IN POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WE WALLOW
An Essay by a Sincerely Disgusted, Jaded Teen
Political correctness. The unwritten law of the land that all 21st century Americans live by. When speaking of controversial matters we choose our words carefully, checking ourselves and phrasing our sentences so we do not “offend” anyone; for if we do then we are called racist, homophobic, intolerant, anti-feminist, etc. So caught up are we by political correctness that we often tip toe around, or altogether avoid saying things that ought to be said.
We even hold others up to this standard of political correctness, oftentimes more so than ourselves. We're continually watching, waiting for a celebrity to say something even slightly homophobic so that we may be justified in diving in and stripping the flesh from their bones, as a hawk would it's prey.
This is the unfortunate case right now with lead singer/songwriter Tyler Joseph, of Twenty One Pilots. The “failure” on his part to tweet about gay marriage being legalized in all 50 states has set off the Twenty One Pilots' fan-base, the Skeleton Clique. Tyler, the hounds have been let loose...and your blood is on the menu.
In this essay I intend to inform the Skeleton Clique why they are a bunch of howling jackasses and why political correctness is a false religion. You may not agree with me, that's fine; I don't agree with your dumb ass either. Or in the words of Thomas Jefferson (for he phrases it much more eloquently than I): “I tolerate with the utmost latitude the right of others to differ from me in opinion without imputing them to criminality.” However, I will not remain silent while you lam-blast a wonderful man because you were upset that he didn't tweet “Congrats to the gays! #lovewins”
As many of you know on June 26th gay marriage was ruled legal in all 50 states by the supreme court. So of course the flipping internet EXPLODED with tumblr posts, tweets and #lovewins. Many websites logos (including deviantArt) sported rainbow colors . The freaking White House was lit up with rainbow colors!
With many influential people, celebrities, politicians and regular Joes tweeting various #lovewins messages it seems as though the LGBTQA community and those who support them have finally won their “battle”. Right?
(Although I'll refrain from poking the hornets nest by pointing out that it isn't much of a victory, considering that the vast majority of the states [37 of 50, you do the math] have already legalized it, and that the supreme court ruling passed with the slimmest margin possible [5 to 4, once again do the math genius]. AND that the people who passed the law are not elected, therefore they do not rightfully, nor accurately, represent the 318.9 million people that live in the U.S.A. OR the fact that gays have an even higher divorce rate then straights do [hovering around 70% as opposed to just under 50%. In fact most gay marriages last less than 5 years; “Darling, mommy and mommy are getting a divorce.”] But I won't point any of that out, because being able to read and write [maybe], you've probably figured that out for yourself.)
WRONG! It's not enough that they've finally gotten their way, now they have drag public figures, celebrities, and pretty much anyone else who didn't tweet #lovewins”, through the mud!
Sadly this turns out to be true for the Skeleton Clique as well. I am fairly new to Twenty One Pilots, only discovering them about two months ago. In this short time they have become a fantastic inspiration to me. When I listen to them I feel understood, like I can get through whatever is weighing on my mind and come out stronger. As I became more familiar with them and the Skeleton Clique I felt as though TOP had an excellent fan-base, made up of intelligent, kind, considerate people. As I said, I'm new to TOP, so forgive me for having the wrong 1st impression.
Tyler Joseph “failed” to tweet anything about the “momentous” date. And never mind the fact that he doesn't tweet a hell of a lot about anything. He is careful about what he puts out there for the whole world to know. Josh too. They usually just tweet goofy (although sometimes profound) things. So it wasn't out of character for Tyler to not tweet anything about the “momentous” date. Yet enough of the Skeleton Clique harassed Tyler (and yes, that was harassment) that he felt pressured into apologizing for...NOTHING??? Seriously, he had to post an apology on twitter for doing nothing. That's how petty and inane the Clique is. Ooo, you feel big now? You browbeat your idol into saying he was sorry for “offending” you after you tweeted “die fucker” to him half a million times.
But even THAT'S not good enough for you people! You're still giving him shit, saying that it was a halfhearted apology intended to get all of you off his back! What the hell is wrong with you? I've always known that my peers are a bunch of self-involved, disrespectful twits, but this is unbelievable! I read his apology and you know what? It broke my heart. He felt backed into a corner, forced to say something, so he did. He gave out the best heartfelt explanation he could, without compromising his ground and morals and even after getting your way, you're still being cruel. I read your comments, I saw what you put out there for him read. Shame. On. You.
How can you push your political views, positions, and agendas onto Tyler's shoulders for him to carry and then still expect him to create his art? Why do you demand of him that he answer not only for his own actions, but those of others as well?
Tyler gives so much of himself to you. He writes those confessional, deeply personal songs, then he puts them out there, for you. Because he knows that someone will hear it and be able to relate, that maybe his lyrics will even be able to help you. Not only that, but he sits through interviews, photo shoots, films for music videos, and tours months at a time, for you. And you know what? There is absolutely nothing stopping him from dropping it and leaving you all high and dry. He doesn't actually HAVE to continue putting himself out there for you, you who are cruel and then expect him to continue entertaining you.
You know Lori Black, Shirley Temple's daughter? She used to play bass in this punk band called the Melvins; until she decided she'd had enough of being in the eye of the public and dropped off the face of the earth with her husband. Oh she's still alive, but she pulled a disappearing act so that she could live the rest of her life in privacy. Tyler could do the same thing. If he gets sick of your crap, there's nothing in the way of his just disappearing with Jenna and living a happy life free of the Clique's shitty, disrespectful actions.
