This time, it wasn’t a case of being or not being woke, this time, I was attacked online because I got a song title wrong. I follow the Facebook page of Weird Al Yankovick, a singer best known for parodies of other songs. His most famous ones are parodies of two Michael Jackson songs, “Beat It” and “Bad” respectively titled “Eat It” and “Fat” and a parody of the Coolio hit, “Gangster’s Paradise” which is called, “Amish Paradise.” Anyway, one thread asked followers to name their favourite Weird Al songs. Mine are “Good Old Days,” “That Boy Could Dance” and “A Complicated Song.” However, I didn’t know that exact title of that last song, I thought it was called “Constipated” because that’s the theme of the first verse.
Not long after, I get a response from another Weird Al fan telling me the correct title of the song. I would have thanked him if he hadn’t added, “A true Weird Al fan would know that.” I replied that the album the song was on was given to me as a copied CD and the sender didn’t include the song titles. This person stated that I could have checked anywhere and that common sense should tell me that. With his patronizing comments, I was beginning to feel my blood boil and I was ready to engage in a slanging match with him. Therefore, I began forming arguments and counter insults in my brain.
Not wanting to be the asshole first, I simply asked him if it really mattered that I got the title wrong and then sat back waiting for some sort of patronizing response where I would then retaliate with my full arsenal. To my surprise, this person agreed that it wasn’t really that important and that he does get a bit ‘anal’ when people get Weird Al’s songs wrong. Well, that kind of took the wind out of my sails. I was all ready for a keyboard battle but it didn’t happen. Furthermore, he admitted that he was being anal, something I was ready to call him out on. So in the end, I praised him for being such a hardcore Weird Al fan.
That’s the thing with cyber bullying. I know of horrendous stories of people being bullied online by people they know but it can be different with people who could be halfway around the world. You’re not going to ever meet these people in the flesh so it’s much easier to be aggressive with them. That’s another downside of the net, because one will never meet people whom they don’t agree with, they can hurl abusive insults at them and get away with it. Of course, the other person can hurl them back just as easily. This doesn’t always make internet chat rooms and forums a nice place and why I usually don’t go into them. But if I do and someone resorts to hurling insults or downright abuse, then I can give it back just as much, though I don’t really want to.
As a result of this post, I’ve decided to make this week “Weird Al Yankovick Week.” All song lyrics posts will be Weird Al songs.
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