Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
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Our lives with the "stupid masses of people out there that are on that fuckin’ social media"

WELL?In a new interview over at Wag's Revue, Sandra Bernhard discusses The Terrible Stupid Horrible Way We Internet Now.

Honestly, because of the Internet, because of people’s stupidity, because of people’s either fake political correctness, or the right-wing fake concern about people using language that they would use in their bedroom (but in a derogatory destructive way), it’s not even worth saying certain things anymore because you just don’t want it taken out of context, and you don’t wanna defend it because the minute you have to start defending it, that means you’re explaining your work, and the work that I do can’t be explained, and I don’t wanna explain it. I’ve never used a word about anybody that didn’t have many, many layers and meanings and double-entendres, and that wasn’t laced with irony. So a few things that I might have said ten, fifteen, twenty years ago pre-social media, I wouldn’t even bother saying today. I’m like, I’m not gonna be your guinea pig. Fuck it. I just won’t.

Because you don’t want to be put in the position where—

‘Cause I don’t wanna explain—I don’t wanna explain to the freakin’ stupid masses of people out there that are on that fuckin’ social media twenty-four hours a day, diggin’ around, lookin’ for shit, bored, lost, resentful, angry, tapped out, empty, haven’t picked up a book or listened to a good song maybe in their entire lives, and now they have a platform to go, ‘Blah blah blah.’ I don’t wanna fuckin’ know about it. I don’t wanna engage with these people. I don’t wanna defend myself to these people, so fuck these people; I’m not fucking putting myself in that position. No.

Not long ago, I had posted some sort of a comment [on Twitter] about gun control, and, oh honey, the creeps and the cretins came out of the fuckin’ woodwork, and I was like, ‘No. I’m done.’ Why do I have to put myself in harm’s way? If these people want their guns, they want their shit, they want to go out there and shoot it up and kill each other… I’m sorry they’re killing innocent people, that’s what’s outrageous to me, but you can only spread yourself so thin. And it’s so absurd now, it’s so intense, it’s so deep, it’s so crazy, and everybody can weigh in, and everybody’s nuts, and everybody’s off the fuckin’ rails, and I’m just tryin’ to stay out of the shit, and go quietly about my fuckin’ shit in the venues where I feel safe, where people come to hear it, and so be it if that cuts down on some of my free-wheeling style. It doesn’t really, though, because I’m still freewheeling in my shows, which is the only place I ever was anyways. I don’t wanna be freewheeling on the internet. I don’t know who’s out there taking the shit in.

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Freddie DeBoer (#4,188)

I've always argued a lot, which suits me fine. The difference lately has been that I'm always defending myself about stuff I haven't said and don't believe, rather than defending myself about stuff I have said and do believe. I put so many hedges into my writing about what I am explicitly not saying that it takes up the majority of the text. But if you don't do that, someone will squint hard enough and say, AHA! You're really saying X terrible thing! Even though, you know, I haven't said anything like X terrible thing. It's exhausting.

JimJJ (#259,707)

It may be a little hard to stomach, but she is right about social media.

Facebook has made narcissism and self-worship a virtue. Would you have ever taken a film photo of yourself and mailed it to friends? No.

Your friends wouldn't care and would think you are self-absorbed (which may be true).

And there is a weird understanding on FB that has developed between friends. That understadning is, you respond to my selfies and posts about myself, and I'll do the same for you. That may we can both be narcissists without having to be labeled as narcissists.

Twitter is also narcissistic. There is the same weird understanding like with FB. You repsond to MY thoughts and I'll act like I care about yours.

The only problem with Sandra is that she is not articulate and speaks like a low grade moron. If you can get passed her lazy, profane way of speaking, she is right on the money.

Amasa Amos (#9,654)

@JimJJ And that's different from ordinary personal interactions how?

Kevin Knox (#4,475)

@JimJJ Protip: If you're going to call someone a low grade moron, you should probably understand the difference between "passed" and "past".

Sam Burger (#259,847)

@JimJJ what!! you can spell english words with precision!!! man your privilege does make you wise good work bro

PRAISE!!! PRAISE THIS THOUGHTFUL BEAUTIFUL BITCH!!!

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