Whorled View

June 24, 2008

Apology to those who were offended

I removed my post about my criticism of Carlin from yesterday because I’ve since come to realize many people saw him as family and are in pain or feel a sense of loss with his death. I was wrong to reason that there’s been and will be so many platitudes and pandering this week and next that my little pip-squeak contrarian view was okay to voice at this time.  I was wrong and I’m sorry.



  1. I read the original post and I thought it was interesting and insightful. I agree with what you said about Carlin. Maybe the timing was too fresh for some people. When a public figure does anything, including dying, they are scrutinized, glorified, vilified, celebritized, etc. Right now, Carlin is getting all of that as people reflect on his impact on popular culture. I thought your blog post was a different and honest perspective and it was certainly respectful in that it wasn’t inflammatory or sensational.

    Comment by Sally — June 24, 2008 @ 2:22 pm

  2. Thanks Sally, I’m glad you read it. Yeah, I retracted my statements only for the sake of those he left behind, and regardless whether I agree with Carlin’s advocates and supporters I at least have an obligation to be civil with regard to their immediate sense of loss and grief.

    In retrospect, now I no longer think Carlin would prefer everyone’s honest opinion about him instead of all the token praises media personalities feel obligated to give. Honesty is welcome only when it serves one’s agenda, and my honest opinion wouldn’t serve his agenda.

    Of course, that had nothing to do with me retracting my sentiments, because he doesn’t care. In keeping with our religious beliefs and tradition he’s probably in a better place and is now consumed with the details of eternity. My opinions or the platitudes of others mean nothing to him at this point.

    Comment by lullabyman — June 24, 2008 @ 3:50 pm

  3. I didn’t read it, and wasn’t offended. But I had to remove something from my blog too, because I offended someone with a bad joke. Uhg!

    ps. you’ve been tagged. You need to read my blog to find out more.

    Comment by Kristen — July 2, 2008 @ 5:54 am

  4. Now I’m intrigued and I missed your Carlin post. I hope you’ll post it again sometime…maybe with a brief explanation about this whole thing. I read an interesting short in Newsweek–a perspective I hadn’t considered about Carlin. I always just thought of him as a little funny but mostly crass. So many different humors out there.

    Comment by Jolly — July 3, 2008 @ 4:12 am

  5. How many readers to you get on average? I have a sneaking suspicion you have a lot of lurkers.

    Comment by Jolly — July 3, 2008 @ 4:13 am

  6. you don’t have to answer that, I was just wondering aloud.

    Comment by Jolly — July 3, 2008 @ 4:14 am

  7. Thanks Em … I suspect that I’m not alone in my opinions. It’s now being a week since his death I feel I can say this much …

    We live in a time when what used to be a majority has been ridiculed into a minority and into silence through the practice of unfair innuendo and unfair characterizations, ironically championed by those who are now lauded as bastions of free and equal speech. These techniques of unfair innuendo and unfair characterizations have been made acceptable only because the practice of ridicule has become every more acceptable and promoted by the main stream media (HBO in particular). Ridicule is a type humor which has respect for neither truth nor justice and is a type of humor which I think has done and ever increasingly continues to do the industry of comedy a great disservice.

    Comment by lullabyman — July 3, 2008 @ 2:10 pm

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