Stop getting offended on my behalf.
Relax people, the world hasn’t ended — yet.
Take a chill pill, and go back to doing your jobs.
What is up with this culture of people getting offended on other people’s behalf?
“They said something about YOU!”
“Let us get outraged to further our agenda”
“I’m not part of your agenda”
“YOU’RE ONE OF THEM! GET HIM…”
In essence, let me just break it down;
I attend conferences, it’s part of the job.
I also get some nice hotels to stay in, it’s usually why I attend the conferences.
On a usual conference vacation, I get away with pretty much enjoying myself and very little drama.
Well on this particular occasion, a group that identifies with the same Identity as me — decides “We’re ready to get offended, let’s go!”.
Wait Wait Wait…I’m not offended, though?
WHAT? He’s one of them! GET HIM.
Oh shiii…where’s my hotel again?
You get the point? Maybe not…let me just break it down again.
You might remember Serena Williams, the class action athlete and the epitome of rage, from her very publicised rant against Carlos Ramos at the US Open against Naomi Osaka.
She’s demolished more than just Tennis Rackets that day; apparently the actions of Carlos Ramos were so offensive (when he decided to just do his job?), Serena decided it time to stand up for not just Race Equality, but a trifecta of Gender Equality, Motherhood, and Class Issues.
Poor Naomi wondered what she’d done to unleash such demons…she just kinda wanted to win?
Except well, this time it’s not Serena Williams that was angry — it was OTHERS!
Serena Williams, as undoubtedly talented as she is as a Tennis Player — is featured on the cover of GQ Magazine as “Woman” of the Year (with the word Man crossed out).
Now maybe you’re wondering, it seems condescending.
Except…the individual who designed the Cover is known for using Quotation marks as his signature design and is a personal collaborator of Serena Williams; Virgil Abloh.
Case in point — her signature tennis outfit bears the same resemblance.
In fact — Nike has done several collaborations before using the same stylistic features of Abloh’s signature design.
Yet it sent Social Media into outrage over “Quotation” marks; which if researched reveal that it was genuinely a stylistic choice — since it’s Abloh’s Signature design.
Now I’m not a fan of “Quotation Marks” either; the question on my mind is simply this.
If people stand getting offended on mine or as cited Serena’s behalf — when in fact Serena has publicly stated it’s not offensive; where do we draw the line?
In this automatic outrage culture, will we be held accountable if we choose to simply say “I didn’t find that offensive, it had nothing to do with anybody else?”
If not, are we now simply against the very group we represent because we stated we didn’t agree with their actions?
Maybe it’s time, we started listing the rules of engagement for survival in this culture of mutual-diversity.