God in the Machine

Literally "God in the machine", Deus Ex Machina originally referred to Greek plays, where the "gods" would be lowered onto the stage with ropes in order to provide a quick resolution to the story. Today, Deus Ex Machina refers to any improbably and/or overly convenient character or mechanism that comes out of nowhere and saves the character(s).

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"I don't get it, Big Dan..." -George Clooney in O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Me racist long time...

So, Bill Parcells apologized for a racial slur. Imagine that, an insensitive guy from the world of athletics. Shocking.

Still, while slurs will never be allowable and should, with all diligence, be pointed out and thrown on front pages, the greater crime here is Parcells' criminal stupidity.

Every year, we have three or four incidents like this (usually gay-bashing), where an athlete in an interview situation says something he comes to regret later.

Now, c'mon.

They KNOW the cameras are on, or the microphones, or the tape players. Didn't the John Rocker nonsense sink in at all? They KNOW the person they're talking to is a reporter. They've seen the repercussions in the lives of others who have said what they meant. Even if you're grand dragon of the KKK, you have to know when to keep your mouth shut, yes? And, to make it worse, Parcells is a coach, hailed by most football fans as a "genius."

Camera on.
Mouth open.

Nice work, genius.

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