At what point does a tactless thought actually become a crime? I’ve never been a big fan of hate crime legislation. Not because I love to dream racist, homophobic, or misogynist scenarios but because I believe that curbing such thought should be done through education and the occasional public flogging as opposed to legislation.
But is tact a qualifier of whether or not something is hate speech? Let us hope not.
For instance, there’s a sick little bastard in me that would probably enjoy Justin Bieber being repeatedly kicked in the shin or held down while someone tattooed “KICK ME” on his forehead. Though it’s probably not worth it to put it on his forehead because no one could see it with his combination Twiggy/Donny Osmond haircut. Now, I’m not calling for it to happen or putting out a bounty or anything but still…
Then there’s Snooki.
I’ve decided I’ve wanted a Snooki bobblehead for Xmas. Doesn’t have to be her real head. It can be plastic if that’s easier and within the laws of your nation.