Or just apologizing and recognizing that you were being a jackass.
Apparently, one of the biggest problem for our Tory immigrants in the media sector is learning when to shut the fuck up. Last night, Piers Morgan had Janet Mock on, which means that one person I wish I had never heard of was interviewing someone I had never heard of, and apparently Piers made a total ass of himself on twitter after the interview:
Last night, Piers Morgan had trans activist Janet Mock on his program. It did not go well. And today, when confronted about it by various trans activists and allies, he threw a Twitter temper tantrum for the ages.
Cliff’s notes version of the dramz: Morgan is upset that he’s being accused of transphobia and insists that during the interview, Mock seemed fine with his line of questioning. But today, Morgan would have been better served to step away from the computing machine and prep for a revisit of that discussion tonight rather than engaging like a jackass on Twitter. It’s hard to pick a moment that’s the most over the top and childish, but here are a few good ones.
Part of his twitter meltdown included calling her formerly a man, which really got a number of people pissed off. I was initially sympathetic, because I really know fuck all about the topic. If forced, at gunpoint, to accurately describe the difference between transgender and transsexual, I can guarantee I would fuck it up every time and dig myself into a hole because my only personal experience anywhere in the genre is being kissed in the mid 90’s by a drag queen dressed as Marilyn (she serenaded me with Diamonds, and my gay friends were all hysterical and one actualy has a picture he claims he is saving for if I ever run for office) at a gay bar in Morgantown (the Class Act). And at that point, having answered incorrectly, they would probably just shoot me out of sympathy. I do know that for some fucked up reason I will not comprehend, I remember a number of high profile bloggers who are basically all gay rights oriented but who don’t want trans to get included in the progress, and that makes no sense to me, because rights are rights regardless of who you are.
And that lack of insight isn’t because I am a hater, it’s because it just isn’t part of my routine daily existence- there really is not a very big trans community in my town of 300. I tend to not know about things I don’t have to deal with or are not exposed to, like most of you. And that isn’t a crime or an issue or even a problem if you are not being judgmental- which I am not, as I have long prided myself on being a “whatever blows your trumpet” kind of guy. What you do that you do because you like to do it ain’t my concern, and I am not going to give a shit if it isn’t something I don’t do.
Plus, the things I do not know in this world so vastly exceed the things I do sort of know by, well, a lot. Knowing that, though, means that I am infinitely more self-aware than Piers Morgan. He couldn’t even be bothered to use the google before his interview, made an ass out of himself on tv, and then went to the twitter, where he immediately did more damage.
But he didn’t stop there with one stupid tweet as he just couldn’t shut the fuck up about it, and just went for the gusto, and invoked Jared Leto, demanded an apology from Mock, the person he insulted, and then just went totally insane. The whole thing kind of reminded me of me on this blog from 2002-2005.
I also think I am going to tag everything I write with OLD MAN YELLS AT CLOUDS because I have been feeling so splenetic lately.