Another week where real life got in the way of being the blogger I want to grow up to be but I still managed to see a few things worth letting you all know about.
Racist Bus Twat!
Not sure there is any other way of titling this post, apart from maybe “Racist Bus Twat supported by other Twats”! For those of you unable to casually flick to internet news sites throughout the day here’s the summary: A woman was on a Melbourne bus speaking French when “the Twat”, went off at her for… believe it or not, speaking French! To make the story worse a couple with a pram (that’s right, they are breeding) put their own 2 cents in completing the Twat-some. The story is here. It’s embarrassing and uncomfortable to watch but did make me question what I would do. I’d like to think I would do something about it but in the heat of the moment, with a guy spouting that much venom, maybe I would wuss out. I hope not. What would you do?
White Ribbon Day – Swear the oath
Some things are meant to be and maybe, the Twat above’s antics, will cause more people to get behind the White Ribbon day campaign.
As a member of the guy race, I’m aware that sometimes we miss the mark when it comes to acting like proper human beings and as a husband and a dad I’d like to think that as a society we’re getting better at standing up for saying no to violence.
I’ve signed the pledge and so have the boys over at Tacklenappy (well done fellas). I’m sure they won’t mind me speaking for them by urging you to sign up as well.
Kickin it to the curb Award
“Negative can kiss my arse, I have no time for it anymore. Positive can pop up wherever it wants any time of the day or night. I’ll see it, acknowledge it, and soak up every lucky moment I am given with it.”
I love finding a new favourite and this week I came across Miss Cinders at saturdaymorningogremum who is now officially on the illiterate infant watch list. Her post about ditching negativity and embracing the positive was like a slap around the head – in a good way. You know exactly how motivated (really) she is by reading what she has to say. It’s writing with conviction and rocks. Well done Miss C!
That’s all for this week. For anyone that keeps up the illiterate infant comings and goings, I’m planning to see James Bond: Sky Fall this weekend so if I never post again it’s because I decided to pursue my original career aspirations.
Have a cracking weekend – Flogging this blog with Grace over at withsomegrace‘s FYBF.
I saw the tawt on a bus story doing the rounds but couldn’t bring myself to watch. I think in that situation I’d want to say something, but would hesitate, especially if I had the girls with me.
I’ve read Miss C from time to time but missed the post you mention – I’ll pop over and check it out!
I’m really enjoying your Friday posts Kevin
Great insight of the week. I missed that bus incident. Sounds appalling!
Cheers Zani. Thanks for being one of my regulars. And yes, it was appalling.
You raise an interesting point about what to do in the situation on the bus. What was the most frightening was the fact others joined in. I don’t know what I would have done, I don’t know if I would have said anything because I would have feared inflaming the situation and turning it into a physical attack. Particularly, given others where supporting the idiot. As a woman, there have been times when I have used the tactic of responding strongly to inappropriate remarks/actions (one of which occured on a bus too) and other times when I have chosen to ignore and just remove myself from the situation as quickly as possible. I guess it’s a judgement call at the time on what the best response is. What was concerning about that incident is it was more than one person and they were working themselves up into a frenzy, it was a situation that could have easily become an incident of group violence. However, having said that I would certainly have been prepared to call police or try to get the busdriver to call for help, and I am sure I would have done what I could if the men had physically attacked the women. You would hope if it had turned violent there were more people on the bus willing to defend the women than racist ****heads wanting to harm.
Agree whole heartedly. Thanks for coming by and contributing.
I find it so bizarre that people (using that term loosely) get their hackles up when other people are doing something that really impacts on them in no way at all…like speaking another language (or wear a head covering).
I find it bizarre and embarrassing. After living in other countries where hearing multiple foreign languages is the norm it grates even more.
Hypocrisy on my own post today duly noted. Never said I was perfect 😉
I am not sure how I would react with the racist Twats. I would hope I’d do something, but in reality, I think I would bite my tongue. Not sure I am happy about that 😦
I too have already supported White Ribbon Day. Glad you are getting the word out there 🙂
Finally, I will be kicking it to the curb too! I try to keep the positive going, but today I will keep the positive going….
Spreading the #FYBF luv 🙂
I heard about that bus incident in passing and could not believe what I was hearing. Well done in your restraint of name-calling. I think personally twat is a little too tame for me. Something beginning with ‘f’ would be my moniker of choice for that twat!
It’s so hard “to be the blogger you want to be” with kidlets stealing (and deserving) all your time – I totally know that feeling too 🙂
Do you stay silent in a situation such as that or speak up? I don’t know what I would do…..but I do not understand those on the bus who applauded and congratulated the verbal abusing idiots – who in their right mind would applaud that sort of racism and bullying?
I’m so appalled by that bus incident. Having been a victim of racism on several occasions, it’s a frightening experience. There have times when I’ve said something but times when I haven’t. If it’s alcohol induced, that’s when I usually zip it…I walk away,…fuming.
I do enjoy your weekly Caught My Eye posts – a new favourite for me Kevin!
I can’t help myself but thinking that this girl in the bus could have been me singing in French… Not pretty…
I loved that post by Miss Cinders – it’s all about perspective!. And if you go all ‘Bond’ on us then can you please create a second blog, an anonymous one, where you can fill us in on all of the super-awesome things you get up to? Kthanksbye.