Thursday, November 5, 2009

Did I Say That Outloud?



Yesterday at work we did a story about a police chase involving a bank robber nick-named the Fantasia bandit. He was called this because prior to his stint as a bank robber he was robbing adult video stores. When they caught the guy, the first thing I thought of was "I wonder what they find when they search his car?"...so without thinking, and in a crowded room, I said "I bet they find a black plastic-prosthetic-strap-on-fist in his trunk". A few people laughed, others looked at me in horror (maybe because we had a group of high schoolers here taking a tour at the time). Looking back on it, maybe it was a little over the top.

It's even a bigger problem in on-line conversations. I left a comment once on one of Baron's videos, and someone else replied to me saying how rude I was, and "if you don't like it, don't listen". Really? I don't even know how what I said was construed as offensive but apparently it was. I had a girlfriend once that lived a good 50 miles from me. We would chat on-line sometimes in the evening to save cell phone minutes. One time she was eating and said something about how she is getting fat. I replied with "yeah, you are huge". Of course I was joking. You can all see that right? She didn't get it, and we are no longer together.

It's hard to express kidding, or ribbing without the benefit of voice inflection, facial expressions, juvenile hand gestures, fake-sodomy-hip-thrusts, etc. Especially for idiots like me, who speak without thinking most of the time anyway.

It turns out the bank robber's last name was "Bearcub"....somehow I managed to keep the racial/gay jokes to myself. Maybe I'm learning. but to those who i piss off with my lame attempts at humor...uh..well...you know....(insert some easily misunderstood offensive comment here).

10 comments:

deach said...

fea - if you misunderstood that, si.

UKISOCIETY said...

i can't believe you wrote this, Booze.

/un-sub!!

Adelle the Great said...

You mean that people aren't already so creeped out by you at work that you can stand in a crowded room? FEA The more you offend them, the less likely they are to small talk with you in the future.

As far as online goes... I sometimes edit my comments based on the fact that they could be taken really wrong- or just make sure I add something nice "Fuck you Booze- this was all good n stuff"- like that. If yr IMing with someone & they don't get yr humor... revert back to FEA.

But never even joke about a woman being fat. Jesus, Booze! Don't you know that?!

RussBuss said...

they make strap-on fists now? jah bless technology!

Mugambismonkey said...

I often had the feeling that online people misunderstood me. And I also felt insulted by online people who didn't mean anything but good. Sometimes it's impossible to express online-irony, online-sarcasm and online-pseudo-hate without being misunderstood by at least some fragile and innocent minds. If you want to make sure that EVERYBODY understands, you have to explain it explicitely. (I'm a technical writer, I know what I'm talking about.)

But then again, lately, I don't give a fuck anymore. I have noticed that with the time I have become more and more cynical, sarcastic and ironic. Sometimes even real-life-people don't get it anymore! (Exactly like in your strip-on-fist case, Boozelle) When there is awkward silence after I said something, I know something was wrong. But then it's already too late.

I think the problem is that once innocence is gone, you can never get it back. And I have noticed that I hate the world around me more and more each day.

Now who is to blame for this? Me or the world? And who fucking cares...

Adelle the Great said...

Russlolz

UkeNinja said...
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UkeNinja said...

I ain't touching this thread with a ten foot strap-on pole.

Grumpy Coyote said...

They let you near the high-school tour groups?

You do offend folks - that's why we love you. Own it, be unapologetic about it and FEA.

Baron said...

Now you're rude again, just like you are when commenting on my vids... And did you just call me fat?!

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