Today I got angry and I’d like to apologise to anyone I offended (or more specifically “hurt”) by trivialising very serious issues.
I got extremely frustrated after coming across a couple blogs which I felt, while ultimately very valid and necessary for the creation of a better world, got excessively pedantic and self-righteous at points.
Jennifer Lawrence fat-shames Zach Galifianakis!!! (in a comedy sketch written by Zach Galifianakis)
It was disheartening to see that no matter how hard anyone tried or how much good they actually did that people were always going to find a reason to hate them. The bilious comments on these blog posts really made that clear.
So - and here’s where it gets problematic - I channeled my frustration into a series of parody-esque tweets imagining how far this level of ‘social justice’ could go.
“You’re so Tumblr I bet you think this burrito is cultural appropriation.”
"You’re so Tumblr I bet you think ‘Transformers’ is an offensive word."
"You’re so Tumblr I bet you think my moustache is sexist."
Naturally most of my followers understood what I was doing but another chunk thought they were witnessing a “step back” (or a full retreat) in my quest to being a better, more socially aware person. It’s their disappointment in me that’s prompted this post.
I got angry and I vented the only way I know how. Publicly. That was stupid and ill-advised but it happened and sadly apologies don’t spawn time machines that undo my mistakes. Instead I just hope that my next video on sexual education and awreness will show how much I do actually care about making this world a better, more inclusive place.
I want to make it clear that while I was using issues such as sexism, transphobia and racism as foundations for my tweets I was in no way attempting to condone them or denounce the struggle to beat them.
But still, as much as I hate being in the wrong, if I fucked up you’re totally within your right to be upset. I hope I can make it up to you with my future actions.
Expect more fuck-ups and apologies in the future. Even a better version of me is still me.