Too much PC for my PC

So there it was in the Sunday paper: Ralph Lupin–doctor, philanthropist, and chairman of the Vieux Carre Commission–called New Orleans’ Sanitation Director Veronica White “a bitch”.

Was it kind? No. Did it demonstrate Dr. Lupin’s media savvy? No. Was it called for? Well, I wasn’t there, but based on every other interaction I’ve had with those people, yes, it was most definitely called for. If you’ve ever tunnelled through the warren of offices in America’s ugliest city hall and felt like Josef K, you know what I’m sayin’.

Of course, now Rainbow PUSH New Orleans–Jesse Jackson’s local PC militia–is complaining that the comment was sexist and that Dr. Lupin ought to be removed as chair of the VCC. And yeah, I guess I think an apology is in order, but come on. “Appalling?” I’ve gotten into arguments with meter maids that have ended in much, much worse.

I suppose that in the future Dr. Lupin should stick to gender-neutral insults like “asshole”, “fuckface”, and my preferred slur of the moment “fucktard” (though that last one does potentially insult the mentally handicapped, especially the ones who can’t fuck). And as long as Reverend JJ & Co. are around, Ralph might wanna hurl his four-letters at white folks, since Jesse doesn’t seem to care what happens to them.

6 Comments so far

  1. Jack Ware (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 2:41 pm

    Sounds to me like all three parties involved in this take themselves a smidge too seriously. But what really gets to me is the civil disobedience thing. I mean, come on, “we’ll just put it in three ply trash bags on the curb instead” doesn’t exactly smack of a lyric by Zack de la Rocha. I am of the firm belief that if something contemporary is going to referred to as civil disobedience then how well it fits into a Rage Against the Machine song is the litmus test.

    “Fuck you I won’t do what you tell me!”

    Now if Ralphy-boy would have said that to ol’ Veronica then we’d have something “Appalling” to talk about.

    If it was me, I’d have screamed that at her and encouraged everyone to throw their trash into the river twice a week until someone stops being a bitch…..but that’s me.


  2. Tyler Curtain (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 5:43 am

    Thank gawd that Hizzoner has opined that name-calling has no place in government and wants to see the Old Squares chairman gone.

    And gawd-forbid stop talking about those ugly roll-a-bin things! And the trash. And Hizzoner’s performance as NOLA Mayor. But let’s do talk about the best quote EVER:

    ‘”I’m a gynecologist,” Lupin said. “You can’t be a sexist if you’re a gynecologist.”‘


  3. Jack Ware (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 10:27 am

    That is a great quote Tyler – I love it. At least he’s passionate about his role – I’d like to see more of that. I guess whether he should resign comes down to whether Veronica’s a bitch or not. If she is then he’s fine – if she’s not then it’s slander, or libel or something; I always get those confused. Either way, the comment doesn’t bother me and it was a nice turn of phrase. He should have followed it whith “ZZZZiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnggggggg”

    And really, is Hizzoner really the right person to tell anyone, anywhere, ever, what is appropriate? I think not.


  4. roux (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

    Maybe he should have called her the c-word.


  5. Kapaali (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 7:25 pm

    I’ll call her the c-word! I’m good at it!


  6. termite (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 8:48 pm

    why yes…yes she is…lol

    let’s go have a drink Kapaali, it’s on me. ;)



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