No, not really . . . but the point is that the First Amendment gives you the right to say that.
Yesterday, as Dolly Girl and I lunched at the Cracker Barrel (while Californians have the habit of placing the definite article - "the" - in front of freeway designations, Southerners have the same habit for stores and commercial sites, hence, "I'm fixin' to head down to the Wiegels for some milk . . ."), she asked me about the First Amendment. Whipping out my trusty smartphone, we looked up the text and then discussed the wording and various Supreme Court decisions, which allowed me to impart the lesson that while you may have the right to say something, that same right does not shield you from criticism and the consequence of someone thinking you are an idiot for exercising it.
Oh, and for a lot of people out there, a reminder: censorship is an act of the State, not of a private entity.
Which leads us to this . . .
A woman was kicked off an American Airlines flight Wednesday for bearing a shirt with the slogan “If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d f*** a senator.”
The woman, unidentified, missed her connecting flight after the stewardess told her the captain needed to speak with her. The captain said the shirt was inappropriate and ordered her to change, otherwise she would not be permitted on the next plane. According to the Daily Mail, she was returning from a pro-choice* conference and had just landed in Washington, D.C.
“The only reason she was asked to cover up her T-shirt was the appearance of the ‘F-word’ on the T-shirt. The [pro-choice] message is irrelevant to our policy and had no bearing in our crew’s decision to ask her to cover up the F-word,” Tim Smith, a spokesman for the airline said.
According to RH Reality Check, a site dedicated to reproductive justice, the woman was praised by another passenger for wearing the shirt, and no other passengers complained about the slogan.
|Eh, I don't know- your mother might approve of your shirt. And she'd be as ignorant as you.|
You know why she was not criticized for her t-shirt? Because I was not on the plane.
Hey, do not get me wrong - as many people know, I can cuss a blue streak a mile wide. However, I am also conscious of my surroundings and so I do not go yelling profanities in public. It is rude. There are children present. And who knows, there could be someone bigger and meaner than me.
But someone like this? Yes, sweetheart, you are entitled to your opinion. But I am willing to bet that there were children aboard your flight, and perhaps mature people of an older and more genteel age, and maybe even someone from another country whose impression of America is you acting like an inconsiderate twat.
Why wear it other than for the "LOOK AT ME! LOOOOOK AT MEEEEEEEE!!!" moment?
Oh, and to the pro-choice person who would say, "Oh, yah? Well, pro-life people wave pictures of aborted fetuses around . . ." I say, yes, you're right, some do - and it is wrong. And what a pro-life person might do, what a Bosnian baker might do, what a Tasmanian transvestite might do, what anyone might do is irrelevant to your own actions.
So there is an on-line petition asking American Airlines to apologize? I would like this opportunity to thank American Airlines. If someone who had not bathed in days tried to board a plane, with very objectionable body odor, do you think the airline has the responsibility of refusing them access, with the notion that as part of the transaction in the sale of an airline ticket, the airline should try to ensure a pleasant flight for its customers? Same thing here.
Oh, and yes - if I were wearing a Crucifix and was seated next to someone who expressed that it made them uncomfortable to see it . . . I'd slip it under my shirt. While I have a great deal of respect for a sacramental such as a Crucifix, a person still demands more respect.
And more than an agenda.