There are two things about this tweet that require comment.
At some point, we went completely round the bend on the topic of bullying in just a few short years. Until very recently, everyone knew what it meant when we said that someone was a bully; a bully was someone who taunted or degraded another person, humiliated or intimidated him. Bullying was the cause du jour of the mid-2000s, with countless anti-bullying programs springing up in every school and workplace.
But now, it seems, bullying is what happens when someone attempts to publicly humiliate or degrade another person … and is then called out by countless others for doing so. In other words, the bullies now complain when they are told to stop being bullies. It’s ubiquitous all of a sudden: Why does everyone call me a homophobe when I complain about two men kissing? Why does everyone call me a racist when I’m recorded saying I don’t want black people to come to my arena? Why does everyone call me sexist when I say that women should stay at home because men need to be dominant in our society?
It’s amazing that people find it problematic that others will call them out for being nasty to other people. It’s amazing that a sizeable portion of the population insists that their intolerance must be embraced, that bigotry can’t be criticized because of their own tragic misunderstanding of free speech and toleration.
The second thing that requires comment is that I found this tweet because, before it was deleted this morning, CNN quoted it in a news article on reactions to Michael Sam’s Draft Day kiss with his boyfriend. It’s just a random young man on the internet; he has ~200 followers on Twitter. In other words, the geniuses at CNN went looking for someone — anyone — who had something to say about Michael Sam and they published it as news. This young man’s mistaken notion doesn’t fall under the category of news about Michael Sam. What’s news is that millions of people, including plenty of very prominent people, think this way; they’re certain they’re being bullied by the gay rights activists or the political correctness squad or the communist/socialist/liberal scum who are ruining America.