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   Country singer Trace Adkins says he didn't mean anything by his using a Confederate flag earpiece at the Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony, noting that his swastika earpiece was in his other pair of pants

30 Nov 2012 11:15 AM   |   8161 clicks   |   Yahoo
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FlashHarry    [TotalFark]  
"southern heritage," my ass. it's a symbol of slavery and treason, nothing more.

30 Nov 2012 08:23 AM
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Cythraul     
I'll forgive him, if he promises to come over to my place for some incredibly hot sexy-time.

30 Nov 2012 08:27 AM
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kronicfeld    [TotalFark]  

FlashHarry: "southern heritage," my ass. it's a symbol of slavery and treason, nothing more.


You shouldn't even have to reach the "slavery" element, since that just opens the door to the argument that there was more to southern culture than slavery, which is of course true. The fact that it is the flag of a treasonous, secessionist armed insurrection should be enough to condemn it.

30 Nov 2012 08:34 AM
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Mr. Coffee Nerves    [TotalFark]  
If historically accurate wouldn't that be a giant brass ear trumpet?

30 Nov 2012 08:36 AM
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sigdiamond2000    [TotalFark]  
Anyone ever heard the phrase "northern heritage" used by anyone?

30 Nov 2012 08:40 AM
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dr_blasto    [TotalFark]  

kronicfeld: The fact that it is the flag of a treasonous, secessionist armed insurrection


Armed insurrection in support of slavery.

30 Nov 2012 08:42 AM
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Cythraul     

sigdiamond2000: Anyone ever heard the phrase "northern heritage" used by anyone?


No. But I've heard of the term 'Northern Aggression.' :)

30 Nov 2012 08:44 AM
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MaudlinMutantMollusk    [TotalFark]  
It symbolizes treason and secession, and more than anything else, being a butthurt loser

30 Nov 2012 08:54 AM
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the_rev    [TotalFark]  
What the hell is an "earpiece?"

I looked at the photos and didn't see anything resembling a flag.

30 Nov 2012 08:55 AM
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the_rev    [TotalFark]  
www.insideedition.com

Ah. There it is. This is what everyone's all butthurt about? Tapdancing Christ on a cracker...people will go to such great pains to find something to be offended about.

30 Nov 2012 09:00 AM
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Sybarite    [TotalFark]  
I was deeply offended by Trace Adkins, then later on someone mentioned something about a Confederate flag earpiece.

30 Nov 2012 09:02 AM
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sigdiamond2000    [TotalFark]  

the_rev: This is what everyone's all butthurt about? Tapdancing Christ on a cracker...people will go to such great pains to find something to be offended about.


I'm not offended by it at all. I never have been. It just brands the person displaying it as a complete f*cking moron who isn't to be taken seriously. It's sort of like a bolo tie in that sense. If anything, it's a good thing. It's a great asshole detection system.

30 Nov 2012 09:03 AM
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FriarReb98    [TotalFark]  
It's like no one has ever heard Carlin's rant on symbols. You can make a symbol mean anything you want it to mean. Great example: Most people see the Iwo Jima Monument and think of World War II and soldiers. Some think of all the parodies of it. Me? I think of what my girlfriend and I were doing under a blanket on a high school tour bus at the time we drove by it, and how it's still a joke between us. Another example: Some see a Yankees hat and think awesome team. Southerners (and Sox fans, for that matter, for different reasons) see it and think of pushy, self-righteous assholes.

If they want to think of the positive aspects of the flag, I say let 'em. And to those of you who are spouting the "armed insurrection" BS, please read a Constitution and realize what they did was perfectly legal at the time, and is technically still entirely so.

30 Nov 2012 09:06 AM
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WorldCitizen     
Hey, the Nazi flag is just celebrating your German heritage. You know, not all of it, just those years they were killing millions of innocent people.

Much like the Confederate battle flag is only from that specific time period when those states were committing treason against the United States, fighting and killing thousands upon thousands of American citizens all to keep slavery to hold onto their economic status quo.

I might buy it more if it had been a symbol of the South from it's very early days and then just adopted as the flag of a secessionist rebel regime.

