority or niche sexual politics here before anyone pigeon holes this post, I am actually thinking of the dynamics of the violent conflict in Northern Ireland its legacy).
Also, I dont like that comedians like this guy, who I incidently dont think is funny at all and only know about because of this controversy they are whipping up (much like Russell Brand but from a different angle), can achieve a profile in this way.
Its a major example of feeding the trolls and the way the internet and social media permits everyone a platform and fools a lot of people into thinking they are being compelled to pay attention, both the protagonist and the antagonist imagine there's a vital gallery of others who are either supportive/listening in the first place or whose opinion matters and need to be won over/protected from the same.
Anyway, thoughts and opinions? Have you heard about this?