Someone started a WordPress page called Does Rihanna Have Herpes?. I’ve been e-mailing the WordPress site and administrators petitioning for it to be taken down. I’m all for absolutely no censorship at all, but isn’t this slander if said poster does NOT know if the claim is indeed true or not? Regardless, this is what I wrote to the bastard (I’m only mentioning it here because, as you can ascertain from it, it’ll likely be removed):
sonnywilkins Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
February 11, 2009 at 2:26 am
You started a weblog entitled “Does Rihanna Have Herpes?”?? Are you fucking dense? If the administrators of WordPress don’t take this site down I’m going to be quite crass. The reality and irony, of course, is they’ll remove my comment because I used the word “fuck” but not this God-awful excuse for a page which honestly could be categorized as slander. I’m not here to defend anyone, especially this Rihanna chick; I’m here to try to bring some form of sanity back to American Popular Culture. I know… good fucking luck.
In a related story, I’ve been censored on another site simply for submitting my opinion on a comic creator’s (self-made) public remarks on the nature of ambiguity in comic books. This guy, who can’t stray from those plot-devices which have been used since the 40s, claims that “ambiguity is the new hip in comics”. Which is so funny because the medium itself is perhaps the most ambiguous of all art forms (we’re forced to imagine what happens between panels). Not to mention the fact that comics, since their inception, have presented ambiguity on nearly every aspect of human life and universal law to the point of it could never possibly be “the new hip”. It’s been there always, and will remain forever. I also took this as quite the slap in the face to anyone who thinks Watchmen is the greatest comic of all time, on top of a kick to the balls of Alan Moore. His name is Chuck Dixon.
Wikipedia is not a reliable source. But in doing research on the cockbag I stumbled across this:
Dixon, a well-known political conservative, offended some groups of the buying public by announcing his views regarding the depiction of homosexuality in comic books aimed at younger readers. Allegedly, he felt that homosexuality and other material with sexual undercurrents was not appropriate for what he identified as comics promoted as “all-ages material.”
DC Comics continued to assign him work on titles that featured openly gay super-heroes. Some believe, without being able to cite to anything concrete, that Dixon used his position as writer of Batman and the Outsiders to send a message to gay readers when he published an out of context preview of his first issue on the internet. This preview appeared to paint Batman as homophobic. He then went online to announce that the preview had been intentionally misleading and that he and several other unnamed DC staffers found great humor in the outraged reactions of gay readers who viewed the preview.
So I guess that explains that, eh? Homophobes do HATE ambiguity…