30 Nov 2012 09:08 AM
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FriarReb98    [TotalFark]  

the_rev: Ah. There it is. This is what everyone's all butthurt about? Tapdancing Christ on a cracker...people will go to such great pains to find something to be offended about.


THIS. Personally I'm offended that people still think a rebel flag isn't square. But that's why I have a history degree and they don't.

30 Nov 2012 09:08 AM
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FriarReb98    [TotalFark]  

WorldCitizen: Hey, the Nazi flag is just celebrating your German heritage.


I'm sure the millions of Hindus, Buddhists and Janists who still use swastikas in their religion share your view.

30 Nov 2012 09:10 AM
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the_rev    [TotalFark]  

sigdiamond2000: I'm not offended by it at all. I never have been.


Good. You shouldn't be. Nobody should. It's an inch-wide earplug in a douchy millionaire singer's ear. But yet, we are reading about people tweeting and complaining, and the guy having to make apologies for it, blah blah. The United States of the Offended.

30 Nov 2012 09:11 AM
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dr_blasto    [TotalFark]  

the_rev: sigdiamond2000: I'm not offended by it at all. I never have been.

Good. You shouldn't be. Nobody should. It's an inch-wide earplug in a douchy millionaire singer's ear. But yet, we are reading about people tweeting and complaining, and the guy having to make apologies for it, blah blah. The United States of the Offended.


I'm offended by shiatty country music. The confederate flag is a symbol of that same shiatty confederate music; therefore, I'm offended by the confederate flag.

30 Nov 2012 09:14 AM
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the_rev    [TotalFark]  

dr_blasto: I'm offended by shiatty country music. The confederate flag is a symbol of that same shiatty confederate music; therefore, I'm offended by the confederate flag.


Well, like I said, some people will bend over backwards to get offended. Have at it.

30 Nov 2012 09:15 AM
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hinten     
The fact that country music has adopted this symbol speaks to the intellectual power that goes into that whole musical culture.

30 Nov 2012 09:18 AM
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Coco LaFemme     
It's not offensive, it's ignorant. Of course, if someone wants to broadcast their ignorance to the whole world, they are more than free to do so.

30 Nov 2012 09:18 AM
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beantowndog     
I'm sure he has many blah friends.

30 Nov 2012 09:20 AM
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dr_blasto    [TotalFark]  

the_rev: dr_blasto: I'm offended by shiatty country music. The confederate flag is a symbol of that same shiatty confederate music; therefore, I'm offended by the confederate flag.

Well, like I said, some people will bend over backwards to get offended. Have at it.


I meant to mention shiatty country music twice. Not shiatty confederate music.

/just don't like modern shiatty country music

30 Nov 2012 09:21 AM
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FriarReb98    [TotalFark]  

the_rev: Good. You shouldn't be. Nobody should. It's an inch-wide earplug in a douchy millionaire singer's ear. But yet, we are reading about people tweeting and complaining, and the guy having to make apologies for it, blah blah. The United States of the Offended.


This. People make their entire livings off of being offended in this country.

30 Nov 2012 09:23 AM
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Cythraul     

FriarReb98: the_rev: Good. You shouldn't be. Nobody should. It's an inch-wide earplug in a douchy millionaire singer's ear. But yet, we are reading about people tweeting and complaining, and the guy having to make apologies for it, blah blah. The United States of the Offended.

This. People make their entire livings off of being offended in this country.


Lawyers?

30 Nov 2012 09:26 AM
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FriarReb98    [TotalFark]  

dr_blasto: /just don't like modern shiatty country music


I prefer to refer to it as "Southern Pop." It belongs with classic country as much as a whale belongs in the middle of Kansas, with Taylor Swift being the (admittedly hot) poster child for why my title is apt.

30 Nov 2012 09:29 AM
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cmunic8r99    [TotalFark]  
I love it when people display their confederate flag swag.

It gives me a visual indication that they are racist d-bags and affords me the opportunity to avoid them.

30 Nov 2012 09:29 AM
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WorldCitizen     

FriarReb98: WorldCitizen: Hey, the Nazi flag is just celebrating your German heritage.

