We can simply turn off trashy television

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 15:49 PM.

Even as an opinion columnist with the little ol’ Havelock News (circulation of about 1,500 per week) in still rural and largely conservative Eastern North Carolina, I get shredded for some of my opinions. And because of the Internet, I can (and do) get shredded occasionally nationally — even globally.

Being shredded is both one of the joys and risks of being an opinion columnist. An opinion columnist with a thin skin won’t last very long because there’s always someone out there with a different opinion, one just as strong who is willing — even anxious — to shred the columnist.

And I’m OK with that. Being shredded can be invigorating. Anyway, one who vents one’s opinion publicly shouldn’t expect to get off Scot-free.

Oops. Is it OK to say "Scot-free" in today’s hyper-politically sensitive culture of ours? By writing "Scot-free" I’m being biased implying a whole race of people is cheap, am I not?

But in the final analysis, maybe we really aren’t so politically correct after all. While it may be frowned upon to name a sports team the "Redskins" anymore or use terms like "Indian giver" or "Scot-free" for that matter, it isn’t frowned upon to criticize religiosity or morality. In fact, it’s almost like a shooting gallery. We can — and do — freely shred those who offer religious opinions or speak out against immorality — or at least what used to be considered immoral — without any accusations of bias.

Angus T. Jones, the "Half" of the hit TV show "Two and a Half Men" was shredded in the blogosphere last month for speaking out against the immorality of his show. Oh, he was right by the way. It is immoral. Or at least it would have been even a decade ago if it’s not immoral any longer.

Jones has recently discovered God and the Bible and was reportedly speaking about his show’s immorality in a recent video. Among other things, he said the show was "filth."



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