First, in the realm of Politics, we had Joe Wilson hollering out in Congress “You lie!” Expectations: Some applause, some boos. Not hollering out vile accusations. Apology? By phone. Didn’t talk to the President. Has Wilson been contrite since then? Not at all. Punishment? None. Some is needed.
Then, in the realm of Sports, we had Serena Williams yelling obscenities at a line judge. Expectations: Players get upset, throw rackets. Not threatening people doing their jobs. Apology? None. Could have done so right after the match. Not at all contrite in further interviews. Punishment? Light at best so far. If Serena is allowed to play in doubles today, it will be a travesty.
Finally, in the realm of Entertainment, at the VMA awards, young Taylor Swift was interrupted in her acceptance speech by Kanye West who declared Beyonce should have won. Expectations: Let an award winner have her moment and shut up. Beyonce was mortified and Taylor was hysterical in tears backstage. Apology? Could have done so backstage. Used Twitter only. Punishment? Reportedly West was shown the door right after this. Swift is getting a lot of sympathy. Unfortunately, this incident will only make the thug fans of West happier.
What has happened to civility? Why is it now okay to yell whatever you want at whoever you want whenever you want?