I'm sure the millions of Hindus, Buddhists and Janists who still use swastikas in their religion share your view.


I'm not sure that Hindus Buddhists and Janists use the Nazi flag. You realize it's a combination of patterns and not just a swastika, right?

30 Nov 2012 09:40 AM
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Gwendolyn    [TotalFark]  
I don't think the people who buy his albums are the ones complaining. Why does he care?

30 Nov 2012 09:40 AM
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FriarReb98    [TotalFark]  

WorldCitizen: FriarReb98: WorldCitizen: Hey, the Nazi flag is just celebrating your German heritage.

I'm sure the millions of Hindus, Buddhists and Janists who still use swastikas in their religion share your view.

I'm not sure that Hindus Buddhists and Janists use the Nazi flag. You realize it's a combination of patterns and not just a swastika, right?


So it's a combination of patters that's offensive? In that case, I'm offended by the Nets cheerleaders for having costumes with horizontal AND vertical stripes.

30 Nov 2012 09:45 AM
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sweetmelissa31     

FriarReb98: I'm sure the millions of Hindus, Buddhists and Janists who still use swastikas in their religion share your view.


Are you the kind of guy who has a Nazi flag tattoo and claim you just intended it as a Buddhist symbol?

30 Nov 2012 09:51 AM
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sweetmelissa31     

sweetmelissa31: FriarReb98: I'm sure the millions of Hindus, Buddhists and Janists who still use swastikas in their religion share your view.

Are you the kind of guy who has a Nazi flag tattoo and claim you just intended it as a Buddhist symbol?


Ah I should have checked your profile before hand. Complaining about "political correctness"? Check. A whole section about your Caucasian heritage? Check.

30 Nov 2012 09:53 AM
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kronicfeld    [TotalFark]  
Have we replaced Freeper Friday with Pedant Friday already?

30 Nov 2012 09:55 AM
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FriarReb98    [TotalFark]  

sweetmelissa31: FriarReb98: I'm sure the millions of Hindus, Buddhists and Janists who still use swastikas in their religion share your view.

Are you the kind of guy who has a Nazi flag tattoo and claim you just intended it as a Buddhist symbol?


Nope, I'm the kind of guy who watched way too much Carlin and had way too many history classes to think that a symbol or word will mean the same thing every time forever and ever. Read my previous posts too.

30 Nov 2012 09:55 AM
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vernonFL    [TotalFark]  

Cythraul: I'll forgive him, if he promises to come over to my place for some incredibly hot sexy-time.


This.

30 Nov 2012 09:56 AM
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FriarReb98    [TotalFark]  

sweetmelissa31: Ah I should have checked your profile before hand. Complaining about "political correctness"? Check. A whole section about your Caucasian heritage? Check.


Too self righteous to read the rest of my posts? Check.

30 Nov 2012 09:56 AM
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Therion    [TotalFark]  
In the 60s, 70s, and 80s, Confederate flags meant {Beavis voice} "I'm a Rebel! Rebels are Cool!" {/Beavis voice}

It wasn't until the 90s that Confederate flags started being strongly equated with Slavery and Racism, and an awful lot of folks still think that Confederate flags still mean "I'm a Rebel! Rebels are Cool!"

I think those people (what do you mean, those people?) still wear/ use the symbol to "stick it to the libs!"

To educated folks it's a symbol of oppression, to uneducated folks it's a symbol of cool. Screaming at the uneducated that their cool symbol is a hate symbol isn't the way to educate them.

(lived in the North most of my life, in Austin the last two decades, and I haven't owned anything with a Confederate flag on it since being a teenager. Comment added before some dumbass accuses me of "defending the Confederate flag")

30 Nov 2012 09:56 AM
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Diogenes    [TotalFark]  

vernonFL: Cythraul: I'll forgive him, if he promises to come over to my place for some incredibly hot sexy-time.

This.


I'd rather Toby Keith.

30 Nov 2012 10:02 AM
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FriarReb98    [TotalFark]  
And for the record, anyone who is offended by a Confederate Battle Flag but not the Georgia state flag needs a history book on why the state essentially pegged a giant middle finger in the face of the offended and got away with it.

