Friday, October 7, 2011

Johnny Depp and Hank Williams Jr.

(Johnny Depp) told the November issue of Vanity Fair in an interview that he found being photographed a "weird" experience. "Well, you just feel like you're being raped somehow," he was quoted as saying in an excerpt released Tuesday. (Johnny Depp apologizes for Vanity Fair "rape" comment)

Most of us understand Depp’s sentiment. He feels he is being violated, exposed, abused, and used, when he is being photographed. I don’t understand how this is even an issue. Rape is a terrible thing. If he had said something flippant about rape, belittled it in some way, that I could understand. But he didn’t. He simply tried to put what he felt in a way to be understood. And yet some misunderstood and were outraged by his simile. Depp chose to apologize.

 light bulbWhat we need to understand is that someone, somewhere will always be offended by even the least offensive of terms. Should we let a small group infringe upon our freedom of speech?

Let’s move on to Hank Williams. This is the controversy (in case you’re one of the six people who haven’t yet heard): Williams, whose song "All My Rowdy Friends" has been the "Monday Night Football" theme on both ABC and ESPN since 1991, said on "Fox and Friends" that he thought House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner playing golf with President Obama "would be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu ... In the shape this country is in?" ESPN Pulls Williams from MNF Opening

First, let me say this. I don’t watch Monday Night Football and couldn’t care less if a song of Hank Williams Jr. opens the show or not. Secondly, I don’t like Williams music and never have. Thirdly, as a Christian, I believe we are to respect the president of the United States.

The question is, does Williams’ remark disrespect President Obama? Does he say Obama is like Hitler? No. The analogy has nothing to do with President Obama, per se. Obama and Boehner playing golf together is like Hitler playing golf with a Jewish leader. This analogy is about the tension existing between the president and Republicans.

To fail to understand these are simply analogies make some as bright as burnt-out light bulbs in the Superdome.

My apologies to light bulb makers everywhere.


  1. Amen. We are going to stupid ourselves to death and lose our freedom of speech entirely, maybe not legally (although that is happening) but certainly in the sense that we will become afraid to say anything. And it has nothing to do with offense and entirely with control/money if you ask me.

  2. So true. People are soon going to be afraid to say anything!

    Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I am a light bulb manufacture and I am so offended by what you said! My light bulbs never burn out! And to be associated with stupid people...LOL! You knew someone was going to say something like this. Sheila, wonderful points. Also it is truly a shame in the church people take offenses way beyond with GOD intended. If you do something another doesn't like, with no sin involved at all, they claim it is sin because you 'offended' them by your comment, participation, or enjoyment. We are way over stepping the bonds of common sense and GOD's plan when this happens. Whether it be in government, the church, or in our everyday lives. Somehow we forgot; 'do unto others' in all of this.

  4. Yep, knew I had to offend someone with this. LOL

    So true, Jonathan, that some are oversensitive! Things are just getting ridiculous . . .

    Thanks for dropping by!


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