A few posts back I mentioned my displeasure with people excusing their ill-behavior by saying, “I’m just keeping it real.”
Recently I’ve encountered several memes in this vein littering Facebook.
Let us be clear about this: rudeness and honesty are not mutually exclusive traits. I would argue much rudeness is simply an expression of unnecessary honesty.
Let’s say you see a person who you believe could stand to lose a few pounds and you say, “hey fatty, you need to lay off Ding-Dings before you go into a sugar coma.”
Honest: very possibly.
Rude: without question.
If you meet a person you find to be less than attractive and you utter something like, “you know, the thought of dating you makes me vomit in my mouth a little.”
Honest: why not?
Rude: absolutely. (Plus, I was having a bad hair day so it really wasn’t fair.)
If you take a bite of your aunt’s potato salad at a family picnic, and you gag then loudly proclaim that it tastes like a monkey peed on death…well that’s just funny.
Then there’s this meme:
Knowing and having been around some of the people who have slapped memes such as this one on their Facebook page; I can state without fear of contradiction: you and I have never been thinking the same thing. Ever!
In fact, the words that tumble from your lips tend to be quite shocking.
It’s not shocking that you’ve said them; it’s just shocking that they’re the product of an undiseased human brain.
But this is the meme I really appreciate:
Let’s take those exact same words and rearrange them slightly:
I’m not just brutally honest. I’m a bitch.
Is that rude?
Hey, I’m just trying to keep real.