30 Nov 2012 10:03 AM
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sweetmelissa31     

FriarReb98: Too self righteous to read the rest of my posts? Check.


I read them, and I think you're just being politically correct. It's currently out of fashion to admit being racist, so you claim you're not so people won't be angry at you. 50 or 60 years ago you could proudly call yourself a racist, but now you're just afraid.

30 Nov 2012 10:04 AM
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Diogenes    [TotalFark]  
My great grandfather was in the Klan.

I think I'll wear a Klan robe today. 'Cause, you know, heritage.

30 Nov 2012 10:07 AM
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WorldCitizen     

FriarReb98: And for the record, anyone who is offended by a Confederate Battle Flag but not the Georgia state flag needs a history book on why the state essentially pegged a giant middle finger in the face of the offended and got away with it.


For the record, I'm not offended by it. There's very little in life that offends me. There's a difference between being offended and just thinking something is stupid and hypocritical.

30 Nov 2012 10:11 AM
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sweetmelissa31     
My great-great grandparents were shot into a ditch in Belarus because they were Jews.

They had it almost as hard as white Southerners in 2012 who can't wear Confederate flags without being criticized.

30 Nov 2012 10:12 AM
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vernonFL    [TotalFark]  
Yet we have no problems with Bayer aspirin, Porsche, Mitsubishi or Hugo Boss.

30 Nov 2012 10:14 AM
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WorldCitizen     

vernonFL: Yet we have no problems with Bayer aspirin, Porsche, Mitsubishi or Hugo Boss.


Is anyone claiming to be bothered by any companies based in the former Confederacy?

30 Nov 2012 10:17 AM
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Cythraul     

Diogenes: My great grandfather was in the Klan.

I think I'll wear a Klan robe today. 'Cause, you know, heritage.


Yours too?

30 Nov 2012 10:19 AM
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FirstNationalBastard    [TotalFark]  

FriarReb98: dr_blasto: /just don't like modern shiatty country music

I prefer to refer to it as "Southern Pop." It belongs with classic country as much as a whale belongs in the middle of Kansas, with Taylor Swift being the (admittedly hot) poster child for why my title is apt.


Agreed.

Popular Country Music is what we should all be offended by. It's not country, it's pop with violins (fiddle is too country a word to use anymore). It's made by frustrated wannabe popstars, and marketed toward minivan driving soccer moms.

But it is NOT COUNTRY.9

Now, real country music still lives on... they call it Alt Country (among other labels) now. You can find it with some digging... satellite radio, the internet, but you'll never hear real country on TV or FM radio ever again, because it's not as marketable as blonde barbie pop star wannabe shaking her ass and singing her latest girl power anthem.

30 Nov 2012 10:22 AM
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Snarfangel     

sigdiamond2000: Anyone ever heard the phrase "northern heritage" used by anyone?


Yes, but generally with "European" stuck in the middle.

30 Nov 2012 10:24 AM
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FlashHarry    [TotalFark]  

the_rev: Ah. There it is. This is what everyone's all butthurt about? Tapdancing Christ on a cracker...people will go to such great pains to find something to be offended about.


you you'd be totally cool if it were a swastika?

30 Nov 2012 10:24 AM
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The_Sponge    [TotalFark]  

FirstNationalBastard: FriarReb98: dr_blasto: /just don't like modern shiatty country music

I prefer to refer to it as "Southern Pop." It belongs with classic country as much as a whale belongs in the middle of Kansas, with Taylor Swift being the (admittedly hot) poster child for why my title is apt.

Agreed.

Popular Country Music is what we should all be offended by. It's not country, it's pop with violins (fiddle is too country a word to use anymore). It's made by frustrated wannabe popstars, and marketed toward minivan driving soccer moms.

But it is NOT COUNTRY.9

Now, real country music still lives on... they call it Alt Country (among other labels) now. You can find it with some digging... satellite radio, the internet, but you'll never hear real country on TV or FM radio ever again, because it's not as marketable as blonde barbie pop star wannabe shaking her ass and singing her latest girl power anthem.



I never thought it would be possible for somebody to be a country music hipster.

/I keed.

30 Nov 2012 10:25 AM
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