Justified & Ancient
- Jan 22, 2016
Perhaps by some. As a kid I spotted the left/right "difference" right away and remember it being rather stupid and heavy-handed at the same time. Of course, the poor production values of that episode, including unnecessary rapid zoom in-and-out to create tension, didn't help.It was about as subtle as a pickaxe but was considered a radical story and script at the time.
And yet we worry so much these days about the words, and not the intent of the speaker. It seems all society is in Lincoln's uncomfortable position, worried that we will suffer the consequences of insulting somebody when we have no intent to do so. Personally, I prefer Lenny Bruce's take on racial epithets, even as I do "watch my language" to avoid hurting anyone. If you disagree with me - and you are more than welcome to have that opinion - or otherwise don't like to hear "bad words", don't listen. (The audio is better in the dramatized version that comes after.)I remember Lincoln apologising for using the word, and Uhura responding that humanity has outgrown being afraid of words.