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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

National Review "Eulogizes" Maya Angelou with Snark and Pro-Gun Blather

Posted by on Wed, May 28, 2014 at 12:02 PM

The headline alone shows a shocking lack of respect...

...but you should absolutely not click through unless you want to see a bunch of conservative assholes malign Angelou's memory in particular, and poetry in general. This is the kind of garbage that turns people off from Republican culture.

Instead of clicking through to that article, you should watch this video of Angelou's Sesame Street appearance:

 

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ummm, I bet you mean, ""...shows a shocking lack of respect." Unless you don't.
Posted by rabbitbrush on May 28, 2014 at 12:09 PM · Report this
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Lmfao at any "writer" for the stranger complaining about the use of snark and being disrespectful....

pot meet kettle
Posted by stranger fails again on May 28, 2014 at 12:27 PM · Report this
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@2, some people deserve respect. Some don't.
Posted by GermanSausage on May 28, 2014 at 12:29 PM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 4
@3 She would certainly have my respect. My deeply profound respect...

"I was in my house in North Carolina. It was fall. I heard someone walking on the leaves. And somebody actually turned the knob. So I said, 'Stand four feet back because I’m going to shoot now!' Boom! Boom! The police came by and said, 'Ms. Angelou, the shots came from inside the house.' I said, “Well, I don’t know how that happened.'" - Maya Angelou
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on May 28, 2014 at 12:45 PM · Report this
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#3
Well good thing you are here to tell us who gets respect and who doesnt...

in other words, go fuck yourself you self righteous douchebag.

enjoy your day...
Posted by go eat a dick on May 28, 2014 at 12:51 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 6
I do not know what is more bizarre, a writer at The Stranger whining about someone else being snarky, irreverent, and partisan, or someone posting a link just to tell everyone not to click on it.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on May 28, 2014 at 12:54 PM · Report this
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@5, you mad, bro?
Posted by GermanSausage on May 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM · Report this
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#7
Nope.

You self righteous dbag, bro? Yep.

Posted by go eat another dick on May 28, 2014 at 1:03 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 9
I don't get it. You act like being called a "gun nut" is a bad thing. Hell, my opinion of her went up after reading this article.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty http://www.nra.org on May 28, 2014 at 1:05 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 10
"Republican Culture", HA!
Posted by Max Solomon on May 28, 2014 at 1:07 PM · Report this
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I braved a clickthrough. I did learn more about Dr. Angelou's issue positions and saw SNL parodies with David Alan Grier endorsing Butterfinger, Pennzoil, and Kellogg's Froot Loops, so I'm not sorry. The Nat'l Review editorialist sympathizes with Dr. Angelou's disdain for standardized testing and her belief children should be reading better books than studying more for standardized tests. I agree with both the Nat'l Review editorialist and Dr. Angelou on the reading better books issue, yet I do not identify as an American conservative.

The "maligning of poetry in general" bit was written before the comments I'm now reading about Hart Crane's dazzling syntactic ambiguity. I probably need to read some more to know what is absolutely terrific poetry, and what is the type of poetry an awkward person picks out for a housewarming gift to someone they hardly know. I won't find out either here or at National Review Online if Dr. Angelou's poetry is the former or the latter.
Posted by I'll also read amiri baraka & tracy k smith too on May 28, 2014 at 1:11 PM · Report this
TCLballardwallymont 12
Snark and pro-gun blather? Paul either you've had too much coffee today, or you really need to step away from the office long enough to grab a giant cuppa.
Posted by TCLballardwallymont on May 28, 2014 at 1:22 PM · Report this
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@8, you sound pretty mad to me. But why? Which of your personal heroes has The Stranger disrespected? Sarah Palin? Rick Santorum? Elliot Rodger?
Posted by GermanSausage on May 28, 2014 at 1:34 PM · Report this
Lissa 14
Good for her!
I do think the National Review is being childish though. I mean that head line does kind of read "Nyah Nyah Nyah Libs! Your precious Maya was a GUN owner! Whattya think of that huh?!" HUH??!!
To which, as a liberal and a gun owner and a woman, I say:
Again, good for her, and grow the fuck up National Review.
Posted by Lissa on May 28, 2014 at 1:40 PM · Report this
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This does raise an interesting point: sensible people often deride the John-Woo-gun-fu hero strain of gun-enthusiast thought as being dangerous and wildly out of touch with reality, but there is the historical fact of Robert F. Williams, et al. Negros with Guns lack of equal protection.

Certainly there is enough irony and hypocrisy to be revealed in all over the intersections of these various groups, interests and ideologies to go around; I just doubt that the National Review crowd will be laughing last or most should we explore this at length.
Posted by They have the authority to kill a minority on May 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM · Report this
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@13
Lol...nice try at deflection, but it ain't gonna work.

keep being that self righteous dbag that you are.
What would we do without you telling who is worthy of respect and who is worthy of snark..

Maybe you can ask your boyfriend to pull that piece german sausage oout of your ass.

now run off and go make that $15 hour, hotshot.
Posted by go eat yet another dick on May 28, 2014 at 3:54 PM · Report this
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If you agree with me that some people deserve respect, and some people don't, and you clearly do agree with me, why are so butt devastated that I simply pointed out the truth? What's your beef with Maya Angelou?
Posted by GermanSausage on May 28, 2014 at 4:26 PM · Report this
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Her so-called poetry was rubbish. As a person she was uninteresting and uninspiring. Whenever she appeared on my TV, I changed the channel. And that Touched by an Angel crap? *yack*
Posted by Rod Munch on May 28, 2014 at 10:27 PM · Report this
Confluence 19
Hopefully Carlo is proud of his sexuality in addition to his name..
Posted by Confluence on May 29, 2014 at 1:37 AM · Report this

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