Things got very interesting in our little internet world on the subject of Memorial Day.
Selfishly, I was very relieved to get an e-mail telling me to pig out on red meat and drink a lot of beer and not even think about writing. It’s that time of year when I’m trying to get all the grading I’ve procrastinated on finished up while writing final exams and trying to get the final edition of the student newspaper published and … well, you get it.
From the official Zelda Lily post:
We’re taking a day off from ZL today so we can celebrate the fallen who served us nobly in defending America’s freedom.
Take the day to enjoy, eat lots of over-processed red meat, eat enough corn on the cob to make the next few days, uh, interesting, and indulge in celebrating with friends and family.
The coolest part is that, when one commenter, questioned the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day, another commenter provided the answer. Our audience is just great—they look out for each other and really interact with the site in a (mostly) positive way.
“Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.”
While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime.”
We’re taking the day off around here to enjoy the start of summer. We assume you’re doing the same, and we’re sad for the people (you know who you are) who are spending their day off trolling around a site like this leaving mean comments. Get outside and drink some beer and try saying that shit to someone’s face for a change.
We’ll catch y’all Tuesday.
The comment thread? It really kind of scared me.
The gist of most complaints is that it was disrespectful not to make reference to the true purpose of Memorial Day. I kind of wanted to comment thus: “IT’S A GOSSIP BLOG. YOU COME HERE TO FIND OUT WHO’S GETTING DIVORCED (currently, Al and Tipper Gore … oh, and the Dog Whisperer guy) AND WHICH CELEB GOT CAUGHT WITH DRUGS ON HIM (Chace Crawford). THERE IS AN INTENDED AUDIENCE HERE THAT THE WRITERS ARE ‘SPEAKING’ TO IN A CERTAIN VOICE. WHY DON’T YOU GET OFF THE FUCKING INTERNET AND GO VOLUNTEER AT A VA HOSPITAL? IT WOULD BE MUCH MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN INSULTING PEOPLE ON THE INTERNET!” I didn’t, but I really kind of wanted to.
Anyway, the great Sasha Pasulka, aka, Evil Beet, addressed the issue on her personal blog:
For the record, yes, I’m beyond grateful to the people who fought and died so that I could post whatever the fuck I want to post on the Internet, especially as relates to Memorial Day. I’m also grateful to the young men and women who put their lives on the line every day so that I can have — er — oil, is it? Is it oil still?
Because we’ve got satellites that can catch you reading in the park and read right along with you and we’ve got these computers that can process terabytes of data in fractions of a second, and we have these governments with better cash flow than God and somehow we are still resolving arguments by sending teenagers with guns away from their families and to kill people and be killed.
If these governments were run by women, these kids would never be out there killing each other. It is 2010 and we are still resolving political conflict by murdering our teenagers. Read that again and let it sink in. If you can’t have a happy Memorial Day, at least have a goddamn angry one. You should be angry that we continue to crank out 18-year-old kids that will soon need to be memorialized because we can’t resolve our conflict using the tools we taught those kids, a decade ago, in school.
So, ya know, I’m not going to spend the day somber. I’m going to catch some rays and play with my dog and barbeque and hope that, at some point, we’ll have to provide these soldiers a career alternative because we’re going to sort these messes out by using our words and sharing.
Interesting how these three sites—Evil Beet Gossip, Zelda Lily, and Sasha is a Monster—kind of joined together to make a very interesting statement about how women can and should and do and might respond to a (typically male-focused … although that’s changing) holiday like Memorial Day.