Tuesday, April 8, 2008

no offense, but . . .

lots of people have been talking about the 'stuff white people like' blog lately. it is certainly interesting, funny, etc. ironic, too; or perhaps simply smart blogging, seeing as how the blog itself has turned into something of a white-person phenomenon.
however, as soon as you get sick of reading it (which i hope you do; it's more than a little asinine and self-involved) i would recommend heading over to this website.

incidentally, have you ever noticed how some people expect to excuse the rest of whatever they say that goes along with the phrase 'i'm just saying' or 'no offense?' (i've done this, too). 'no offense, but Hitler was pretty efficient, when you think about it,' as one website puts it. or, 'that outfit is really ugly. i'm just saying!.' (as girls well know, the latter statement can be conveyed very simply in a series of looks and facial expressions, and in about as much time as it would take someone to say it aloud).
people use these phrases to preface a statement that normally would be offensive - i mean, that's the
only time anyone ever says them! are people so afraid of causing offense that they feel the need to totally remove it as an option before they speak up? or is it just an accepted social nicety, meant for use before a person says anything remotely controversial?
i for one think that it is an unequivocally dumb thing to say.

i mean, no offense. i'm just saying . . .

2 comments:

Bryson said...

Howdy. I'm one of the writers of the "Not Hating" blog...thanks so much for the kind words!

Also, just wanted to warn you that I may be doing a post soon on people who dress up their pets. I'm not sure where you fall on this topic, due to your pro-dog dressing stance, coupled with your apparent anti-cat dressing stance. It seems like you have a little bit of a double-standard going there. I'm not hating, I'm just saying...

Lisa said...

Hi LO
Just found your blog for the first time. Read this and it reminds me of an ongoing joke I have with a friend about an old baptist granny who slams people buts says something spiritual after. I just read an email with this in it today, thought you might enjoy the humor:

i'll leave all those details for the letters you'll get from me when we're eighty years old and I'm wearing gobs of costume jewry precious that our sweet Lord and Savior provided for me, and giving you updates on my work-day and the price of insurance and butter, all the while praising the local baptist pastor for his powerful sermons even though he has an ugly wife (bless his heart).

I know it's messed up, but it's pretty awesome, I'm just saying...