*My reaction to the Keith Olbermann suspension*
“Victory is mine, victory is mine!
Bright day in the morning people victory is mine!
I drink from the keg of glory, Donna, bring me the finest muffins and bagels in all the land!”
– Josh Lyman, The West Wing
Yes! Oh so many months later a little thing called JUSTICE met up with my old friend, nemesis, archenemy and bane of existence Keith Olbermann. They’ve been on quite the collision course from sometime now. But this is America, land of the free and home of the brave, a country founded on the principle of justice. And I’m proud to report to you today that Justice. Has. Been. Served.
You’ve heard by now that Keith Olbermann has been suspended for the rest of the week from his show that 10 people watch in light of his comments about Penn State’s THON. For those of you who don’t know what THON is, it’s this marathon dance party Penn State runs every year to raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer. A noble cause. And they’re damn good at it. This year? Over $13 million.
Now, here’s where some may think I’ll hammer Olbermann, but I’m going to briefly take it easy on him. ESPN shouldn’t reprimand him because of his stance toward THON. In fact, it’s pretty clear that he didn’t say anything poor about THON, rather he insists that it’s about the Penn State student body.
The “We Are…Penn State” chant is tradition. Sure. Dumb, but okay. My school’s is “On, Wisconsin!” Equally dumb, and the point is that chants are stupid and you’re in love with the one from your team but I digress. So, I did a little Googling and found that Lisa Aiello DeLeon is a 54-year old mother and PSU engineering alum living in Ohio. Apparently, back in January with the whole Paterno-wins reinstatement, Olbermann ranted about how delusional the Penn State community is.
And there, I agree with him. Penn State’s fans are rather deplorable if they support their history. It’s sad they had to go through it because of one man’s sick actions, but that’s the way the cookie crumbled. Life isn’t fair and stuff happens.
But DeLeon’s point is that the Penn State community still does remarkable and admirable things, and I agree with that too.
So, finally, here’s why Olbermann should be suspended. Not for a week. Not for a month. Not for a year. Forever.
Not because of his opinions. You think Penn State people are “pitiful”? Fine by me. You want to go on twitter and beef no-names who you shouldn’t even CONSIDER stooping to? Great! But, Keith, buddy, you should be suspended because you are a certified moron. You saw the words “We are” and didn’t even attempt to read what the article was even about! You inadvertantly called a charity event pitiful because of your ridiculous ego! At the end of the day, I respected his schtick. Being an egotistical monster and a bigot is a hard thing to do everyday on live (10-viewer) television.
But Keith you messed up. You let your stupidity get in the way. And I get responding to the trolls, it’s gotta be tough to sit back there and take heat all of the time, but you come at them with such an unnecessary vengeance! Disgracing every human who’s ever affiliated with the institution! And that’s just not right.
So I leave you with this: Keith Olbermann was suspended not because of what he did, but because he was so stupid to realize what was so wrong about it. I legitimately wish you the worst in life, my friend.
The woman in question here was my sweet, 81-year old grandmother who was in my Twitter avi at the time.