Are there any corporations left that have a shred of decency left? Is the gutter always acceptable in American culture now? Please let me know if you can find any. I’m curious. It just seems that we have become so programmed into accepting foul language, dirty jokes, and other content that should be offensive, that those who wish to speak up are silences and those who do are condemned. Do we have to remain silent?
As a minor recent example, yesterday on the drive to work I was listening to one of Chicago’s major radio stations, WIND (560 AM). The station’s programming reflects a conservative, family-oriented flavor, so I would like to think that the leaders and staff are somehow aligned with those values. The two morning hosts, John and Cisco, apparent conservatives with a normally clean program, had a celebrity on who, I later learned, is famous for dirty jokes. His raw filth in night clubs is legendary and he sells CDs and DVDs of the same. He also is the voice for a major “family” insurance company and works with Disney and Nickolodeon. Disney and Nickolodeon? Yes.
In the interview, which repeatedly promoted the guy’s Website and his upcoming appearances in Chicago, he joked about having inappropriate relations with a young teenage celebrity – ha ha – and the hosts just laughed like it was hilarious and then kept promoting this lowlife.
I know I’m a troglodyte for wondering why corporations do this kind of thing, why companies like Disney, Nickolodeon, family insurance companies, and WIND would even touch vermin who specialize in extreme filth and think it’s funny to joke about incest and child molestation. But are there any other troglodytes out there?
I called the radio station and lodged a gentle complaint, though it was to a machine. Had I reached a human, I’m sure I’d be told what I’ve been told before by other companies: “You’re the only one who has ever complained.” Ever. Perhaps in the history of the world. Right – that’s just standard training for the people who handle complaints. Make the complainers feel like they are outcasts from another planet.
If you are offended by my concerns and think I’m insane, idiotic, dangerous, and a threat to society, and if you dare to speak out about that in the comments below, let me assure you of one thing right now: you’re the only one who has ever said that. And if 50 of you do, I know you’re all the same insane person using different names. I’m putting you on ignore. See, I can act like a corporation, too.