My friend Matt is smarter than me.
He sings better than me, he writes better than me and he is continually funnier than me.
He also has a blog that is much better than mine because 1) He remembers to write on it on a consistent basis and 2) Did you not read the part about being funnier, smarter and a better writer than me?
The only time I beat him is on the rare occasion when he posts weird singing videos. I’m sorry Matt but I kick your ass on those “vlog” days. Brief classical training does make strumming a ukelele and creating your own songs ok.
Anyway, the other thing Matt has going for him is that he legitimately loves to write. He has a gift. I’ve kept just about every note he’s ever written me (including one where he outlines how I’m actually a gay man trapped in a woman’s body) because I’m convinced one day he’ll be famous.
While my blog posts usually take a sharp turn to the heartfelt and sarcastic, Matt always manages to make me laugh so hard I cry. He grasps brevity, where I blather on for 700 words.
Perhaps most of all, while I’m a card carrying crazy liberal some (most) days, his pieces are so funny, it’s almost impossible to find fault.
Yesterday, after a particularly funny post that may or may not have suggested that, “Mitt Romney burns a $100 bill every time he sees a homeless person peddling for change” his mom decided to have a “carefrontation.”
She’s concerned that with his business degree and corporate dealings, someone might find him offensive.
While his response involved the assertion that if Fox News got away with so much hyperbole, then so could he, it really got me thinking: How much is too much?
Once upon a time, Miss Manners used to demand that people not discuss money or politics. It makes for bad conversation and for ill-feelings. But with the internet, a giant blank wall, awaiting all of our respective work vomit- where do we draw the line?
To the concern of future jobs- I can’t imagine working somewhere that cared who I voted for or how giddy I was when Rick Perry couldn’t seem to count to three. It’s part of who I am- I don’t want to ignore that.
Plus, I’m in a field where there are tons of creative people. I could make some generalizations here but instead, let’s just say that while I’ve never done an industry wide poll, I’m going to guess there are more than two people who would identify as being LGBT (or LGBT friendly) working in ad agencies, public relations firms and other communication fields- all across the country. (Possibly many more than 2.) So I think everyone can be ok with me expressing my beliefs in equal rights, or at least not SEEM too intolerant.
Other than that, I’m not sure.
How much is too much?
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge of controversy.” -Martin Luther King Jr.