I was pretty pissed off when I read Fay Paxton's blog post yesterday - so pissed I didn't have the right words to respond to it. I like Obama, I support Obama, but I think his support of Vick is way out of line. Should it be the news of the day? No.
One of the blogs I read on a daily basis is "Fugly Horse of the Day", and today's post says all of the things I feel about the Vick situation that I couldn't write. Yeah, I care about abused children too, but that doesn't mean I should excuse what Vick did to a bunch of animals.
I give you Fugly:
By now, almost all of you have probably seen this article:
And you may have seen this very appropriate response, from Best Friends, who has quite a few of Mr. Vick’s dogs (and is probably not holding their breath for him to shoot a few million dollars their way as a thank-you for their fine work cleaning up his damn mess).
But I don’t feel it’s all been said, so I’m going off topic today to address this myself.
When the hell did we start glorifying bad behavior to this extent, to the point where we even pat the backs of those who glorify bad behavior? And I’m not talking about stealing hubcaps here. Michael Vick and his dogfighting buddies killed (at least) thirteen dogs by various methods including wetting one dog down and electrocuting her, hanging, drowning and shooting others and, in at least one case, by slamming a dog’s body repeatedly to the ground.
This is not petty crime, “immaturity” (as Vick himself labeled it) or youthful tomfoolery. This is not toilet-papering a house or filling someone’s car with shaving cream. These are the actions of a violent psychopath. These guys were witnessed laughing at the suffering of the dogs. That is not mentally normal. That is Jeffrey-fricken-Dahmer in training.
If I ran the world, Vick and his buddies would spend the rest of their lives in prison. The rest of the world would be safe from them, and their brawny bodies could be put to work doing some sort of appropriate menial job. Unfortunately, I do not run the world, and Vick got his wrist slap and is back playing professional football, making a gazillion dollars, and on top of that, some dumb bunny is actually marrying him. Honey, you better not fold the towels wrong or burn his toast, that’s all I’m saying.
But hey – Vick’s actions show he’s not right in the head. My question is, what the FUCK is wrong with this Lurie guy who owns the Eagles and for that matter, what the FUCK is wrong with President Obama? What the FUCK is wrong with every American football fan who can cheer this man on without throwing up? Anyone who is a compassionate, decent human being should be repulsed at the sight of him and boycott any game he’s in. You know I always say to vote with your wallet. These people are voting for a psychopath. They’re voting for someone who enjoys pain and suffering and has no qualms about causing it.
And worse yet – what you’re all voting against, if you support this football team and its idiot owner, is the right choice. The right choice would have been to hand that opportunity to some perfectly decent college player who is dying for a shot at playing pro ball. How many college players are out there right now who have not done ANYTHING BAD, EVER…who do not have a criminal record, not a single DUI, who work hard in college and treat people and animals with respect and kindness? Guys who have, in many cases, come from nothing and for whom football is what it should be – a stepping stone to a better life? There are only so many of those guys who are ever going to make it to the NFL. One of them is not going to make it because his spot is being filled by this vicious, worthless, soulless piece of shit. And THAT is what’s really wrong here…that we are glorifying violence and evil when we could, instead, have stepped up and said no to that. We could have said, sorry Michael, you have proven that you do not deserve this. We found someone who does deserve this. And you are still lucky, Michael, because no one drowned you. You’re still alive, and you can choose to get therapy and see if you can control your violent tendencies for the rest of your life. You can get a job, you can get an apartment, you can have your freedom. But you do not get a zillion dollars and fame anymore…because you did something bad enough that you can’t have those things anymore, and we are going to draw the line somewhere.
We don’t ever seem able to send that message in our culture…that your behavior is so bad that we are going to, as a society, reject you…that we will vote with our wallets and not put money into your pocket. I mean, look at Charlie Sheen. How many women does he get to beat the crap out of before the American people stop watching “Two and a Half Men?” I won’t watch that crap. I don’t know what the Hell is wrong with people who do. (Now this is not to say that I don’t inadvertently watch stuff with people who might be as bad as Charlie but have covered it up better…but we all KNOW about Charlie, so we can’t plead ignorance about him.)
So I guess my overall message is, when you wonder why there’s so much evil … against animals, against children, against women, against anyone … ask yourself why we keep letting evil rise to the top in our society and stay there, in positions of power, sending the message that this kind of behavior is No Big Deal. And if you think Michael Vick can’t take those millions he’s making and discreetly influence legislation that keeps animals defined solely as property and protects abusers like himself, you’re living in a dream world. We’re giving the asshats the money and then we’re wondering why asshats control the world. Wise up, folks.