Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Criticizing Prince Harry For 'Offensive' Remarks Caught On Video

Prince Harry is having to deal with criticism resulting from a video of him made three years ago, in which he said certain things which are not considered "appropriate".

While it is understandable that certain statements can be interpreted as offensive to someone, somewhere, they are hardly a rare occurrence. People say crap all the time. So why is this getting as much attention (if not more) than that meteorite which landed in western Canada a few months ago? Now that was actually a rare occurrence worth mentioning.

It seems that the problem is this:

I can call someone a "ho" but I just can't get caught on video saying that, or be third in line to the British throne and get caught saying that.

Such things are only offensive if caught on video.

But here's food for thought: Context. What if Harry's so-called racist and crude remarks were just part of relieving the group tension commonly found in groups of young males. And what if his comrades were saying equally "sinister" things in turn, but those weren't included. I know I've said some pretty nasty stuff in the past but it was generally superficial, and letting off steam, not meant to hate on anyone. You tend to outgrow such juvenile outbursts, but once in a while something comes out which encroaches on political correctness territory.

Can't be serious all the time can we?

But amazingly, such comments, when coming from celebrities and politicians, are very offensive for some. And yet people say them all the time. And dumb people especially, who rarely think before they speak, are the first to call the kettle black. It's a sign of hypocrisy and a double standard between what goes on in our private lives and what is expected from those in the public eye.

And now, as expected, Harry has to apologize for it. In the words of his spokesman:

"Prince Harry fully understands how offensive this term can be, and is extremely sorry for any offence his words might cause."

Yeah, I'd be pretty sorry too, for all the mentally challenged people out there who think this is a big deal when there are other bigger problems in the world to deal with.

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