Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Funniest Comment Ever

Altogether, people have left over 6,000 comments on this blog. The funniest one, however, has been made today by an anonymous reader. Here it is:
You know, Clarissa, you really are just the epitome of everything that is wrong in the world. You may be an Aspie, but that is insignificant in comparison to what a rotten person you are. There is nothing wrong with being provocative, but one should have the ability to contend with others if they are going to bother to claim how provocative they are. Else you just appear to be a rather wretched selective reading wench who has no foundation for her "opinions". You aren't embarrassing to all the feminists of the world, you're an embarrassment to humanity.
It's nice to know that some people's lives have been so sheltered that they've never seen anything scarier than me. On our planet there is murder, rape, torture, wars, pedophilia, genocide, hunger, global warming, dictatorships, concentrations camps, the IMF, etc. But who cares about all that when we have identified the true source of all those ills: me. Forget about Hitler, Stalin, Franco, Nebuchadnezzar and Caligula! Those guys are nothing compared to the damage Clarissa's Blog has done to the world. Holocaust is child's play compared to the destruction I have wreaked. Khmer Rouge cannot compete in the numbers of victims it has murdered. Our entire civilization could have been so easily redeemed from all the horrors it created but then I have to come around and make it utterly irredeemable. Now humanity is doomed to being damned for ever and ever.


Leah Jane said...

I'm a bit lost by the logic of what being an aspie has to do with being a rotten person. Are the two mutually exclusive, or closely tied, or...?
And if I were a musician, "Selective Reading Wench" would be the name of my Symphony Orchestra.

Clarissa said...

"And if I were a musician, "Selective Reading Wench" would be the name of my Symphony Orchestra."

- LOL. You are right, this is truly priceless. Maybe I should put it up on the door of my office. :-)

Canukistani said...

Don’t worry Anon. I hear your pain. Fortunately there is an organization dedicated to saving the world from people like Clarissa. Here is a link to a video of one of their success stories.

Ross Douthat was their greatest success. He went from Harvard left wing loser to conservative op-ed writer for the New York Times. If it doesn’t work then we’ll still be raptured up to Jesus before the tribulation in 2012.

Rebecca said...

Clarissa, I agree with you. There are plenty of things in the world that are scarier and more embarrassing than you.

However, if you are the academic (Faculty of Education, no less) you claim to be, I am surprised you are so quick to publish unfounded generalizations about a group like homeschooling parents.

I choose to homeschool my child. I have three degrees, including one at the post-grad level. Two of my degrees were done within a Faculty of Education. I've worked in schools and I've also chosen to allow my child to learn at home precisely so that he doesn't have to jump through hoops as per the school system.

I think that you have some very stereotypical ideas about homeschooling that are prejudicing clear thinking on this topic. I don't know how you came by them, but I do suspect you don't know very many homeschooling families in real life. That's usually how prejudice is formed... lack of experience/knowledge with a little fear thrown in for good measure.

Many of my homeschooling friends are doctors, lawyers, nurses, university professors, teachers, counsellors, artists, professional musicians, professional dancers, social workers, and so on. They are a very accomplished group and not at all atypical. Several of the homeschooling moms I know have at least a Bachelor degree and many have a Master's level degree or higher. Those who have chosen to stay home, out of the career track, do so because spending time with their children is more important to them than advancing their career. Yes, I realize that some people may not understand why they'd do that. I think you'd have to chalk it up to the fact that they really just love their kids. Why else would they sign up for hanging out with them 24/7 and choose to exist on one income (for those families with two... and I know single parents who homeschool as well and make it work).

BTW, I'm not at all angry or provoked. You just haven't done your research and that's not a reflection on me or any other homeschooling parent. I do hope you look into this further so you can expand your perspective.

Clarissa said...

Rebecca: you are confusing me with someone. I have no relation whatsoever to Faculty of Education. I don't have any degrees in Education, which I have explained several times. This is not an academic publication. It's an opinion blog.

I would also kindly ask everybody to keep discussions on homeschooling to the specific post on that subject. I would really like to keep other threads open for comments on subjects that are discussed in the actual posts.

Thank you!

Rebecca said...

Actually, in your profile, you say that your field is education and elsewhere you say you hold a PhD.

You must teach at a college or university, so you claim education as your field rather than your true area of expertise, which I've since discovered (by reading the comment on the other thread) is a particular brand of Spanish Lit.

I jumped to a conclusion based on a couple of small bits of flotsam that you posted on your blog.

