Will you stand with me, one last time?
I’m a young writer. I’ve been to a lot of workshops, courses, and events geared towards young writers. I’ve listened to a thousand published authors give young writers advice. And the one thing that I have heard most often, besides maybe “show, don’t tell,” is “write about your life.” To me, that is an utterly useless piece of advice, and here’s why: I find my own life deeply uninteresting.
I’ve had plenty of cool experiences, and from time to time I have written about them. But almost always under duress. I hate writing about my life with a passion. I would much rather write about someone else’s life, about lives that are utterly different from mine, and explore what it is to get into the head of a character who has never done the things that I have done, but has done a thousand things that I will never do.
since so many people are a fan of my insults, i’ve made a curse-free insult generator at the request of a very enthusiastic anon
here u go, bud
YOU REPULSIVE CELERY STICK.
Preposterous pumpkin seed.
Robin Thicke is unapologetic about how rapey ‘Blurred Lines’ is, meanwhile the dude who parodied it issues a public apology for one word.
And that is just one reason why I love Weird Al.It’s great that he’s addressed this but are we really supposed to believe that NO ONE during the extremely lengthy processes of writing a song, recording it, mastering it and animating the music video wouldn’t have brought it up?
Excuse me but how the hell is spastic even remotely insulting?
So I just recently learned that in the UK calling someone spastic means the same thing as calling someone retarded, only much worse.
If it makes people in the UK feel any better, people in the US literally do not know this (like literally no one I have ever met and/or know). Here being spastic is usually meant to mean something along the lines of acting like a hyper-active child (like running around in circles yelling just because they feel like it please be quiet for just 2 minutes type of child). NOBODY here uses it as a slur.
Since Weird Al is a US musician and the US music industry is pretty non-international, yeah actually I think its entirely possible that none of the people who worked on this song actually knew that spastic was considered an awful slur in some parts of the world.
And I’m like 99.9999% sure that Weird Al is genuinely very sorry that he was accidentally offensive.