Who else thought I had quit posting huh??? Be honest…. Actually I just got buried the last two days at work and when I got home, all I really wanted to do was cry. I mean, um, do manly stuff. While crying.
Okay, so if you missed it (and you may have as this didn’t become a huge story), Dr. Laura (host of a nationally syndicated radio show) announced she will retire from her show later this year when her contract expires. This came closely on the heels of her getting in a bit of trouble for dropping the N-bomb (or N-word if you prefer) repeatedly on her show.
Quick set up if you don’t know the whole story: a caller asked a question having to do with the word, Dr. Laura said it, caller said she probably shouldn’t have, Dr. Laura said to the caller “don’t NAACP me” and then dropped the N-bomb several more times.
So Dr. Laura then issues a pretty weak apology and tells Larry King she’s retiring because she wants her first amendment rights back. If Dr. Laura wants to retire, far be it from me to tell her not to. But that’s complete bull. I’ve been in radio for over ten years and never once in that time has anyone ever come anywhere close to violating my first amendment rights. There are only seven words you can’t say (find them here but note, they’re dirty…I’m told anyways). Except now, maybe we can say those because the Supreme Court told the FCC that not allowing us to say those words violates our freedom of speech. So maybe I have had my rights violated. But that’s not the point.
If Dr. Laura’s rights were being threatened or trampled, she would have been fired or at the very least suspended. Neither happened. In fact, neither was even suggested by her employer. Pundits suggested it, but never was Dr. Laura’s job in any real danger. She didn’t even lose an affiliate! What this really boils down to is that she stirred up a storm and decided to use it as an excuse to walk. Maybe she has other plans (I’m calling it now, she pops up on FOX News), or maybe she’s just tired of doing the show and doesn’t need the money anymore. Either way though, her rights are not being violated. By telling the rest of us that we’re oppressing her, she is actually trying to take away our rights. See, just like she is allowed to speak her mind freely, although hate speech is not protected by the first amendment and that very much is hate speech, I have the right to speak my mind as well. So Dr. Laura, you are f-ing stupid. You never should have thought you could say that word on a nationally syndicated show and expect nothing to happen. You offended people and you don’t get to say you have a right to speak and they don’t because they’re mad at you. If you believe any of that then seriously, you’re dumb. I’m sure you did it on purpose, after all I guarantee you have a dump button that would have allowed you to make sure that didn’t make the air, but you didn’t use it. I don’t know what your end game is, and I don’t care. You lost your relevancy over a decade ago, as evidenced by the lack of real attention. I mean Don Imus got WAY more coverage than you did. So good riddance, but please, do us one last favor. Don’t “crusade to protect our rights” or any of that crap, just enjoy the obscurity you’ve already been living in.