Am i over reacting?

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BoogieMonster (December 13, 2010, 14:19:00 PM):
Quote from: Lilli
so, the boss sends out an e-mail that may be offensive to homosexuals, he should also send out e-mails making fun of various religions, calling women inferior, and joking about whatever else may be considered politically incorrect. And that would just be weird.

It's the only way I can fathom that everyone would be equal, you could fire off an email questioning your boss' political party/religion/race/etc, and you would be protected under TRUE freedom of speech. Any other way would introduce inequalities into the system, someone has to stand by and arbitrate what is cool and what isn't. And that person/people/system will have biases.
cyghost (December 13, 2010, 14:41:55 PM):
I think the point is not to tell people what they should find funny / offensive at all. The point is that the workplace is not the appropriate environment to make such 'jokes'.
But that is just my opinion, of course
An opinion I share and have expressed in this thread. There are many aspect to this, and appropriate office behavior but a subtext of the offensive jokes issue.

Lilli (December 13, 2010, 15:07:55 PM):
So would publishing a cartoon in a newspaper using the word "faggot" be ok? Publishing a cartoon about Mohammed which offends a lot of people who genuinely feel hurt is "ok" in western media then publishing an anti-gay cartoon must also be "ok" otherwise it's double standards.
No, it wouldn't be OK in my opinion. Neither was the Mohammed Cartoon. (although I did think it was very funny and that people were making much too big a deal of it) Difference is - the newspaper is not my boss. They don't set the standards for my behavior and that of my co-workers. I do agree from a 'double standards' point of view that if Western Newspapers publish religious cartoons, they should be free to also publish racist, sexist and anti-gay cartoons, if they so choose. But that is a different argument altogether. The question here was related to an e-mail sent out at a place of business, to people who work there, by their boss, and was not solely based on the content of that e-mail, but also on the context in which it was distributed.
It's the only way I can fathom that everyone would be equal, you could fire off an email questioning your boss' political party/religion/race/etc,
Yeah... that would make me very unpopular around here... (wtf!!)
Hermes (December 13, 2010, 15:09:13 PM):
It's the only way I can fathom that everyone would be equal, you could fire off an email questioning your boss' political party/religion/race/etc, and you would be protected under TRUE freedom of speech. Any other way would introduce inequalities into the system, someone has to stand by and arbitrate what is cool and what isn't. And that person/people/system will have biases.
A "faggot" is a "bundle of sticks or twigs bound together as fuel" (Oxford). The implication in applying the name to gay people is that they should be burnt. Surely that constitutes hate speech? We should not throw our hands up in despair and cry that it is impossible to use discretion, therefore anything goes. Generally I strongly favour freedom of expression, but it can reach a level of indecency where it is simply a no-no.
benguela (December 13, 2010, 15:31:12 PM):
The question here was related to an e-mail sent out at a place of business, to people who work there, by their boss, and was not solely based on the content of that e-mail, but also on the context in which it was distributed.

I'll go with that. Then on this forum is it ok or not ok to joke about beliefs, sexual orientation, race, culture etc? Will the moderator kick me off the forum if I post racist jokes in the lol thread ? Or is any topic open for ridicule based on equal freedom of speech?




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