Saturday, January 16, 2016

233.6 - Clown Award: right-wing troll commenters

Clown Award: right-wing troll commenters

Now for one of our regular features, the Clown Award, given for some act of meritorious stupidity.

Here the clowns are not the lead actors, so you have to wait for it.

Every year since 1976, the faculty and staff of Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, has published a list of words and phrases to be "banished" because of overuse or general uselessness.

This year's list included so (as the first word of a sentence), conversation, problematic, stakeholder, price point, secret sauce, break the internet (I can go with that one), walk it back, presser, manspreading, vape, giving me life, and physicality.

The list, of course, is lighthearted and fun, a chance to express irritation at overused-to-the-point-of-cliche words and phrases.

So who are the clowns?

When an article about the new list was published on AOL, the comments included hundreds and yes I do mean hundreds either mocking the students of the university as "morons" who will never get a good job (the project is done by faculty and staff, not students), ranting about "political correctness," or posting something along the lines of "[blank] trying to destroy free speech" with the blank filled in with "liberals" or "socialists" or "Democrats" or, most frequently, some version of "Barack Obama."

I hate to think how many of these people actually are qualified to vote.

Right-wing humor-impaired trolls incapable of understanding a simple short article: You are clowns. Frightening clowns, but clowns.

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