Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Kayne West is a jackass

by Rob - September 16th, 2009.
Filed under: Uncategorized.

… and President Barack Obama was perfectly within his rights to call him that (when asked about West’s conduct).

If Obama had called West an “asshole,” maybe that would be marginally newsworthy, but none of the dictionaries I’ve checked flag “jackass” as objectionable, of questionable taste, or obscene. “Jackass” refers to a donkey, not an anus, for Pete’s sake, and is a synonym for “blockhead” according to the American Heritage English Dictionary.

Why is this even remotely newsworthy? What Kayne West did to Taylor Swift was wrong, and it’s reassuring to have a President who actually does recognize the difference between right and wrong.

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