So I guess I never really look at the stickys, so I only just noticed that sticky topic titled "the F word".
To me, that such a request is being made really upsets me. The descriptive term "french" is a completely valid one used on a regular everyday basis, to describe not only one of our country's official languages but also a self-described group of people, french-canadians.
But now suddenly, because one forum member gets a chip on their shoulder none of us can use the word now, regardless of the context? If it is being used in a derogatory manner then I can understand the mods taking action, but to outright ban a common everyday word is intellectually and morally wrong, at least in this contributor's opinion.
I know this is a private site and is allowed to make its own rules on what it allows and what it doesn't. But as a site that represents fans all across Canada I feel this sets an unsettling precedent. Where does it stop? If an American contributor found the term "import" (which is used to describe non-Canadian players) offensive would we have to stop using that term? Not entirely the same I know, but where is the line drawn?
I honestly feel that censorship in our modern society and the overreactive push towards extreme political correctness has caused damage to our culture over the course of my lifetime. I also feel that while small, this sticky is just another fresh example of this. That is why I wanted to make this post and make my stand against what I feel is a wronghood. I know this topic will probably just get locked or even deleted, but at least I'll be able to go to bed feeling I did what I thought was right.
In short, other than words which are inherently offensive, judge everyday descriptive words on the context of their use, instead of just banning them across the board from use altogether. Let's support the values and freedoms of this great country that the CFL represents instead of letting one hyper sensitive individual restrict the freedoms of all who contribute to these forums.
Either someone made a joke that got taken seriously, or said it seriously, in which case it's still a joke.
At the most, I could see situations where someone doesn't want to see threads bashing French people, or laws that are perceived as catering to the French, whatever. But to rule out the word altogether as a descriptive term? Please...
Sorry, Bobo! I thought you were kidding the other day! :lol: :lol: :lol:
Obviously, there is nothing wrong with the word "French". Perhaps someone was offended by the context in which the word was used; I don't really know. But more than one person has expressed a problem with the derogatory term "Frog" being used to refer to the French people, and I agree with them. So let's knock that off, okay?