April 23, 2013

A little conflicted here

[CNN has redacted the name of the author of the e-mail, and upon reflection that seems to be the right thing to do.]

I am not laughing at ___________ for her now-infamous letter to her sorority sisters.  I thought it was a good letter....actually, a very good letter.  Clear.  Direct.  To-the-point.

Miss (may I call you Miss?)...I say, Miss________ has talent.  You say "screechy", I say "hyperbolic".  You say "ranting", I say, well perhaps, but also "verbally gifted".  The letter is not rambling, as this hack claims, it is a well-structured exortation with rhetorical flights that are positively Shakespearian.  That is why Michael Shannon can do so much with it:

This one is great, too.

But I am a little bit surprised at talk of punishing Ms. ______, or even decertifying her chapter. Here is the "shocked and dismayed" non-apology from the higher-ups:
Delta Gamma Fraternity 
You may have either read or heard about the inappropriate email written by one of our Collegiate members that was laced with profanity and directed toward her fellow sisters. While this is not reflective of this chapter or this Fraternity, many gossip sites have published it, shared it and gotten thousands of comments on it.  
We want to make it clear that this letter in no way reflects the values of Delta Gamma as an International Fraternity or our chapter at the University of Maryland. The processes by which Delta Gamma handles member discipline are confidential, but we have a team of women working with the chapter to take all appropriate action including protecting, educating and supporting the chapter members in the aftermath of this event.  
We appreciate all the notes of support, encouragement and offers to help as we work together to foster high ideals of friendship, to promote educational and cultural interests, create a true sense of social responsibility, develop the best qualities of character and to uphold and enforce our values.

And if that doesn't work, they're lawyering up.

But at this point my sympathies are with Miss _________.  Her life experience is so distant from mine that we could probably invoke Nagel's Bat, but...she wrote something honest and brilliant, and now, now she will be punished, and the values of the organization she loves and cherishes will be upheld and ENFORCED upon her.  Secretly.

[UPDATE:  She has resigned.]

I'm not saying she's a good person (not a ton of evidence for that).  But she committed no crime.  Her real crime, her true crime, was saying what she really thought, and saying it so well that it went viral and embarrassed the grown-ups.

People call her deranged or pathetic, but the real derangement, the real pathos, is in the scores of mouth-breathing fucks who have gathered to mock her.  Yes, she did something mean.  She's in college.  What's your excuse?


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