... an Emerging Ceramic White Elephant
So a few days ago the world blew up in a town near me called San Burno, I mean Bruno. Of course I was an ass and tweeted the following:
"I can't remember if I shut off the gas BBQ in my friends back yard in San Bruno. I'm sure everything is OK."
Minutes later a tweeter called njudah went bananas:
njudah: Another Stern DICK! RT @merkley: I can't remember if I shut off the gas BBQ in my friends back yard in San Bruno. I'm sure everything is OK.
njudah: wanna find a class act? find @merkley making jokes about a deadly fire the night of. Send him a message for his shitheadedness!
njudah: @merkley You are really an asshole aren't you? making jokes about my friends in San Bruno? FUCK YOU ASSHOLE!!!!!
njudah: Hey everyone, @merkley is the same kind of guy who made jokes about 9/11. He thinks he's clever making tasteless jokes this close to tragedy
njudah: @remid0d0s0 Fuck him and fuck his bullshit. Hope he rots in Hell. He is the definition of a leftist dickwad
njudah: Hey wanna make a difference? First, give blood and help the relief effort. then tell @merkley what an asshole he is for making fun of us
njudah: @kinnaree I know. But fuck him and fuck his bullshit. Time for some Ezekiel 25:17 on his fascist ass.
njudah: To all my San Bruno friends: this worthless asshole thinks your suffering is worth a joke:
njudah: The question remains: who will call @merkley on his shit? Will @violetblue ? someone with actual morals?
njudah: @djbtv I want to destroy him
njudah: Look people I love you all back but we have to call Howard Stern and this Merkley douche accountable. No quarter!
njudah: @violetblue I'm horrified at your buddy "Merkley's" jokes about the San Bruno disaster. I know you're a good person. WTF????
njudah: Things I plan on doing: When @merkley 's family is consumed in a holocaust I will buy flowers. B/C unlike @merkley I'm not a douche.
njudah: @merkley Hey ASSHOLE. You're on my list. Your jokes aren't "hipster cool shit". Youre just a worthless asshole. NEVER cross my path SHIT!
njudah: @toddx Plenty of assholes have lots of followers. Didn't Stalin too? Fuck you fucker.
njudah: @one9 it was over the line and classist and asshole-ish. My friends' families are in that shit. Hope he dies soon!
njudah: imagine a bad joke during 9/11 or the Loma Prieta quake. That's @Merkley the douche
then i wrote him an email:
you know what? there is a lot of love in a joke. humorists care. part of humor is dealing with grief. i would be honored for you or anyone else to tell jokes upon my demise and if you're up to it, i would even appreciate a dance upon my grave. i'm obviously sorry for everyone's losses and i'm hoping they'll all be able to force in a weak smile in the face of it all, after all, thats what life is about.
and btw, i shook rudy guiliani's hand ten minutes before i stood ten feet away from him as he appeared on saturday night live on its first return after 9/11 and the whole time i was thinking: thats the right thing to do.
and yeah, i was making hella jokes about 9/11. ALL HUMORISTS AND ABSURDISTS WERE. it's our job.
all the best.
Then he continued:
njudah: Guess what? @merkley just sent me email saying that jokes about 9/11 are ok and he says he laughs at you in San Bruno. Troll 4 life I guess.
njudah: @merkley fuck you, troll bait mother fucker!
njudah: @merkley you think you're so fucking out there but instead you're just South Park with veneer of pretense. DENIED, FUCKWAD
njudah: blocking @merkley for being a fucking thug. DENIED, jerk!
Then he wrote me this email:
you declared class war on me , and my friends who died there. you also declared war on me, who saw firsthand my friends dying at the world trade center during 9/11. and for me this isn't cynical bullshit, when people die, for me it hurts. HA HA it's San Bruno HA HA it's working class not some asshole like you who takes pictures orwhatever. for YOU it's a big fucking goddamned joke. for me these are people. you hurt me and you laugh about it? fine. I can laugh back when you cross me and I'll fucking make you feel what I feel.. I hate it. But your lack of empathy elevates mine, you FUCKING ASSHOLE!
Then I wrote him an email:
sir, there is no class warfare here at all. i understand empathy, i'm a very empathetic person. i am surrounded by people who love me because i make bad times fun. i'm sorry that you didn't enjoy my joke in which i made myself look like a total idiot, essentially taking blame for a disaster, but i certainly meant no harm, i'd never intentionally hurt a person for any reason, i despise cruelty but i vehemently defend humor and laughter as a way to deal with tragedy.
911 wasnt a joke, fires are not jokes, cancer isn't a joke, but we MAKE jokes to deal with such things. its an amazing evolutionary phenomenon for which most people, fortunately, are rather grateful.
while it's not fun thinking that i have upset you so, there is really not much i can do but say that i hope somewhere through this whole journey you will be able to find the lightness in things and create happiness for those around you.
all the best
Anyway, I suppose the really IMPORTANT question is: Were any "holy books" burned in San Bruno? Because that would be REALLY AWFUL! Yall still awake?