August 9, 2012 8:00 pm
Which words will not cause someone somewhere high blood pressure, a heart attack… or at least a strong case of the vapors? Are there any words left in the English vocabulary which will not “offend”?
On the last episode of the Real Housewives of New York, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps described herself as an American “Indian” during a dinner at LeCirque. LuAnn’s description, served with a side dish of a discreet “woo-woo-woo-woo-woo”… after all, it’s dinner at LeCirque!… is, according to Princess Carole Radziwill, an insulting gesture which, “everyone over third grade” knows not to do.
Carole Radziwill was offended. How dare LuAnn label herself an “Indian!” That’s a derogatory term! How dare LuAnn call her own ancestral heritage that word! A word which LuAnn probably used all of her life; one which her parents and probably her grandparents used to describe themselves… INDIAN!
Yes, Ms. Radziwill, everyone older than a third-grader knows that the Indians were an oppressed people who suffered horribly when the US government drove them out of their own homes and forced them to settle in parts of the US which were not inhabitable at the time. Thank you very much for the history lesson. However, not EVERYONE is offended by LuAnn’s usage of “Indian” to proudly describe herself. NOTE: What would Carole’s reaction be to the photo of Tree Joodice in Indian Headdress? Offensive… or NOT offensive?
LuAnn has used the word “Indian” to describe herself for several seasons of the Real Housewives of New York. If Carole is offended by LuAnn’s description of herself, that’s Carole’s right to be offended. And, Carole has every right to be offended… if she chooses to be! However, there are many who are OFFENDED that Carole was OFFENDED!!
To further talk about offensive word usage… Brandi Glanville is the latest Housewife to be attacked for her word choices. Brandi tweeted that a facial left her looking like a burn victim…
Brandi used a descriptive term in which to say how she looked. Did Brandi say anything repugnant, revolting, repulsive or spiteful about burn victims? No, no, no… and NO!
However, many are reprimanding her for choosing those two words to describe herself. IMO, Brandi said nothing wrong by using the words “burn victim.” It’s surprising that the few remaining lepers in the world haven’t tweeted Brandi for her very OFFENSIVE description of herself… calling herself a leper! But, even MORE offensive is Brandi’s misspelling of “leprosy!”
IMO, neither LuAnn nor Brandi said or wrote anything offensive… will there be any words left in the English language which will not be offensive… to someone… anywhere?
The word that best suits the people who have taken offense at LuAnn and Brandi’s word choices is this: BORING.
Louis CK… WORDS…
Let’s not forget that there are so many more important things going on around us all… IMPORTANT things! Much more important than words used by these goofy Housewives!
As a reminder, here are the latest beautiful, incredible images…from a batch of photos sent back to Earth by the Mars Lander!
NOTE: LuAnn’s caricature by David Gilmore “Pretty on the Outside”…