Outrage Culture!

Today, I want to talk about something that’s important but everybody disregards. And that is, the fact that schools force children to learn different languages, different from their own, which in my opinion, is a clear form of cultural appropriation. Conditioning these young people, the future generation, to normalise and glamourize speaking a language that belongs to another country and culture is wrong!

OUTRAGE CULTURE!

 

What is Outrage Culture?

Outrage culture, also known as outrage porn (don’t ask), according to the great and brutally honest Urban Dictionary is:

“When people play the victim card and bend over backwards to be as offended as possible when they really aren’t. Using hissy fits, political correctness, character assassination, and a false sense of moral authority, the outrager hopes to gain power and public recognition for their brave act of justice as well as a sense of control over their meaningless existence. Often accompanied by demands for financial compensation for their “pain and suffering.”

 

With the positive that is the progression of society and social justice, a negative must follow. I think that negative is outrage culture… and arrogant, brave conservatives.

I’ve seen a lot of people use topics like feminism to the extreme in a way that is just ridiculous, for example, getting outraged at the fact a girl on a TV show wore the colour pink. What’s wrong with the colour pink, you ask? Well, it’s obviously stereotypical of women to wear pink and by wearing pink, that character is conforming to the stereotypes and enforcing other women to follow it, DUH. It makes serious topics like feminism seem stupid and something a group of overly sensitive people are a part of, when it isn’t.

 

One in particular case I want to talk about is the ex Cbeebies presenter, Cerrie Burnell. She was born with part of her arm missing. Parents complained about her due to the reasons that  it could “possible cause sleep problems” and “scar toddlers”. They also complained because it forced parents to raise a discussion about disabilities with children before they were ready, apparently. Let me repeat: parents complained. They went out of their way to complain and discriminate a woman, who has a disability, which she can’t change. Because. They. Were. Outraged!!!

I don’t understand why people go out of their way to outrage against harmless things. A disabled presenter on a kids show exposes children to the real world because there are other people in the world with disabilities. And other children, with missing parts of their arms, might feel represented and more comfortable and normal.

 

With all this outrage culture, content creators and social media influencers need to be extremely careful about what they say and put out online, in fear or offending and upsetting. I’ve heard people say that it’s the liberals getting too offended but it’s actually illiberal liberalism. It’s hate and negativity. Okay, it is important to educate and voice your own opinions but there’s no need to get overly offended and patronise and belittle people.

 

However, I was having a conversation with a boy, who is pretty homophobic (that context is important). We were talking in a group about outrage culture. At the end of the conversation, the boy said that there are so many people trying to promote more diversity and representation of the LGBTQ+ community in the media and that it’s silly how people are so passionate about it since in real life, there aren’t that many people in the LGBTQ+ community anyway. I was a bit shook.

You best believe I put him in his place. This “outrage culture” is valid because it will allow society to move forward, positively, and it’s true that more representation of the LGBTQ+ community is needed. It’s important to note that this boy is slightly homophobic, of which he has admitted himself, and hence, would surround himself with similar people or at least, surround himself with no one involved in the LGBTQ+ community, so is probably why he thinks there’s not a lot of non-straight people.

 

Outrage culture can be, at times, quite debatable, for example, the whole fiasco with Moana and how Dapper Laughs, a comedian, whose UKtour was cancelled due to the rape jokes he made.

I personally think we all just need to chill. It’s important to raise awareness, promote positivity and diversity and point out when people are wrong and educate them but at the same time, everyone should be chill while doing it. I guess there are certain valid exceptions but at this point, it’s almost as if we’re not even allowed to talk anymore without offending anyone.

What’s your opinion of this dark side of social justice?

 

-Shay

16 thoughts on “Outrage Culture!

  1. Lorelie Joy says:

    Woah. I was not ready for the brutality and truth of this post.This is amazing! Another thing that I find outrageous is when I read an IG comment about the movie “Crazy Rich Asians”. They were complanimg about how there weren’t white people in the movie. Come on! It’s an asian movie focused on asians.It’s not racist if it is made sepcifically about a specific ethnicity. Anyway, this was an enjoyable read!
    -L

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  2. Josh Gross | The Jaguar says:

    I’m glad you wrote this post, and not me!

    I’ve encountered a few examples of “outrage culture” that were either negative or ridiculous, but I don’t want to go into them because nothing on the internet is private.

    Most people I’ve met, and I usually hang out in *very* liberal crowds, have been pretty reasonable about topics such as cultural appropriation and the like. They even allow me to make Turkish coffee and listen to reggaeton without freaking out, which could be considered egregious examples of appropriation.

    I have heard a story, however, about a local college student (who was Latina) losing her mind and brutally shaming a white classmate because he said one word in Spanish. The U.S. is not a happy place right now – at all.

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      • Josh Gross | The Jaguar says:

        Well, I haven’t heard the full story. My guess is that he spoke Spanish in a condescending, racist manner. That seems to be the way things go in the post-2015 US, and when people retell what happened they always give it a slant to favor their ideology. Even if he wasn’t being racist and condescending, I can understand why the Latina student would be feeling defensive right now – with the racist furor that’s sweeping the country (both from the US government and ordinary citizens). It’s scary.

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      • Shay says:

        Oh okay! I understand if it was in a racist manner but also people can twist stories to suit what they want it to be! There’s always a bit of bias I guess. And yeah, that makes sense.

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  3. KAPTURE says:

    Outrage culture is honestly ridiculous and laughable most of the time. People need to just chill out. But I really did enjoy reading your thoughts on this! This is a very interesting and well written post!:)

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