Not that 15-year-old [McKay] Hatch expects complete compliance. When his No Cussing Club meets at South Pasadena High School on Wednesdays it's not unusual for a nonmember to throw open the door and fire off a torrent of four-letter words. He's also been the target of organized harassment by pro-cussers.
I am opposed to harassment, but I wonder what this little scold's definition of "harassment" is. Is just hearing the "cuss words" harassment? And how "organized" is it? Do the pro-cussers have their own club, too? Somehow I doubt that people who don't have hang-ups about artificially created taboos regarding the sounds that emanate from peoples' mouths have time to start little "clubs" to promote their cause.
And Antonovich's county motion carries no penalties.
"But it's a good reminder for all of us, not just young people but everybody, to be respectful to one another and watch the words we use," said the supervisor's spokesman, Tony Bell.
It can't carry any penalties because one of our most cherished rights is the right to free speech. It's so important, in fact, that it is embodied within the first amendment to the US Constitution. Has this little 15 year-old scolding squirt ever heard of the Constitution?
(And why, by the way, does the use of "cuss words" somehow automatically denote a lack of respect? Isn't it more respectful to accept that there are people who use colorful language to express themselves? It's disrespectful to language to refuse to use some words just because you think they're "dirty.")
"Next year I want to try to get California to have a cuss-free week. And then, who knows, maybe worldwide," said the 10th grader, who believes if people treat each other with more civility they can better work together to solve bigger problems.
Yes, if only we didn't use foul language, all the wars would be over, and we could get down to the real business of solving our bigger problems. Like for instance all of the crap that Los Angeles and California are dealing with right now.
The kid is a little scold, but the LA County Board of Supervisors should be ashamed of themselves for encouraging him in his morally retarded crusade. They are worse.
He formed the No Cussing Club and invited others to join. Soon the group had a Web site, bright orange T-shirts, a hip hop theme song and inquiries from all over from people interested in joining. He estimates 20,000 people have formed similar clubs.
"It's not about forcing anyone to stop, just to bring awareness," he says of the movement. "If you can do a week without cussing, maybe you can do two weeks. And then maybe a month."
Where does he get his "20,000" number? The genius from the Associated Press who wrote the article doesn't say. Nor does he explain why the kid's "No Cussing Week" isn't about forcing anyone to stop, then proceeds to explain, in the very next sentence, how he wants to force people to stop. And let us not forget that, in fact, people have recently been arrested for cursing.
Eff him. Eff the LA County "Board of Supervisors."
Bonus: "F Word" video. Not safe for work: