December 29th, 2018 – In 1998, conservative, evangelical pundit Bill Bennett declared the death of outrage in his book by the same name. Centering around the Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky scandal, he determined that the nation’s conscience had failed in expressing offense to moral and political missteps. In 2018, outrage has apparently been given a second life.
This year gave us plenty of topics to discuss, whether they were more lighthearted or serious in nature. Roseanne Barr Ambien-tweeted, Samantha Bee gifted Ivanka Trump with “the c-word,” Pete Davidson mocked a war veteran, and White House officials even mocked John McCain’s terminal battle with cancer.
Oh, and Spirit Airlines found themselves in a scandal involving a flushed hamster. Yes, 2018 gave us a lot. We invite you to look back on all of it, but for now we’ll hook you up with a roundup of the 10 stories that our FOO community found most offensive!
“He is on a 504 plan at the school, so she is aware of it. I don’t know if she thought it was funny but it’s not funny. She’s the teacher. It’s supposed to be a safe place,” Cooper told NBC Connecticut.
“It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope this isn’t what the media is going to choose to focus on…Her goals are to thank law enforcement and social services providers for their hard work,” FLOTUS spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said.
“It is so important to oppose any eugenic efforts against people with Down Syndrome, but this language of speciation/preservation is weird and upsetting.”
“Laura Ingraham just said the detention internment centers are ‘basically summer camps.’ Ahh yes, who else remembers singing kum ba yah, roasting marshmallows, cage living and a friendly game of let’s never see your mommy and daddy again. #boycottlaura“
“Those who have read it know there are some good parts, but overall it is certainly not the finest thing that man has ever produced. It is repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned.”
“You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate in Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie,” the comedian said while laughing. “I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever. Whatever.”
“The Japanese word ‘meiwaku’ (迷惑) appears throughout the comments [on the YouTube video]. The word means ‘bother’ or ‘annoyance.’ As a general societal rule, Japanese people often do as much as they can not to bother or annoy other Japanese people. They do not want to create meiwaku for others.”
“She was scared. I was scared. It was horrifying trying to put her in the toilet… I sat there for a good 10 minutes crying in the stall.”
“Kelly Sadler is the White House aide who mocked John McCain’s terminal condition. May her career be in terminal condition.”
“I have seen many crimes and terrifying scenes, but I’m not ready to [see] this,” he told Global News. The most terrible thing is that guy doesn’t understand absolutely the badness of his behavior.”
Thank you for all the clicks, comments, and votes this year. Bring on more Funny or Offensive conversations in 2019!