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Lake Highlands Parents, Teach Your Children Not to Make Rape Jokes

 

Also teach your children not to retweet or favorite rape jokes.

UPDATE: So young W. took the tweet down. I’m not sure he really understands what he did wrong, but at least he took it down:

 

  • Tim Rogers

    Thank God there was no Twitter when I was in high school, in 1988.

  • DDD

    I suppose this is a public document since it was “tweeted” but I do not think it is cool to post this with the kids name on it on your website. Bad tweet by the kid but you are compounding it. Kid made a mistake but he is a kid. It looks like I am the same age as Tim and I did some really stupid things back in the day. Very serious issue for everyone over there. Kid screwed up. Just a kid not thinking. Probably best to not make his backlash any worse that it already would have been.

  • LH Pride

    Haha that’s actually really funny. Lets go cats!

  • Edward

    Sorry, I think “kids” DESERVE to get a backlash for stuff like this.

    I’m tired of the “thank god _______ wasn’t around when I was a kid” excuses. Just because you or I were asses when we were younger doesn’t mean it’s okay for some other kid to be an ass today.

    If a “kid” is old enough to tweet, he’s old enough to face the consequences for being stupid.

  • Drew

    Are you kidding me? Sorry but I think posting a kid’s (maybe a minor’s?) first & last name, twitter handle, AND publishing a link to a screenshot of the post after he realized the error of his ways and took it down seems a little extreme — almost vindictive.

    Did Bradford play soccer at Pearce or something?

  • Tim Rogers

    I’m with DDD all the way. Bradford, it feels to me like you’re shooting at an ant with an elephant gun.

    Zac, please jump in here with some commentary about ant guns.

  • BradfordPearson

    Screenshot’s down, Drew. Not vindictive, I just wanted to illustrate what was originally said. Thanks for reading.

  • SSSS

    Bradford you are a douche

  • rauldallas

    I don’t have sympathy for the kid. I try to explain this to kids all the time. When you post something on social media it becomes fair game for anyone to retweet, bring attention to it, or share it with others. That is the way it works (BTW, even marking your feed private doesn’t matter all that much).

  • Drew

    His ID’ing info is still there along with the original quote, but whatever — you guys are the ones with journalism degrees. Just seems to me like that’s not exercising much better judgment than this kid did. Will continue to be a loyal FB follower.

  • Jalanga27

    What type of degree in journalism do you have to have to research high school tweets? When did journalism and social media start reporting on adolescence perspectives and word of mouth? This is pathetic Bradford. Why not do a tux challenge, that is at least entertaining, yet still worthless, rather than write this shit? Why doesn’t a Big local Magazine come together in finding out major issues and focus on how to resolve the issue, instead of picking on a minor?

  • ThatGuy

    calling out a kid and posting his information. Bradford’s a douche. have fun crying yourself to sleep, as you masturbate to Asian soft core tonight. get a real job

  • iii

    This website is embarrassing to Dallas. You’re a grown man picking on a kid’s dumb tweet? That’s news? Is being a douche a requirement for working at D Magazine?

  • Neal K

    “Screenshot’s down”

    But (as of 8:17 PM Tuesday) not the identifying information that everyone is criticizing you for posting.

  • ThatGuy

    Bradford deleted my first comment. get a real job and stop following teenagers on twitter. you’re just as creepy as the rapist

  • ThatGuy

    ^this

  • BradfordPearson

    I took it down because it violated our decency standards. Nothing more.

  • Neal K

    “Also teach your children not to retweet or favorite rape jokes.”

    This from a magazine that put “DOG NAZIS: THEY WILL BUST YOUR POOCH” on its October 2012 cover.

    I’ll tell you what, Bradford. You stop making Nazi jokes on the covers of your magazine and then you can name and shame underage Twitter users with 175 followers for making rape jokes. Does that work for you?

    And yes, every time anyone from D singles out someone else for politically incorrectness, we will throw the Nazi cover thing back in your faces.

  • Neal K

    “Also teach your children not to retweet or favorite rape jokes.”

    This from a magazine that put “DOG NAZIS: THEY WILL BUST YOUR POOCH” on its October 2012 cover.

