Today I’m climbing my soap box and denouncing what I call ‘playing dirty’.
I’ll start out with telling you the last time THIS happened to me. I got sucked into a conversation with someone who tends to be fairly liberal. I don’t remember exactly what the conversation was about, though I wouldn’t be surprised if we’d been discussing immigration. Suffice it to say that I’m fairly conservative on many issues and we obviously had differing viewpoints.
I listened politely to his viewpoint and waited until he was had finished his thought. As I opened my mouth to start talking, he turned to the other person in the room and basically dismissed me without allowing me to give my opinion. I was extremely angry because I thought it was a dirty way of expressing his opinion: he could take 5 minutes to tell me his thoughts, but I wasn’t allowed 5 seconds to express mine.
If you don’t want to discuss a topic, then don’t make me listen to your thoughts and feelings without allowing me to tell you mine.
That’s what I call Playing Dirty.
So when I searched for the clip of Heather Armstrong (Dooce) being interviewed on the Today show (you can watch the clip HERE), the last thing I expected to see was someone Playing Dirty. BUT THEY DID. At the end of the interview, after talking about ‘mommy blogs’ and how Heather blogs about her daughter, one of the interview ladies (apparently Kathie Lee Gifford…I’m so out of touch with who’s who that I wouldn’t know Kathie Lee if she came and asked me for an interview) said:
It’s an interesting subject. I have mixed emotions about it. I have to be honest with you. You seem like a lovely lady, but the privacy…
[Heather Armstrong] Hahaha…What are you about to say? Hahaha.
[KL] …no no no, I’m not going to make any judgment at all, I’m just saying there’s something that worries me about it…I don’t know enough about computers, obviously. I just know about the fears I have about computers.
[other host] Right, and just like the sort of safety issue of putting kids…
[HA]: Do you have fears about people walking…I mean you live in New York City, how…
[KL] No I don’t! See, gotcha!
Unintelligible talking over each other
[other host] Thank you so much, it was great meeting you, too.
And that’s how it ended. It’s like, I’m going to tell you that I don’t like what you do, but I’m not going to give you a chance to defend yourself. I’m not listening! *fingers stuck in ears* Lalalalalala….MWAHHH!!
GRRR!! People who don’t allow other opinions to be spoken are LAME.
This is a subject that irritates me so much that I can’t even properly rant about it! GAH! So instead of wondering what I’M rambling about, check out this other person blogging about this Dooce and Kathie Lee episode. She’s more eloquent than I am, as are the people who left comments.
And apparently Kathie Lee has pimped out her own kids to the betterment of her career and she’s criticizing Dooce? What an effing hypocrite.
Nightline did a way better piece on the subject of “mommy blogs”. Check it out HERE.