Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Why do "Tea Party" and "mean people" appear together in a blog entry?

OK, it is true that in this great country, people are allowed to speak freely- though people at either end of the political spectrum attempt regularly to limit that freedom to those with their own views. And so it is true that 5 kids can wear American flag t-shirts to school on Cinco de Mayo, and that they will, especially if their parents are also mean people or are simply people who don't know or care what their kids are up to on any given day.

But it's also likely that those same kids, as implied in Roger Ebert's tweet, would be pretty agitated to see kids around them wearing the hammer and sickle on the Fourth of July. So, should the kids have been booted from school? Frankly, I'm not so sure I'd jump on the "yes" bandwagon, but that's another conversation. The intolerance of the kids and their parents by default is, well, practically intolerable. And the Tea Party advocates' rudeness is just dispicable.

Peeps, I did not puke at this one. I cried.

Commentary: Tea Party member mocks Ebert's cancer following the recent Cinco de Mayo controversy

Last week, Ebert read a news story about five students that wore American flag shirts to school on Cinco de Mayo, an obviously antagonistic gesture meant to ruffle a few feathers at their Californian school. In response to this news, Ebert made the following Tweet, which has led to all manner of controversy and panty-waddage from Tea Party members:

@ebertchicago Kids who wear American Flag t-shirts on 5 May should have to share a lunchroom table with those who wear a hammer and sickle on 4 July.

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