    I’ll tell you what, Bradford. You stop making Nazi jokes on the covers of your magazine and then you can name and shame underage Twitter users with 175 followers for making rape jokes. Does that work for you?

    And yes, every time anyone from D singles out someone else for political incorrectness, we will throw the Nazi cover thing back in your faces.

    http://www.dmagazine.com/Issues/D_Magazine_OCT_2012.aspx

  • Fubradford

    “Bradford Pearson the real rapist?!”

  • LH Grad

    For those of you complaining about posting a minor’s tweet-it’s a social media world. Everything you post online is permanent now. That doesn’t change if you are 15 or 85. I’m sure his parents are horrified by the situation, but I hope this provides a life lesson to the young man not only about social media but the seriousness of rape and the frankly frightening culture around rape that exists today.

  • Eric Celeste

    Permissible, sure. I could set up a blog and just post dumb or even sickening stuff people say on social media, and I’m well within my rights to do so. Is it wise? Is it helpful? Does it enlighten? Is it decent? If it hurts someone, anyone, is there a larger point to be made? If that point is, Kids Say Dumb Things, is that meaningful enough to mess up his day/week/year and make him a citywide symbol of intolerance and insensitivity? Does such a post do anything other than serve as a slow drive-by of an auto accident on the virtual highway? I’m biased,LH Grad, but I believe these are worthwhile questions. I hope I didn’t hurt you by highlighting the barely thought-out, surface-level, reactionary quality of your comment, but, hey, it’s a social media world. I hope this provides a lesson to you and others like you.

  • Bill Marvel

    Agree with DDD, here, Bradford.
    Here’s the thing: We journalists have tremendous power to publish or withhold. Those we write about often have no such power, Therefore we are morally obliged to use our power very carefully. We need to measure the public good accomplished versus the private vulnerability and harm.
    A teenage kid is certainly powerless and about as vulnerable as they come. He has virtually no means to defend himself. And you have no way of measuring the harm this exposure may cause to himself, to his family.
    What is the public good, here? It’s not as though exposing one of the Steubenville predators. The kid did not express any desire to rape, any approval of rape. He made a very insensitive analogy. Teenage male assholery, then, at the most. But hardly of the kind that warrants publishing the tweet with his name — and, God forbid at one point, his picture! — attached. (He did have the good sense to take his tweet down, which is more sense than D showed.)
    I didn’t go to journalism school, so I have no idea what they’re teaching these days about the use and abuse of the power of the press. But i think i do have some sense of basic ethics and simple decency. This crossed the line.

  • Bill Marvel

    I note, Edward, that you do not comment under your full name.

  • Brent Dudenhoeffer

    He should be glad he didn’t flick a cig butt out the window of his car.

  • Anon

    I can feel the smugness oozing though the screen…

  • Neal K

    Alright, so now (as of 11:35 PM Tuesday) the screen shot of his second tweet you previously posted is down but the identifying information and links to his Twitter account are still up. This is your solution, your fix? Do you think we’re stupid? You would have been better off doing nothing.

  • Chris Chris

    Really? You people are getting upset because a high profile blog highlighted douche boy extraordinaire’s tweet? Young people need to realize that sometimes social media goes beyond their tiny circle of “bros”. Wake up and smell the ramifications young Wesley and friends. Good on you on for realizing that rape jokes are bad, mmmkay?

  • David Burrows

    Twitter doesn’t cause rape. Evil people cause rape.

  • Tim Rogers

    This is actually a good conversation. I just wish some other blog had given you kind people the occasion to have it.

    I’ve redacted the kid’s info so that a Google search of his name 10 years from now won’t find this post.

  • Bill Marvel

    Neal
    I’m not clear on this.
    The cover certainly didn’t make the Nazis seem very sympathetic. “Nazi” by now has entered he common culture as a synonym for repression (“soup Nazi,” “food Nazi,’etc.) It’s become a common invective thrown at anyone with whom one disagrees politically.
    By focusing on these little linguistic side-shows, aren’t we really diverting attention from the terrible suffering of those caught up in the holocaust and the obvious lesson, which isn’t about Nazis but about race-hatred and those who along with it (by no means only Nazis)?

