Hate Speech

This morning on Tumblr, I posted a picture of a music review someone had written on Chris Brown’s album Fortune. Not only did the reviewer call this album “repugnant”, they implored the reader to not support Brown’s music because of his history of violence against women. Having read excerpts from a report given by the Los Angeles Police Department, I couldn’t agree more. Chris Brown does not deserve to be public figure adored and idolised by people.

Yet people keep leaping to his defense.

I received this message in my inbox shortly after posting the article:

bitch your mother should not be celebrated. who tf are you? a cracker. please sit. no1cur about your thoughts. HE STILL GOT MORE MONEY THAN YOU!

That is a direct copy and paste, in its entirety, from Anonymous’ message. Yup, Anonymous. Unless the famed 4chan hacker has me locked in his crosshairs, then the person who wrote this message didn’t even have the guts to put their name on it. Cowardly support of a man who punches women in the face. I’m using my real name as I post this. I’m not hiding behind an alias. Is it too much to expect that people won’t respond in kind?

What is Anonymous’ argument? Why should I withdraw my condemnation of Brown? He has more money than me. Wow! Apparently money can’t buy you love but it can buy you the right to do what you want without anybody criticising you.

This is not right. This should not be. Turning a blind eye to a person’s unrepentant sin, just because you enjoy there music, is not on.

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About Joel A Moroney

Associate Minister at St Luke's Anglican Church, Liverpool (in the Sydney Diocese). A very strange man, but he usually has Pez, so that makes it okay.

2 responses to “Hate Speech”

  1. joshlama says :

    Joel, being Anonymous in Tumblr has nothing to do with that other hackavist group. It’s just someone who doesn’t want to be associated with their tumblr account. you can make your own conclusions about them because of that, but yeah.

    • Joel A Moroney says :

      I didn’t expect Anonymous to be THAT Anonymous. That was an attempt at humour. A failed attempt, but an attempt none the less.
      When sending a message on Tumblr you have the option of associating the message with their Tumblr or sending it anonymously. Even if they choose not to associate it with their Tumblr, they still have the option of writing their own name in the message. So basically, still think it’s a cowardly move.

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