I’ve noticed recently a trend among folks of saying something completely and totally offensive towards an entire group of people, and then claiming victimhood if someone disagrees.
(This is an old one, but it’s the first time I can recall… no wait, the whole mentioning that Liz Cheney is lesbian is the first time I can actually recall.)
Dick Cheney: Shoots old man in the face.
General Public: !
Old man: I abjectly apologize for getting shot in the face and causing so much distress to Mr. Cheney.
Perry: Does not change racially offensive name on lodge.
General Public: !
Perry: It is so hard being an oppressed white man. You have to be soooo careful with this stupid PC stuff, it just isn’t fair.
Poster: Nobody is allowed to disagree with what I am about to say. All people who cosleep are child abusers who are unable to get human touch any other way, are unable to be individuals, and are forcing it on their kids. Also some deeply disturbing stuff about sexuality.
Reply: I am offended and disagree. (Also mildly sickened by what is going on in your mind. That is messed up.)
Poster: How dare you disagree when I said at the top of the post nobody is allowed to disagree? I am hurt.
Nature: Men can do science and women can only shop
All intelligent readers: The 1950s called, they want their stereotypes back
Nature: You are all hysterical, how dare you complain? More proof that women are unsuited to science! Plus if the editor weren’t Jewish you wouldn’t be saying such things. You anti-Semitic jerks.
Poster: WOHM cannot bond with their children.
Reply: That’s a stupid statement and untrue
Poster: I demand you apologize.
I know this is a really common tactic among the Rush Limbaughs and Fox Newses of the world. It looks like other folks are picking it up too.
It irritates me.
What do you think is the best reaction once they have claimed victimhood? How do you react?
Dropping it seems to allow the person to continue their spreading of vitriol unchecked. Pushing back even more allows them to milk the victim card even more. How about directly addressing the claim of victimhood? “Really, you just compared an entire group of people to Nazis and now *you’re* claiming to be the victim?”