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Grow up – or at least get your “shit” on

February 19, 2012

If you’ve ever participated in a political debate online there is every chance you have seen the term leftard.  In the USA libtard is used often.  Usually by a person losing the debate and resorting to name calling.

Then there are those that use the term retard.

Having spent time debating the selfish and intolerant at Menzies House I’ve had the displeasure of encountering Andy Semple.  Andy loves to use the -tard suffix.  Leftard, eco-tard, retard and even EU-tard have made appearances.

Similar acts of debating desperation can be found daily following the Twitter hashtag #AusPol   You will never find a more wretched hive of intolerance and bigotry.

Last week Daily Telegraph hack Joe Hildebrand incurred the wrath of Twitter when he posted:

I just want to say I think it’s great that Sydney Airport is providing so many jobs for the mentally handicapped.

Many rightly called him on his insensitive comment, the best coming from Stella Young. Hildebrand however was unrepentant, following up with attempts at humour revealeing that he isn’t funny and has no sense of moral awareness.

Just want to say how sorry I am for using the words “mentally handicapped” in a tweet. That was really retarded of me.

Just want to say I’m sorry for offending so many people by using the word “retarded” in a tweet. That was really Irish of me.

Sorry I just offended so many people by using the term “Irish”. Just having a blonde moment.

Sadly it seems that people like Joe Hildebrand and Andy Semple will never grow up.  I doubt even this video could get through to them.

The campaign to end the use of the R-word and its variants has 235,000 plus pledges online.

Pledge your support to eliminate the demeaning use of the R-word.

However if Joe and Andy can’t grow up and stop using these terms, I have an alternative suggestion for them.

Change one vowel in your childish insults.  Substitute the “a” with a “u.”  Instead of -tard use -turd.  It’s still crap, you’ll still look like idiots who can’t debate without resorting to insults, but at least you’ll be a less offensive.

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