SFR 378: Of Founders and Fathers

–Adnan Syed, the subject of the Serial podcast’s first season, has been granted a new trial. This may well be the right decision, and yet feelings are mixed.
jasonbobby–Pope Francis says that the Church should apologize to gay people, and others who they have marginalized. But is this gesture of goodwill being inflated and misunderstood?
–Did someone try to break into Bobby’s house in the middle of the night? Or was it a dream? Perhaps a phantom? And what was that guy Jason saw outside up to?
–Justin Timberlake is the latest victim of the Culture Police after his simple tweet sends an internet mob into a frenzy over the issue of “cultural appropriation.”
–We asked, you answered: Why are you voting for Donald Trump? We’ll go over some of the reasons that were sent to our inbox and see if we can figure out the allure.
Independence Day is upon us here in America, and we end the show by sharing a little history, as well as some prescient words from a Founding Father.



About Jason Korbus

Friend, family member, possible werewolf. I co-host Strange Frequencies Radio, blog at Confidential Korbus, and generally walk among the weird. When I'm not doing busywork, I can usually be found with my nose in a book, my eyes glued to a glowing screen, or my ears tuned to The Ramones.
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One Response to SFR 378: Of Founders and Fathers

  1. Slim says:

    Would you mind telling why you think Adnan Syed is guilty? I have no strong feelings either way about his guilt or innocence, but I’m always curious to hear how other people reached their conclusions. I’ve listened to and read just about everything I could find about the case and trial and I have trouble reaching any sort of conclusion. I feel like the testimony and evidence are all very inconclusive, and I have a hard time trusting cops and lawyers who get tunnel vision and chase exclusively after one person if they can’t show concrete evidence that the suspect was the perpetrator. Even if the library thing is sketchy, that’s not evidence that it was Adnan Syed who killed Hae Min Lee. And why is Jay’s testimony automatically more credible than the woman who claims to have seen Syed at the library? It puzzles me.

    Re: deliberately offensive comedy, I’ve already told you my thoughts on that way back when, so I’ll just briefly reiterate- just because one asshat agrees with you does not make you right or validate your defense of twisting the knife through “comedy”, even if you’re not the one who did the stabbing. Claiming “it’s comedy! It’s just a joke!” does not excuse your bullshit. It doesn’t justify or nullify the harm you knowingly and intentionally inflict. It just makes you look like a malicious weasel using a convenient catch-all excuse to hide behind. I genuinely cannot understand how you guys are so adamant that joking about and diminishing issues like child abuse and rape and intentionally and unapologetically making victims feel like shit is okay (and, as I’ve said before, this sort of thing actually encourages perpetrators and makes them believe they are justified and not doing anything unusual or wrong- they see other men laughing and say to themselves “oh, they’re rapists/whatever too! Rape/whatever is totally a normal and accepted thing!”) and that the people who speak out about it are just over sensitive, and then turn around and promote equal rights and fair treatment and awareness of abuse/rape/what have you. It seems two-faced to me. People matter… until they object to their experience being trivialized and their assailant being encouraged. Then they don’t matter, because laughing at their plight is more fun than acknowledging and addressing it. Sternly condemning rapists in conversation with each other doesn’t cancel out the encouragement and normalization of rape by actively promoting and supporting comedy that turns it into a punchline. I know I’m probably not going to impact your opinions on the matter, but I can’t just stay silent about it. I just feel like you have this huge blind spot for that flavor of comedy because you like it and don’t want to have to acknowledge that it’s shitty.

    I largely agree with you about cultural appropriation, but there are some things that just aren’t okay. Like white people wearing Native American war bonnets -at all-. It would be like somebody running around wearing a bunch of real war medals without having earned them. Whereas wearing an actual everyday garment from another culture with no ceremonial/military/political implications, like an Indian sari, is fine. THAT’s just clothing. Whereas a war bonnet is military regalia and to wear one is to claim certain experience and characteristics that ignorant people wearing them for ~*~*~aesthetic~*~*~ don’t have.

    (Interesting tangent- Wearing unearned medals was, until recently, illegal, until the Stolen Valor Act was struck down after a Vietnam veteran wearing a bunch of medals he didn’t earn, including a Purple Heart, won a court case against the military claiming it was his freedom of speech to wear the medals. While it is LEGAL to do it, I think most people can agree it’s not very cool. Though the Stolen Valor Act is dead and gone, is now illegal to wear unearned medals for gain.)

    I’ll get off my pulpit and put my moral proselytizing miter back into its box now.

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