Not long ago, someone on Twitter started posting pictures of themselves and asked what people thought. This was done to a public hashtag, it wasn’t that it was a private message to friends that was accidentally re-tweeted or anything. Therefore, I answered and set off a chain reaction of whining.
Let me take a step back and say that it was someone who posted themselves made up similar to the picture to the left. No, that’s not the picture from Twitter, I’m not going to make fun of them in particular, this is just a similar type of picture, especially the eyes.
So what did I say that got people so mad? I said it was freaky. I said it was creepy. And it is. I told the truth, at least in my opinion, which is what was requested.
Now I don’t go hunting down creepy people on the Internet, but if they come right out and ask people’s opinions in public, I’m not going to hold back either. People have a right to dress however they want, they have a right to act however they want, what they do not have a right to do is expect everyone to compliment them on it. If you ask for honesty, expect honesty, even if it’s not the response you were hoping for.
There is no expectation that everyone is going to ride you around on their shoulders because you make a personal choice, especially when it’s a choice that falls outside of societal norms. The same is true of people with copious amounts of visible tattoos and piercings. Yeah, if you want to be an idiot and draw all over yourself in permanent marker and punch holes in your flesh, knock yourself out. Just don’t expect me to give you emotional validation for doing so. I think you look like an idiot and I reserve the right to tell you so. You have a right to do it, I have a right to respond negatively to it. I also have a right to not hire you if you come to me for a job.
This goes back to something I’ve talked about before, the liberal thought-crime police. They don’t want you to simply allow others to do as they wish, they want you to agree with it. Where it comes to gay marriage, they aren’t satisfied that the religious accept the right to marry regardless of your gender, they want the religious to openly and completely accept that there’s nothing wrong with homosexuality. Now I agree, there’s nothing wrong with homosexuality, but I don’t pretend that I have any right to insist anyone change their mind. What matters most is the public allowance, not the internal acceptance. The person with the weird eye fetish has every right to walk down the street dressed however she wants. I have a right to shake my head and think she’s an idiot. I can’t stop her from doing it, she can’t stop me from thinking she’s ridiculous. That’s how it ought to be. Sure, you’re free to hate me for my opinion, just as I can think you look absurd, but so long as both of us can think what we want to think and do what we want to do, everything ought to be fine.
And no, you don’t have any right not to have your feelings hurt. If you really only want validation for your strange ways, don’t go asking in a public place, where people who may not think your freakish eyes are wonderful frequent, what everyone thinks. You just might get some honest answers and clearly, you don’t want that.