Monday, August 25, 2014

Henry Rollins' manliness fail

Last week, Henry Rollins wrote a good piece countering some of the over-the-top response to Robin Williams' suicide. It's still a good piece.

Then he turned around and apologized for having written it. Why? Because people's feelings were hurt.
For the last 9+ hours, I have been answering letters from people from all over the world. The anger is off the scale and in my opinion, well placed. 
The article I wrote in the LA Weekly about suicide caused a lot of hurt.
For starters, no, the article did not cause any hurt. People who get "hurt" because others expressed opinions they don't like are called bullies. Or assholes. Or morons. Or little fascists who use consensus terrorism to manipulate others. Or whatever term feels best after, "Oh just get over yourself you stupid ...". They most emphatically are not victims and they are not hurt.

Get this straight, no one has the right to be hurt because you have an opinion they don't like. No one.

Second point, a man, if he is to be a man, does not hold back on expressing his opinions in order to mollify others.

And note that Rollins' apology is not actually an apology. He doesn't regret believing what he believes, he regrets that his saying it "hurt" a lot of people. 


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