Give it a rest. So what if a ton of movie stars and singers tweeted “#lovewins”? Plenty of them didn't. Many people on dA posted supportive art of the new law. Many didn't. Did I go to the pages of artists I admire and give them grief for not drawing something to commemorate the event? No! Lots of people posted supportive things, lots didn't, so why are you singling out someone that you supposedly love, respect, and admire, and trashing him over such a petty matter? Don't say it's because you didn't feel like you were being supported. Because I guarantee that for every person you admire who didn't tweet about it, five other people you admire did. You have your damn support. And by the way, it's not the job of your favorite singer to publicly support a political position. It's a POLITICIAN'S job. What a shocker.
And quit calling Tyler homophobic, he's not. The problem with you people is that you automatically assume that all Christians are intolerant, self-righteous, homophobic, zealous asses. We're not. I should know, I'm a Christian too after all.
While I cannot speak for Tyler when it comes to the following, I do believe based on his apology and what I do know of him, that he and I have a similar attitude towards loving our fellow man, even if we don't agree with them all the time.
It is true that the Bible does not advocate homosexuality. In fact it's pretty blunt about it being a heinous sin (“'Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.'” Leviticus 18:22)
However, Jesus said “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”(Matthew 7:1) And Leviticus 19:18 clearly states to “love your neighbor as yourself”. Therefore, I can only draw the conclusion that I am to love all of my fellow men and women (however difficult that may be) as Jesus would have done. I know, that sounds lofty and like I'm full of it. But the love that Jesus spoke of is, as I see it, loving your neighbor out of a compassion and sympathy of knowing how difficult it is to be alive.
I can love my fellow man and woman that way. I may not condone their behavior, or their lifestyle choices (homosexuality for example), but I can still love them. Example: I have a gay friend whom I don't get to see that often anymore, but when I do it's such a joy to talk to her. She's funny and smart, and we love talking about music. She knows I don't agree with her lifestyle choice, but we still get along really well. I've another friend who is very supportive of the LGBTQA community. Do I agree with her about her political leanings? No. But we've been friends since we were kids, I'm not going to throw away nearly a decade's worth of friendship over it. I'm a Christian who believes in loving her fellow man.
That being said, there are a lot of intolerant, stupid Christians out there. Honestly though, that can be said about ANY group of people! As I have been pointing out, the Skeleton Clique is a prime example of this. I've had some wonderful conversations with fellow TOP fans recently. And on Tyler's apology many people were backing him up, saying that they loved and supported him. I'm not condemning the whole Clique, but obviously enough of the Clique spewed enough hate at him to back him into a corner, forcing him to write that apology, otherwise I wouldn't be writing this right now.
See, intolerant, stupid people are everywhere. Including the LGBTQA community and their supporters. For a community that preaches tolerance, equality and “being just like straights”, they are the most intolerant, entitled group out there! Except perhaps the percentage of young black people who are convinced that civil rights movement in the 60s never happened. But I digress. Bottom line; practice what you preach.
Closing topic: Do you know what “Runaway Consumerism” is? It's when a society's basic needs are so fulfilled that we buy perfectly worthless crap. Well, this is similar. Let's call it “Runaway Political Correctness”.
We have it so good here in America. Racism is virtually non-existent (seriously, stop bitching, it doesn't happen that often, if at all, these days), the glass ceiling has evaporated (get over yourselves, feminists), and now gays can marry one another. There's nothing left to rebel against. So, instead of trumping up wrongful accusations against perfectly wonderful people, why don't you, oh I don't know, focus on bettering yourselves, or reaching out to your fellow man in need? Or something as equally crazy, like getting the government to start paying attention to the will of the people again.
Stop getting so wrapped up in the political leanings of your favorite musicians, actors and whatnot. I mean, what drew you to Twenty One Pilots in the first place? A picture of them perhaps, or their name intrigued you, whatever. The point is, you were drawn to them because of their MUSIC. That's how you got into the fandom, their MUSIC. And the MUSIC is why you stay. So what if you don't agree with them politically? It's their business! And if you were less wrapped up in their business maybe you would have the time and energy to actually study the things you're voting for instead of just checking off whatever sounds good.
And for the sweet love of all that is good, STOP BOWING DOWN TO POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. It's ridiculous, we put it before everything, to the extent where it might as well be a religion. Ah, pardon me, it already IS. A false one at any rate. I think in terms of “I'm a Christian, so how would it reflect on Jesus if I was mean and self-centered?” Many people now seem to think in terms of “How would it reflect on almighty 'Political Correctness' if I actually tipped my black waiter the fair 15%, instead of 30%?” How can you function in your interactions with other people if you're constantly worried about “offending” someone? As Tyler sang in “Implicit Demand For Proof”;
“I mean no disrespect, I am simply very perplexed by your ways.”
I was so upset to find that the Clique was slamming Tyler over something so petty and inane that I typed this to get all the thoughts crowding my skull into an organized form so I could make sense of it. Then I realized that organizing the mess in my head wasn't going to help anything unless I put it out there for people to read. Because I want to defend Tyler. He can not say anything more in his defense for fear of drawing more contention, but I can. I wrote this in defense of Tyler because I can stand up for him and what I believe and the worst that can happen to me is that a random stranger will call me an idiot. That I can deal with. What I can't deal with is standing by as I yet again ignore a difficult subject. For this time if I failed to speak, I would not only be cowardly, compromising my own morals, but I would also let down the person that I regard as my falsely accused hero.
In closing Sum 41 has a song lyric that really suits this essay. I didn't agree with it at first, but now I think it's not so far off.
“Divided we stand, together we fall.”
Get it together people.