It’s actually not pronounced mänster
Yeah, so this bugged me.
Over at Balloon Juice, DougJ says that he’s glad that pundit Michael Kelly is dead and wishes that he’d died younger. Anticipating the need for a straw man in advance, he then notes
“Of course, when some establishment asshole dies, the serious people tell us that we’re monsters if we say we’re glad they’re dead. When some asshole they don’t like (say Hugo Chavez or Gore Vidal) dies, they happily dance on his grave.”
For the record, saying you’re glad some guy you never met but thought was wrong about something is dead doesn’t make you a “monster” – it just makes you an asshole. And that’s true whether you say it about a terrible hack like Michael Kelly or a gift like Gore Vidal.
And by the way, the reason stuff like this bugs me isn’t because my beta-male sensibilities are bruised by DougJ’s words. It bugs me because nothing screams “wearing pajamas in mom’s basement” like pulling out the hackneyed, Michael-Kelly-esque “Look at me! I’m so edgy I’m say ing I’m glad he’s dead out loud!” card.
And I say this as someone who’s usually a pretty big DougJ fan.