Stupidity is not an excuse… a symptom, maybe, but not an excuse

UPDATE: Lt. Col. Patrick wrote me with a correction, because he had been credited with something for whom credit should go to Mr. Terry Trippany with his NewsBuster article. 

A correction. The quote attributed to me is actually from Mr. Terry Trippany and his NewsBuster piece. My insight on this issue was this portion from my milblog:“Poor judgement by choreographer Robson to use the show to express anti-war opinion. People tuned in to watch dancers and escape the war news. As for Michaels, I think she honestly just didn’t know the significance of the uniform or even know that she was wearing a part of the Marine tradition and history. I heard her apology last night and think she just made a mistake and meant no offense to The Corps. But that doesn’t excuse her or all the people who saw her wearing it and didn’t step in and let her know about the mistake.

Props to the TV audience for not letting these inappropriate displays go unchecked”.

Thanks for the opportunity to give credit where credit is due.

Patrick

Thank you for the correction, Colonel.  You are an honorable man to make sure credit is distributed properly.  We need more men like you in this world.

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H/T to Terry Trippany at NewsBusters.

According to the NB post, the Fox Network show “So You Think You Can Dance?” aired with Mia Michaels, one of the judges, wearing a blouse with an upside down Marine emblem on the sleeves. 

Much to her supposed surprise, people were offended by her wearing the symbols upside down.  Mia tries to make amends via TV Guide (emphasis mine).

Emmy-nominated choreographer Mia Michaels thought she was going to have a wonderful day. She woke up this morning to find hundreds of messages posted on her website. “And I thought, wow, I must’ve been a really good judge last night,” says Michaels. But then she opened the messages and was shocked by their tone and content. “It was hate mail,” she says simply. “Saying things like, ‘You should be ashamed of yourself.’ It was really intense. It was awful.”

The writers were responding to a jacket worn by Michaels on Wednesday’s show. She had no idea that anyone would be offended by it, she says. She simply thought she was being fashionable by wearing a navy blue military jacket that happened to have a Marine emblem, upside down, on the sleeves.

After hearing the feedback, Michaels tried to make amends on the air. “I understand why people were upset and I respect that,” she says. “That symbol is sacred to the Marines, it’s what they earned. The problem needed to be addressed and I’m glad we addressed it. That’s why I made a public apology.”

Can you feel the heartfelt intent of that “apology”?  No?  Good!  I thought it was just me.  Hello, Mia?!  When someone says, “You should be ashamed of yourself.”, that is not “hate”.   Now, had they said they wanted you to “go render and torture yourself anally with a large object, because you are too stupid to be let loose in society”, that might be considered hateful.  But, what you have cited is someone disagreeing with your disparaging misrepresentation of the Marines.

And, on the same night, to add insult to injury, and I am sure by some strange shear coincidence, Wade Robeson and Mia Michaels had 10 anti-war dance solos by the contestants. 

Now, you know it had to be a coincidence that Mia wore something offensive to military personnel on the same night that they had anti-war dance solos.  Let’s keep an open mind, folks…  Just kidding!  Sounds pretty open and shut to me.

Video from the show circus is available at Weblogging, if you want to check it out. 

Michelle Malkin has more, along with the an image of Mia wearing the garment in question.

Lt. Col. Patrick at Duty in the Desert shares his insights with us (correction to this original post is above).

I accept the fact that perhaps Michaels’ didn’t realize how strongly people would feel about the issue but this goes beyond a simple upside down emblem. The dress blues themselves are sacred to the men and women who have earned the right to wear them. Military personnel follow strict guidelines pertaining to dress codes. Even more importantly, fallen Marines are often buried in their dress blues. The uniform is important to the families and members of the U.S. military and it should be respected. The fact that Mia Michaels wore the blouse (not jacket) with an upside down Marine emblem on the same night that Wade Robson choreographed an anti-war dance solo is not some mere coincidence in my estimation. Getting angry e-mails from people who are sensitive to these facts should be expected.”   read more… 

Wade Robeson had some blathering on his site about the incidents on the show circus (emphasis, again, mine). 

“This was a cry for peace and nothing more.In the video package they had a clip of Wade Robson saying that this was “antiwar.” We want to make sure that it is clear that Wade’s statement was in no way meant to be disrespectful to our men and women in the military, putting their lives on the line everyday for a lot of us. Wade and Amanda strongly believe that the selfless sacrifices of every one of the military’s men and women are incomprehensibly courageous.If Wade’s statement did offend anybody in any way, we sincerely apologize for the misunderstanding.All we were trying to say in this piece is that we don’t want anymore innocent lives to be lost on either side.That being said, this statement is not an apology in any way for the number and its message. It is a clarification of its intention.Peace & Love.”Yours truly,
Wade & Amanda Robson.

A “cry for peace”?  Hmmm?  Do those have to be done in such an openly mocking manner toward our troops? 

Does anyone, besides me, wonder which “lot of us” they believe that to include?  Now, from my interpretation, I get the feeling that someone like me, who is not making a mockery of the military by wearing their uniforms in a disparaging manner, are not included in that. 

And, besides that, this was a non-apology, apology.  In other words, he’s sorry but not sorry.  The only thing missing, as far as I can see if the middle finger on his hand extended to our military personnel, as it is read.

Others posting on this: Michelle Malkin, Bill’s Bites, Hennessy’s View, politicalpartypoop.com, Thoughts of a Conservative Christian 

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One Response to “Stupidity is not an excuse… a symptom, maybe, but not an excuse”

  1. Lt Col Patrick Says:

    A correction. The quote attributed to me is actually from Mr. Terry Trippany and his NewsBuster piece. My insight on this issue was this portion from my milblog:

    “Poor judgement by choreographer Robson to use the show to express anti-war opinion. People tuned in to watch dancers and escape the war news. As for Michaels, I think she honestly just didn’t know the significance of the uniform or even know that she was wearing a part of the Marine tradition and history. I heard her apology last night and think she just made a mistake and meant no offense to The Corps. But that doesn’t excuse her or all the people who saw her wearing it and didn’t step in and let her know about the mistake.

    Props to the TV audience for not letting these inappropriate displays go unchecked”.

    Thanks for the opportunity to give credit where credit is due.

    Patrick

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