  • Frank Cresset

    You still don’t really get the internet, do you, Bill “Marvel”.

  • JSSS

    “High profile blog”? Did this get posed somewhere other than Frontburner?

    Bazinga!

  • maw

    I could barely get through your blah-blah-blah, Celeste. What’s up with all the lengthy comments on D blogs these days? Culture Map not running any of your garbage “writing” anymore? THOSE are the guys you need to be asking your “worthwhile questions!” jeez…go away!

  • Chauncey

    You’re a bully behind a screen belittling a minor. I don’t care to hear about a kid making ignorant jokes, do some real journalism.

  • Neal K

    Bill, I agree. The use of “Nazi” on the cover in October was as innocuous as this kid’s use of the word “rape” to describe an event that wasn’t rape. In that vein, here are my thoughts on your specific comments:

    “The cover certainly didn’t make the Nazis seem very sympathetic.”

    True, just as the kid’s tweet didn’t make rapists seem sympathetic at all.

    “‘Nazi’ by now has entered he common culture as a synonym for repression (“soup Nazi,” “food Nazi,’etc.) It’s become a common invective thrown at anyone with whom one disagrees politically.”

    Also true, but obviously D got some blowback from it – a letter from the Holocaust Museum, in fact – because they felt the need to write a long and rather defensive FrontBurner post about why they used the term on the cover and why they thought it was ok to do so. See here: http://frontburner.dmagazine.com/2012/10/05/on-the-word-nazi/

    “By focusing on these little linguistic side-shows, aren’t we really diverting attention from the terrible suffering of those caught up in the holocaust and the obvious lesson, which isn’t about Nazis but about race-hatred and those who along with it (by no means only Nazis)?”

    That sort of contradicts your point about “Nazi” entering the lexicon as a general synonym for oppression (which is true, by the way) and, by implication, that it isn’t a big deal to use it in such a way.

    Anyway, my point was simply that a magazine that recently got in hot water for using “Nazi” on its cover to describe an apartment complex dog poop inspector is in no position to single out and harass a teenager with a few Twitter followers for using the word “rape” in a similarly harmless context. For what it’s worth, I wouldn’t have used either word even though I generally dislike political correctness. But I felt the need to respond to Bradford’s post because I dislike bullying even more.

  • JohnMorris

    How about you do your job instead of lurking around on a minor’s twitter account

  • Eric Celeste

    What IS with the lengthy comments on D blogs these days, maw? Sub-thread?

  • Bill Marvel

    Neal,
    Political correctness of language is a minefield of opinions and counter-opinions, and often it depends upon whose ox was gored or whose ancestors were gassed. I was less alarmed about the kid’s thoughtless post — precisely at a time when one or more rapists are active in his very own neighborhood — then about D’s over-reaction, which unlike the kid’s tweet may have done some actual damage.
    Likewise, it seems to me hard to argue that the use of the word “Nazi” to designate a certain kind of officious or repressive behavior causes actual harm. (Jim Schutze uses it in today’s Unfair Park, and so far I’ve seen no reaction.) To deny the holocaust or to attempt to argue that the Nazis were really all-right guys would, of course, cause real damage.
    So is your problem with D’s cover or the kid’s tweet, or both, or neither? .Or are you just scoring points off D?
    In general I am against the kind of hyper-correctness that sometimes erupts over the use of certain words. There are words that are directly insulting. That is not the case here.

  • Guest

    Whoever is taking the time to roast high school students when there is obviously a bigger issue at hand needs to find another way to compensate for their pathetic-excuse-of-a-life predicaments and mind their own business. Now hopefully this comment will be the last rape in Lake highlands.
    Sincerely,
    If I was your boss you’d be out of work.

  • Bill Marvel

    Guess not, Frank. But I have a fair idea of how much courage it takes to comment from behind a pseudonym, and how much credence we should give such comments.I’m old fashioned. I was taught that if I said or wrote something, put my name on it.

  • Bill Marvel

    “What’s up with all the lengthy comments on D blogs these days? ”
    I suspect, maw, they’re aimed at people who can actually read by people who can actually write.