Perhaps more than else, this generation distinguishes itself as the “ age of freedom “. Which, in retrospect is quite fitting. The first ever telepathic communication device has been confirmed, the LGBTQ2S community has made vigorous advancements, and being yourself is finally legal in many places. It’s hard to imagine, but not long ago schools for the developmentally challenged were officially named “Schools for Idiots” or “Schools for Imbeciles.” Today we scratch our heads, wondering how people could have been so insensitive.
With all of the horrors faced by previous generations, perhaps it is understandable that “ self esteem “ was not a popular term.
But press the button of millennials, or the unnamed generation “Z”, and you might just find yourself in some trouble. The smallest insult will send these people over the edge. Yet, something that I admire is this because of this, they are always the first to an issue. Take the Jefree Star incident for example.
Back in June 2017, Jeffree posted a video entitled “Racism”. He made some very horrifying comments in this video, attacking race and gender. In the 15-minute apology video, Jeffree apologised for his racist comments. Yet this was not enough for those of today. He continues to get hate comments and death threats. In this case, people were genuinely offended. This was DEFINITELY not okay. He should have known better than to make such comments. But death threats? Seriously?
You may also remember the recent incident regarding our favourite reality tv setting, the White House. Just a few weeks ago, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was accused of supposed inappropriate touching of a women, just days before he would have possibly claimed a spot in as Supreme Court ruler.
Though, luckily for us, a woman by the name of Christine Ford spoke up, and Kavanaugh was put to the test in court. This again, I believe was a good call on Fords part. Thid case was in Cavanaugh’s past, but what was there rest of the worlds reaction. What was yours?
What about the times when the media has actually over-reacted? Most likely, you know, or at least have heard of the name Chevy Chase. A popular comedian in the 70s, most commonly known for his over the top, offensively offensive jokes. But now Chase is being punished for his over the top, (funny) jokes. By who, you may ask? No one else but our favourite little judges. Today’s society. Is this ok? No. Certainly not. The 70s was a totally different age, and any equivalent jokes made today would certainly not be passable, or even seen as funny. But should Chase really be punished for a relatively funny joke in the 70s, that may offend those today? Sure. Maybe sitting in his kitchen ignoring this feedback and having his family speak for him is not a passable answer. But this is about us, not him. To back him up, he is a comedian. This is his job. He is being judged way too harshly. Because, as the old saying says, a comedian’s gotta do what a comedian’s gotta do.
In this situation, what the mature person would do is they would let go of his jokes. I fully aware, even as a little known bystander that Chevy is aware of his horrid reputation. But is this going to change his reaction to the situation? No. I will fully admit that I myself am frustrated by his ignorance to these comments, and of course if we are considering maturity, than Chases reaction must come in to play. But rather than wallowing in this disaster, lets instead be the adults in the room and move on. There are bigger more important subjects which must attain our interest.
This knowledge and aspect of life angered me. If I was to ask for the aid of my fellow human beings, then I would hope that the children of earth would join me, for it is our views and interests that can change this for the better. Of all the amazing feats that have been accomplished today, yesterday and tomorrow this is one thing that the “age of freedom“ has yet to learn. But our kids do have one thing to remember. We have the right to speak, and the world has the right to hear our voices. So before you close this link and agonize the world with your slightly unnecessary opinion, let me part with one question. Should the word really be living other people’s lives? “My life, my choices, my mistakes and my lessons” seven billion brains with a story to tell and seven billion brains who are willing to listen can change the world.