Who Smelled What...get a sense of humor!

Yesterday, I found this interesting debate going on in one of the BlogCatalog communities.

It seems that in the Go! Smell the Flowers blog[that's the name of a sub community in BlogCatalog] two of it's contributors quit because they didn't like what was being written in some of the posts by other contributors.

Go! [for short] is a multinational blog created to be uplifting and inspirational. Now, there's thorns rising from some non-rose-like flowers [flowers, that's what they call their members...I think].

It seems that some didn't find this satirical letter too funny. I guess most complaints or negative remarks were from people of the United States.

My thoughts: Where is your sense of humor, people! This is satire! Yes, it's humorous. I love satire, I love sarcasm. Satire and sarcasm are art forms not easily mastered. So, Get over it and give the Brit a hand [clap, clap, clap] it was funny, no, not gut-wrenching-roll-on-the-floor-pee-my-pants funny but, the sides of my mouth lifted towards the ceiling.

Question: Why do people take what's written in an online community to heart? Come on people! Freedom of speech isn't limited to the United States. Isn't Democracy what we Americans are always thumping our chests about? Isn't Democracy the reason why we've spread our military thin, thin like the bald spot Donald Trump hides under that horrendous rug on his head. So, what's the beef!

Laugh a little...right now, start laughing -- are you laughing...I can't h e a r you!

If you want to read more, click the link below.

Go Smell The Flowers! » Go! Reposses the US of A
A Message from John Cleese

To the citizens of the United States of America:

In light of your failure to nominate competent candidates for
President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give
notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately.

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties
over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas, which
she does not fancy).

Your new prime minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a governor for
America without the need for further elections.

Congress and the Senate will be disbanded.

A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of
you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following
rules are introduced with immediate effect:

You should look up ‘revocation’ in the Oxford English Dictionary.

1. Then look up aluminium, and check the pronunciation guide. You will
be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it.

2. The letter ‘U’ will be reinstated in words such as ‘favour’ and
‘neighbour.’ Likewise, you will learn to spell ‘doughnut’ without
skipping half the letters, and the suffix -ize will be replaced by the
suffix -ise.

Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable
levels. (look up ‘vocabulary’).

3. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises
such as ‘like’ and ‘you know’ is an unacceptable and inefficient form
of communication.

There is no such thing as US English. We will let Microsoft know on
your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take
account of the reinstated letter ‘u’ and the elimination of -ize. You
will re-learn your original national anthem, God Save The Queen.

4. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.

5. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns,
lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and
therapists shows that you’re not adult enough to be independent.

Guns should only be handled by adults. If you’re not adult enough to
sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist then
you’re not grown up enough to handle a gun.

You can read more of this at the link posted above.

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8 Thoughts:

GO! Smell the flowers said...

Awesome D and you clearly are a flower smeller,

It's been a rather hectic weeks and reading a post like yours makes it all worth while as we persist in keeping our garden real, as in life, sh*t happens.

We admire your blog and keep your eyes peeled at flowers as there's something coming your way! All perfectly legal.

Finally, next week we'll be launching a world first to find the 2 replacement founders of GO! Smell the flowers....

Its GO!ng to be quite a ride!

Enjoy flower smeller.

Jillian said...

I don't think it was about them not finding it funny. They thought it was funny. The problem, as they saw it was GO! Smell the Flowers is supposed to be a place of inspiration, a place to make people feel good.

And some of the comments, let's just say, weren't conducive to what GSTF supposedly stands for. So they left not because they lacked a sense of humor, but because the attitude in the community no longer left them inspired.

I totally understand where they are coming from.

I don't think it's odd that people get mad over what they read in an online community they are a part of, especially if they are consistently active in it and have made emotional attachments to many other members.

I think the whole thing was taken out of context, the two people that left didn't do so due to be offended.

But either way, the post WAS funny.

And American football players are NOT wusses!

Deborah said...


I understand. I know that GSTF is suppose to be an uplifting community but, my point was, and still, is why take to heart what's written on the internet.

People are people and some can be quite nasty. That's why I don't like anything that walks upright and talks [guffaw!]

Why take opinions and posts so seriously by people you've never seen or probably will never see.

I'm so excited: there's dialog on this blog! YIPEEE!
Yes, you are indeed right, American football players are NOT wusses!

Deborah said...


Thanks so much for stopping by!

I can't wait to see what you've got planned. I just love surprises!

RYK said...

Like one of the comments on that post said "getting offended is the consequence of leaving your house " !!!!!!!!!

GO! Smell the flowers said...

Well Deborah,

Wait no longer - from today you're an honourary flower smeller and the award awaits collection for you at flowers so feel free to wear your badge with pride here and pay if forward to 5 others...

Congrats and welcome to the gang!

Jillian said...

Hey Hey Hey! Congrats to you!

Deborah said...


Thanks so much, I'm honored!

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