On the 6th day #ofadcal refreshed us with Stephen Fry #creativact

A refreshing blog post from the Stephen Fry archive.

 

In the famous words of Stephen Fry – 

So you’re offended. So fucking what?

A lot of crap going on in the world today, but one thing i cannot stand is people being offended by the radio, television or the internet ( lol bex fukt.com )
For instance, the russell brand and Jonathan Ross incident. 
I didn’t know know the outraged elderly were big fans of Russell Brand.
How many of you even saw that? 
The newspapers covering the story like hungry little shit insects was even more rediculous. 
So yeah..

You’re offended at something you see or hear.
So Fucking What???

“The question seems flippant at first glance. Even rude. But it is a serious and profound question. You’re feelings are hurt. You’ve chosen to take offence at somebody else’s words. So fucking what?

It’s an offensive world we live in. Deal with it like an adult. You have not been physically harmed. Why should your offence be more important than someone else’s freedom to express themselves?

So. Fucking. What?

Before you picket a theatre, write to your local paper, fire your AK-47 in the air, or call for someone’s head on a plate, ask yourself this question. Can you give an honest and coherent answer, explaining why your personal hurt feelings take precedence over someone else’s freedom?

Because you need to have an answer to this question. And it has to be a good one. Otherwise you will just be dismissed as an irrational, immature cry-baby with an inflated sense of the importance of your own sensibilities.

So.

Fucking.

What?”

 

An Offence related treat every day till Xmas Morning. As part of #creativact 

 Creative Activism – A Free and Open Undergraduate Degree Class exploring Creative Media Activism launching in January 2012.

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