Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Fondness for Football and Margaret Cho

What it is, reader. Tomorrow I am going on a silent meditation retreat which I am both happily anticipating and sort of dreading. I'm going to miss the Golden Globes and Downton, which means I'll have feelings of resentment and irritation to work with, in addition to overall technology/media withdrawal and potential overexposure to quinoa. Stay tuned for tales.

This weekend I am also going to miss all the football, le SOB. However, one of my favorite pieces of sports journalism this week has been Brian Moylan's coverage of this weekend's playoffs on Gawker. Be warned, it's pretty filthy but hilariously so. I would eagerly watch the Superbowl if Moylan was covering it. Someone please see to it.

Reader, do you like Margaret Cho? I think she's pretty righteous and boy howdy, is she pissed. She got a new tattoo and posted a picture of it on Twitter. When I first saw it I was concentrating on the artwork and didn't realize at first that it was her asscheek. So yeah, she posted a picture of her be-thonged butt on Twitter and as they do, the body-snarking trolls came out. Straw, meet the camel's back: she just let loose with an epic rage against the destructive power of body hatred directed toward girls and women. An excerpt:

Some outside facebook observer said that my “language” was too much and told me that I had “lost a fan” because she couldn’t condone my “language”. I am sorry for that, as I love my fans, and it sucks to lose one, but obviously she doesn’t understand that when you grow up the way that I did, with kids at school throwing rocks at my face because they hated it because it was so ugly to them and they wanted the blood from my wounds to cover it so it wouldn’t have to be seen and at summer camps stuffed dog shit in my sleeping bag because I was told time and again that I looked like shit – and that I had to empty myself in the dark forest and still sleep in smelling that shit all that night and for weeks after because my family was too poor to afford a new one, my “language” is on the strong side. I apologize for offending the former fan, but I am only myself. That is all I can be, and if I must apologize for that, I don’t mind. All I am trying to say is that no young girl should be told she is ugly. If she is, you kill her spirit, and she may grow up like me, and lose a fan.

Take a few minutes to read the whole post. Usually a "don't feed the trolls" attitude prevails online. Most times I'm inclined to agree but sometimes this is a fine option.


Anonymous said...

Go pack! I have to post the pic of me, gene and margaret, I love her too.

Professional Critic said...

At first I thought you were telling me to go pack, as in a suitcase. Who's a sport nut? Me, that's who.
When did you meet Margaret Cho? I stand in awe.