Deep Throating Your Foot

October 17, 2014 Written by overshareshow - No Comments

The first time I heard about censorship was when I was 8-years old, and my mom gave me an NWA tape so I could “learn about politics.” She explained that Tipper Gore was heading a campaign to censor rap music, and something about this being a continuation of the war on art – just how in her youth they banned great books like Clockwork Orange. I was confused by her tirade because I was still just a kid, and had only seen the movie.

Since people have been making art, people have been offended by it. Although risks can lead to great rewards, it can also result in you deep throating your foot after stepping into a shit ton of trouble. Yet there is nothing worse than feeling creatively constipated, so sometimes you just have to let out whatever is inside you – even if it’s the diarrhea of your consciousness.

In a landscape where everyone who has a computer and fingers has access to spread their message to a wide audience, there is potential for both positive and negative energy to spread. Just like ISIS uses social media, so do people raising money for their film about kittens with AIDS. It isn’t society’s job to police each other for what we want to say, but rather direct our attention towards actual quality and intelligence.

There is a difference between spewing thoughtless hate, and analyzing aspects of culture in a provocative way. That line is ultimately subjective, but comedians tend to tightrope across it. If you can take a divisive topic and make people laugh, your poetic license won’t expire. Gavin McInnes may not be delicate enough to balance across the conventional cable of PC blandness, but maybe that is because he is wearing Doc Martins.

In this OverShare episode Gavin and I talk about feminism, culture, race, and an article he wrote for Thought Catalog about Transgender people that has resulted in his professional testes being turned inside out to form an abyss of problems. Gavin and I may not have agreed on much, yet we did have the common interest of debating everything.