As you may know, I am a defender of the right to say something that I might not like. It is that freedom that underpins our democracy, the right to say something obnoxious. When I was in junior high school one of my teachers asked us if the right to free speech extended to shouting “Fire” in a crowded theater.
Even at the age of 12 I knew that was a stupid question to ask because it should be shriekingly obvious that Free Speech does not extend to public endangerment for your own personal amusement. In fact, anytime you hear that argument being made, you can be pretty sure you are not dealing with a genius.
The reason I bring it up is because the Internet has found another reason to have a shitfit, and once again it revolves around a dumbass making sure the entire planet is aware of their stupidity. Before we begin this discussion, however, please watch the video below. I’ll wait here.
Notice how the video starts with the narrator saying “I have her on tape making racist comments, calling me nigger.” It does not start with her saying that, but you don’t have to wait long for it to happen. Well, I guess that depends on how you define “not long” because for the first 1:37 seconds it’s mostly the narrator talking to her, and her distractedly responding. The 1:35 part is the key, I think because it is at that point that he says “So you called me a nigger and I’m supposed to just sit back, huh?”
My question is…exactly what the fuck did he think his options were? Beating her ass? Filing charges against her for using a slur? I seriously want to know…what did he plan to do?
Please note that I am NOT defending this woman, I’m just asking why he felt it necessary to sit in his vehicle and engage this moron. What did he hope to gain from this? An apology? A dialogue on the importance of judging someone by their character or their actions as opposed to their appearance? A little Internet Drama, perhaps? Because if that’s what he wanted, she sure delivered! At the 2 minute mark she unleashes the crazy for the full enjoyment of the YouTube audience.
It’s not until the 3:22 mark that he closes his windows to shut out the sound of her stupidity. He doesn’t leave though, instead he sits there recording this woman as she silently screams at him when she isn’t yelling into her cell phone. WHY?!
It’s not like she is going to see herself on YouTube and suddenly realize how stupid she is. I would not put money down that she will be brushing her teeth and suddenly say “OH MY GOD I’M A RACIST?! The FUCK is wrong with me?!”
You know why that won’t happen? Because life doesn’t fucking live that way!
The woman, Janelle Ambrosia, apparently works as a stripper, an occupation that doesn’t generally attract the sharpest of intellects so I really don’t get why anyone thinks this is news. Yes, I know there must be literally MILLIONS of strippers who are doing it just to work their way through college and I shouldn’t be defaming the noble profession of exotic dancer, but offending people seems to be what I do best. Go with your strengths, right?
On the spectrum of racist bullshit, the idiocy in that video barely even registers. And yet, people are busy losing their shit over it because RACISM BAD!
Maybe one day our species will evolve beyond the need to hate people based on skin tone, but that day, unfortunately is not today. As the eminent sociologists at Insane Clown Posse so eloquently said “If not your (skin) tone, they’ll hate your size.”
Racism and sexism don’t work based on logic, they work based on stupidity and insecurity. This woman isn’t going to change her beliefs or behavior because the Internet admonishes her, and I somehow doubt the guy who took the video is going to get more airtime than she is. In fact, how many news articles even name him?
Meanwhile, she is being interviewed by news agencies, invited to tell her story on the radio, and I would bet money one of the skin magazines offers her some money for a photo shoot. So, good job making her famous, Unidentified Victim of a Racist Tirade. You have truly made the world a better place by bringing this to our attention.
The victim of what Alternet.org is calling “a vicious racial assault” is named Narvell Benning. He is contemplating the idea of pressing charges against Mrs. Ambrosia, and I hope he follows through because otherwise our society is doomed. You may send condolence cards and any donations to the grieving family of Mr. Benning who may never recover from the emotional scarring.