When I was simmering with outrage earlier this week and wrote my original blog ‘The Down Low on the Up Kilt of Sam Heughan’, I fully expected to be verbally pummeled by angry mobs calling for my head on a pike. So imagine my surprise when the response was overwhelmingly positive. I’ve been blogging for six months or so and my site has never seen so much action since the cold November day when the man himself tweeted me after the results of the auction of his Emulsion costume came in.
In my mind, I’ve begun to liken the actions of the Tacky Twitterers to that of any group of people who are behaving badly. Deep down they probably know it’s wrong, but they continue to do it because they are safe within a virtual mob and/or they think they’re being edgy and want the cool kids to like them. Many times the rudest group is the one who’s being the loudest and those who are not, sit quietly and politely hope they will stop.
Among the many things I learned yesterday was that my point of view was not just mine, I am not alone, there are many people out there who agree and others out there who are writing about the same topic and with the same feelings of outrage that I had. I also learned that just like me, other women were unhappy that they felt the need to preface their feelings by explaining they were not prudes. When did courteous, respectful behavior begin to carry the label of prudishness? I’m here to tell you that like former President Jimmy Carter, many of us have ‘lust in our hearts’, we just don’t feel the need to invasively lighten a photo, scramble up the nearest tree and spread it into the streets through a bullhorn.
This leads me to wonder how we can softly nudge our fellow man or woman when we see the conversation heading downhill fast vis-a-vis the Outlander cast. But in a way that doesn’t accelerate the problem or throw verbal gas on the fire. I know! How about we accept some sage advice from my all-time favorite comedienne, Lily Tomlin, and all try to behave like ‘The Tasteful Lady’ her character who caused me to beg to stay up way past my bedtime a thousand years ago when I was but a wee lass. If we all try to be more tasteful, I promise the world, especially, the on-line world will be a much better place and also we can wear hats.
COPY, PASTE OR JUST CLICK ON THE LINK & ENJOY 15 SECONDS OF THE TASTEFUL LADY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kULEbjKj2c
NOTE: This is my first time to put a video in the blog and I’m sure it won’t work and you’ll have to copy and paste (see above.) It’s only 15 seconds and I promise it’s worth it. If you’ve followed me for very long, you’ll know that my blog has far out-paced my technical skills. If you or anyone you know is a Word Press guru or even half a guru, I will pay good money for guidance as I expand and redesign this labor of love I call MelissasObservations.