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Old 05-28-2014, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Irishsox1 View Post
It bothers me in a way that freedom of speech is under attack by the PC Police. Say something the PC Police deems offensive and then you have to apologize, pay a fine, go to sensitivity rehab or forced to sell your business.

I can call them the PC Police because I'm not disagreeing or agreeing with what they are saying, I'm labeling what they are doing. By the way, I'm not surprised the PC Police would be offended or insulted by being labeled, they are pretty easy to offend.

This has nothing to do with freedom of speech. It has nothing to do with the PC Police, whatever that is. People complaining about PC Police one day are accused of being PC Police on another.

If you're in a business where you want to attract customers, a good business strategy is to offend as few people as possible. I have been to cemeteries on Memorial Day. If as a journalist I shared with people in the group gathered for the occasion that the real meaning of Memorial Day was really about barbecues and baseball, having to apologize would be the least painful of my expected consequences.

Perhaps because Twitter limits communications to 140 characters -- there being so many unnecessary words, I guess -- the White Sox phrased a message in a way that offended some of the people in their potential fanbase by suggesting the meaning of Memorial Day had changed, it now being about barbecues and baseball. That is what this is about. It is irrelevant that for some people it has, and someone who holds Memorial Day sacred knowing this will only be more offended with the tweet reminding them.

The people the tweet offended were among the people previous tweets from baseball and the White Sox were playing up to. Baseball celebrates Memorial Day. It doesn't want to be seen as displacing the Memorial Day people revere.

I wasn't offended. What people say doesn't bother me. I wasn't even offended by anything Ozzie Guillen ever said or thought that he needed to shut up, although I could see where a few apologies were necessary during the Guillen years. Trigger the language filter in berating me while responding to my post, and you won't offend me.

But this has nothing to do with freedom of speech or the PC Police. This is public relations 101.