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1 Obdicut  Thu, May 31, 2012 2:22:59pm

Should be fired immediately, at the very least. What an insane douchebag. Taliban-style.

2 nines09  Thu, May 31, 2012 3:05:55pm

I guess it's only a matter of time before someone in the GOP starts screaming "Lynch them all!" This bozo should be brought up on terroristic threat charges. I'm waiting for the Republican outrage. Yeah.

3 Ogami Itto  Thu, May 31, 2012 3:52:06pm

Am I naive in thinking that Jay Townsend was being figurative, because if he wasn't it certainly seems like he was inciting people to commit violence against others.

4 jamesfirecat  Thu, May 31, 2012 6:06:15pm

Isn't throwing acid at women how members of the Taliban punish females who behave in what they see as an impious manner, I am not trying to godwin, but sometimes they make it really, really hard....

5 SanFranciscoZionist  Thu, May 31, 2012 6:35:02pm

re: #3 Ogami Itto

Am I naive in thinking that Jay Townsend was being figurative, because if he wasn't it certainly seems like he was inciting people to commit violence against others.

I am hoping this was simply a really poorly-selected figure of speech, yes.

6 HappyWarrior  Thu, May 31, 2012 6:44:04pm

What a fucking ass wipe even if he was speaking figuratively. These asses haven't learned a damn thing from the Giffords tragedy have they?

7 Obdicut  Thu, May 31, 2012 7:32:42pm

re: #3 Ogami Itto

Am I naive in thinking that Jay Townsend was being figurative, because if he wasn't it certainly seems like he was inciting people to commit violence against others.

Even if it's being figurative, it's fucking terrible.

8 The Ghost of a Flea  Fri, Jun 1, 2012 5:08:38am

re: #4 jamesfirecat

Isn't throwing acid at women how members of the Taliban punish females who behave in what they see as an impious manner, I am not trying to godwin, but sometimes they make it really, really hard...

Not just the Taliban, and not just for impiety. Acid attacks have become a cultural way of lashing out at women: for scorning a proposal, for "stealing" a man from another woman, et cetera. Similar attacks with the same MO occur in South America and India, where battery acid is readily available from auto shops.

Which makes the use of the image, even figurative, really fucked up. Acid throwing isn't a common image, and to pick it out to use specifically when referring to women is just horrible. I have a hard time imagining someone coming up with that image off the cuff.

9 CuriousLurker  Fri, Jun 1, 2012 5:43:29am

re: #8 The Ghost of a Flea

Not just the Taliban, and not just for impiety. Acid attacks have become a cultural way of lashing out at women: for scorning a proposal, for "stealing" a man from another woman, et cetera. Similar attacks with the same MO occur in South America and India, where battery acid is readily available from auto shops.

Yep. It's a problem in Cambodia as well, and apparently has been for quite some time, a fact I was completely ignorant of until recently. It's horrible because it's so...intentional.

Vengeance Destroys Faces, and Souls, in Cambodia - NY Times, 2001

Acid attacks increasing in Cambodia - BBC video report, 2011

Which makes the use of the image, even figurative, really fucked up. Acid throwing isn't a common image, and to pick it out to use specifically when referring to women is just horrible. I have a hard time imagining someone coming up with that image off the cuff.

QFT


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