If you actually have completed your PhD and done the work necessary to complete a dissertation, you must realize the importance of doing your homework. Opinions are fine, but most opinions are based in some sort of fact. Good ones, anyway. Otherwise, they are prejudices.

Which is really my point. So, although you aren't particularly scary, your freely flowing prejudices kind of are.

Which is why I deliberately posted in this thread.

Clarissa said...

Rebecca: surely you must see a difference between a doctoral dissertation and a personal opinion blog. I don't attach a bibliography to any of my posts. Nobody does. That's not what blogging is about.

I wonder, if I wrte a post about how much I hate fried onions and ow they are the most horrible food on earth, how much bibliographical sources will I need to support that opinion? Just wondering.

The Blogger profile gives a limited number of choices as to one's "Industry." Hispanic Studies wasn't one of the choices.

Liese4 said...

Fried onions are really good though!

Clarissa said...

Something tells me that I should not expect 200+ comments in this kind of discussion, however. :-)

Liese4 said...

Underneath your tough exterior, comments like the one in the post (and by fellow homeschoolers - sorry) must still hurt. Words are swords that pierce and wound, but they can also be gentle like a soft breeze.

I hope you have more of the latter.

Cheryl said...

Well, it looks like that author didn't just write the 'funniest' comment ever, but obviously the most provocative you have ever read. Win goes to the Anon Author. Sorry, Clarissa. It is funny, perhaps just not in the same way to everyone.

Clarissa said...

I'm now not allowed to say that I find something funny on my own blog? For your information, the most provocative thing I have been told so far by your friends, the homeschoolers, is that I'm a fucking kike who likes to suck my father's cock.

Aren't you tired of stalking me?

Pen said...

(My way of saying "ROFL"): I find it interesting that this person cared enough to comment. If you don't like it, don't read it; the fact that the commenter said anything at all indicates that they at least had some interest.

I also find it exceedingly curious that all the examples you gave have a lot to do with censorship, while you yourself make people think, instead of stopping them (and that was what the commenter had a problem with, as far as I can see). Then again, free thought is the downfall of everything. That suggests a fear of things getting out of control (and yet this person still cared enough to comment).

It's all quite hilarious really, especially when you look at the dual-language in the second sentence. What does being an aspie have to do with anything the commenter is concerned about? And since when does having an opinion make someone less human? If that were the case, humans wouldn't exist. We'd all be people masquerading as humans, to the point where it would just make sense to call us such.

Anonymous said...

I realize English is probably not your first language, but you do understand that "embarrassment" is different from "scary", right?

PamBG said...

My bet is that person has an issue with their mother. I don't agree with all your opinions but one thing I like is that you DO parse out your reasons for us. You actually seem to have reasons for what you think. That's quite refreshing in an age where gratuitous, ad hominem insults pass for legitimate opinion, even in the mouths of professional communicators.

eric said...

Wow, if somebody loathed you that much, you'd think they would simply...not visit your blog again. This kind of reminds me of a time when Gilbert Gottfried was on the Howard Stern show (I know, I know, Stern's a sexist pig) doing some schtick, and people were calling in to tell Gilbert how much he and his comedy sucked. Of course, Gilbert was laughing his ass off through the whole thing, because he knew he was doing his job.

Clarissa said...

The funniest thing is that such people visit the blog obsessively many times a day and keep hitting the refresh button like crazy. It's like a weird love-hate relationship they have with it.

I can only imagine the kind of loneliness that one has to experience in order to do something like that.

In a famous Russian movie, a character says: "I have been pursuing you for days just to tell you that I have no interest in you at all!"

Pagan Topologist said...

I am going to be nit-picky about language, for a change(?) The first line of this post needs to be "...have left over 6000 comments on this blog." The verb form you used implies that there will be no more comments to this blog. I, at least, hope that this is not true.

Clarissa said...

Thank you, David! I am planning to keep blogging for a long time to come, so hopefully more comments will be posted by readers.

Also, I am always VERY open to any suggestions on how to improve the writing grammatically or stylistically, so feel free to comment on any mistakes you see in my posts without any fear of offending my sensibilities. When it comes to learning, I have none. :-)

Clarissa said...

For everybody's information:

"Cyberharassment. Cyberharassment differs from cyberstalking in that it is generally defined as not involving a credible threat. Cyberharassment usually pertains to threatening or harassing email messages, instant messages, or to blog entries or websites dedicated solely to tormenting an individual. Some states approach cyberharrassment by including language addressing electronic communications in general harassment statutes, while others have created stand-alone cyberharassment statutes."