Danny Breslin

How it is…

Killing Joke

I was stunned, as was everyone else, by the violence in Paris. It seems that publishing cartoons lampooning religion is a crime punishable by death. Where does it mention that in any of the Good Books? They weren’t even particularly funny or insulting cartoons that supposedly brought this on. It was a cowardly, evil attack that has had the opposite effect to that which these “people” intended; instead of cowing all and sundry into silence, it has united all. Rallying every creed to the banner of freedom. So yes, je suis Charlie…nous sommes tous Charlie!

Not that our governments will be joining in the calls for freedom. No, they will see this as the perfect excuse to clamp down on the freedom of the internet, take away rights to privacy that they had been pushing for and had so far been resisted. Or am I just being paranoid? Prepare for us all to be punished my friends.

It seems nowadays that there is far too much threatening of death and violence toward people that the perpetrators don’t agree with. A stupid and ill-advised comment on social media can whip up all sorts of storms of self-righteous protest. In fact anything that upsets anyone can be greeted with the worst kind of threats. Maybe I’ll get threatened over this post – whatever, I’ve been threatened before and it doesn’t worry me. Bring it on.

Ched Evans

Ched Evans

Recently Ched Evans, the footballer who was convicted of rape, was looking for a new club. Oldham FC were considering giving him a contract. They withdrew their offer when the club’s staff and members of their families received death threats. What? Whether you think that Evans had served his time and should be allowed to rebuild his career, or that he should be castrated between two house bricks, that is up to you; but to threaten the members of the families of people who are on the Oldham board of directors, playing staff or just simply work at the stadium is a complete and ridiculous overreaction.

Sticking with football, how about Neil Lennon when he managed Celtic, he received a tweet saying that they had a bullet with his name on it! Whether it was his full name or just his initials is unclear but I reckon it depends on the size and calibre of the bullet.

gabby

Gabby Agbonlahor’s tackle on Louis Tomlinson from some band called One Direction (I think)  in a charity match resulted in Gabby getting death threats from teeny boppers all over the world. Now that is scary! Oh you think not? Try slagging off that little sh*t Justin Bieber and see what happens – the Beliebers are gonna get you!

The answer is not to be scared, most of them are just making noise and bigging themselves up. Thankfully it is rare that such empty threats are followed up. The best reply I heard of was by a porn actress called Mia Kalifa who is of Lebanese descent. After receiving death threats for her chosen profession, including the like of “Your head will soon be cut from your body, insh’Allah.” She replied “I’m just glad it’s not my t*ts, they cost me loads.”

mia

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January 12, 2015 - Posted by | Stuff and Nonsense | , , , , , ,

15 Comments »

  1. Here here!
    If that does happen (threats) I’ve got your back.. You have hit the nail right on the head here Danny!

    Comment by originalapplejunkie | January 12, 2015 | Reply

    • Bless you mate. If someone waves a gun at me I know you’ve got my back my friend, although in that instance I would prefer you in front of me… Hehehe

      Comment by Danny Breslin | January 12, 2015 | Reply

      • Ha ha ha!
        Give me a heads up and I’ll wear my bullet proof stuff!

        Comment by originalapplejunkie | January 12, 2015

  2. Good stuff, as always Danny! Thanks for sharing a great perspective!

    Comment by Perry James | January 12, 2015 | Reply

  3. You have got to love that girl. Great article Danny. You make some important points here.

    Comment by Christopher Meade | January 12, 2015 | Reply

    • Thanks. Yeah she’s a fearless one alright.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | January 12, 2015 | Reply

  4. Yes Mr.Breslin there are a bunch of heavily armed fuckwits out there. The real enemy has got to be the arms industry and profit motive their religion. Sorry to hear about the cognac.

    Comment by murphyji | January 12, 2015 | Reply

    • Ah, what can you do? Bloody post office eh?

      Comment by Danny Breslin | January 12, 2015 | Reply

  5. Great post Danny. We live in a crazy world!

    Comment by Seyi sandra | January 16, 2015 | Reply

    • We do indeed but hell, why waste a second of it being afraid?

      Comment by Danny Breslin | January 16, 2015 | Reply

      • Why indeed! Have a fulfilled weekend. 🙂

        Comment by Seyi sandra | January 17, 2015

      • You too mate.

        Comment by Danny Breslin | January 17, 2015

  6. Hi Danny. Often I am not proud to be human when you hear what some do. man has always been a savage deep down most can control it. Though its said within us all is that violent streak. A worrying thought! Thank you so much for liking my poem ‘Birds!’ and your great comment so appreciated. Peace and Best Wishes. The Foureyed PoetM

    Comment by Malctg - The Foureyed Poet. | February 11, 2015 | Reply

    • As long as there are good people in the world there is always hope.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | February 12, 2015 | Reply


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