Catch-up wrote:Sorry Rap, but that's another one of those arguments I don't buy, "The only people offended are not the people being made fun of." How do you really know that? You can't. You haven't polled the entire group. Again, it's one of those things thrown out there because people don't want to deal with the reality that people's feelings and self esteem might actually be impacted.
You can't know they were all offended either. So Where does it end? So you shouldn't do something if even one person will get offended? But people get offended at EVERYTHING. and I'm not exaggerating here. there is nothing you can say or do that wouldn't be offensive to someone. And what about the people that didn't get offended? aren't their views just as important?
consider the link I put in the headlines topic. Guy gets fired because he liked a tv show. His coworkers were "offended" so does that make it ok?
You disagreed with what I said, does that mean I shouldn't say it? Should the whole world be this sad, lonely place where everyone just sits in a corner, never talking, never doing anything simply because someone, somewhere, might get offended and doing any less would be "insensitive"?
Ofcourse, then someone would be offended by everyone else being so quite and lazy.
Eventually you get to a point where taking one person's feelings into account starts stomping on the feelings of another
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