Listen Up! This Might Be About You!

Opinions, social media, professionalism, and tolerance are at the forefront of my thoughts today and I just have to vent.

We all have opinions and we express them to our friends and to people we might not even know through social media.  Facebook, I’m looking at you.

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I have two Facebook pages — one personal and one professional.  On my personal page, I share my thoughts, my travels, my family, and so on.  On my work page, I only share weather updates and weather-related stories.

Clearly, some of the 3,550 “friends” I have on my personal page are linked to the wrong page.  It’s taken this divisive election and its aftermath for some to see that.

You clearly need to “like” my professional page if you want my accurate forecasts and updates without my personal opinions!

Let me share some personal things about me:  I love my family, my job, my real friends (in person and online), wine, champagne, vodka, desserts, buffets, and the f-word.

The bottom line is that I’m human and I’m not perfect.  As we all know, I’m not alone.

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Because of my profession, I’ve developed a thick skin over the years, but people can still occasionally get under it.  Trust me, that f-word comes to mind and it does come out. But, because of work and that I’m a “southern gentleman”, I publicly suppress it.

Two days ago, a woman told me I was just as bad as Donald Trump.  Seriously, that makes me want to LOL.  Never in my life have I uttered or even thought, “grab her by the p—y”!!!

For the record, there are very few things that Donald Trump and I have in common:  I’m sure we’re anatomically similar and, in 1993, I used sun-in on my brown hair and instead of getting the desired ginger-color I was going for, my hair turned a shade of orange!  The horror!  The horror!

I guess where we’re most similar is that we both hold grudges — I forgive, but I don’t forget!

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Sorry, I got sidetracked there.

And, then yesterday, I had my own Meryl Streep/post-Golden Globe moment.

A Facebook “friend” posted on my page:  “I think it’s about time that you quit whining also I’ve heard enough of crap I’ve heard enough from you he will be our president like it or not accept it for what it is your complaining is not going to change a thing spend a little more time doing your weather instead of complaining give the man a chance”

Trust me, I didn’t change the incoherent thought process, the run-on sentences, and the lack of punctuation in the post!  (I did highlight for you where he gave me work advice.)

So, let’s clear up some things.  March will mark my seventh year on Facebook.  I only had a personal page then and not a professional page.

If you’re one of those people that sent a friend request because you know me as a television meteorologist, but you don’t want me to have opinions and share them, you have two options: (1) like my professional page where you’ll only find weather and unfriend me on my personal page, or (2) just unfriend me on my personal page.

I don’t send Facebook “friend request” to people.  In the seven years on the site, I can count on two hands the number of people I’ve sent a “friend request” to and they’re “celebrities”.

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I look at Facebook as my online “home”.  Since I’m not a bobble head or a “bubble headed bleached blonde [who] comes on at five”, I’ll continue to share my opinions with people that visit.

If you don’t like what I have to say or you disagree, I allow you to express that diplomatically.  But, when you hijack my page with a long string of comments or are rude to me or my other guests, I definitely don’t want to be your “friend” and I’m more than happy for you to go away!

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With that being said, I want the country to survive the next four years.

However, that doesn’t mean I should keep my thoughts about him or his presidency to myself.  I know you’ve heard the all the things said about President Obama over the past eight years and about Hillary Clinton for the past thirty years!

You can’t have it both ways!

Recently, someone I trust dearly said to me, “For someone who talks tolerance, that wasn’t very tolerant”.

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It got me to thinking and I’ll quickly expand on that.  When I talk “tolerance”, it’s not a wide umbrella that encompasses everything.

For me, it’s human rights and equality.  No one person — regardless of race, sexual orientation, sex, religion or lack of religion, age, financial status, and the list goes on and on — is better than another person.

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There are people that recite passages from that good book about being made in his image and then there’s the document that this country was built on that mentions “all men are created equal”.

Those things may be true, but it doesn’t matter if we don’t extend courtesy to our fellow man.  Basic human rights are what I’m talking about when I speak of “tolerance”. However, I draw the line with ignorance.  That’s not under my umbrella of “tolerance”!

If you’ve made it this far, when you visit my blog or my social media “home”, show that your mother raised a decent child and be diplomatic.

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Just as I can’t wrap my head around the fact that you may have voted for Trump, you’re probably thinking the same thing about me and my love for Hillary Clinton.

I’m a “Hillary flunky” (Trump-ism there) and if that’s too much for you to handle, then grow a pair and just unfriend me.  Or, if I post something you don’t like about #45, then scroll on by the comment and carry on with your day.

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Anthony

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20 responses to this post.

  1. For me , I except You the way you are, and glad You are the way you are. I understand how hard it is sometimes I’ve had to work with the general Public all of my life and have for the most part really enjoyed it but there are times when true ignorance raises its ugly head and you have to wonder if it’s all worth it, but then you take a deep breath and remember that they are in the extreme and the Love and friendship rears its smiling faces and honest and sincere faces and after a deep breath or two you take a sip of that friendship and you remember that YA , IT’S WORTH IT and that the ignorance isn’t worth a place in your memory bank 💚🍀

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    • Hi Richard!

      Friend, it’s a pleasure calling you that. As we both know and you stated perfectly, it can make you wonder at times if it’s worth, but it is. 🙂

      Take care of yourself and Happy New Year!

      AP

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  2. Posted by DogmomDiva on January 11, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Very well said, Anthony! You and I have always had a different outlook when it comes to politics, but I consider touch a friend. You are right, this is your page, if someone doesn’t like what you have to say, scroll in by or unfriend yourself! Have a lovely day!
    Barb

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  3. Perfectly said, Anthony! I always appreciate your honesty and openness on your page. It’s a breath of fresh air in a world of fake. Politically, as with most other topics, we’re on the same page, and it’s always been a cherry on top for me that you’re also a Carter fan. It is human nature to disagree, but it can be done respectfully, and lead to enlightening discussion, and I have a feeling we’re really going to need that for the next (hopefully little) while. There’s no room or time to waste on ignorance!

    Thank you!
    Vicky

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    • Vicki,

      Thank you very much for taking the time to read my thoughts and for sharing yours, as well.

      It’s always nice to have people that agree with you fully. 🙂 And, to be a Jimmy Carter fan, that makes the deal even sweeter. I love my JC and Rosalynn!

      We’re going to need a lot of strength over the next four years. We’ll be there for each other.

      Thank you for your friendship!

      AP

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  4. Posted by Norma Short on January 11, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I am proud to call you my friend and enjoy reading your blogs, hope you will consider me your friend

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    • Norma,

      The feelings are mutual. I am also proud to call you my friend.

      Thank you for always reading my blogs, commenting, and sharing them.

      Have a great rest of the week.

      AP

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  5. Posted by Connie Huizenga on January 11, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Thank you for stating what a lot of us are feeling.

    love + love = courtesy and respect.

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  6. Anthony I have enjoyed your opinions and your way of looking at things! I agree with most but also respect your beliefs. Thank you for having me as a friend!

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  7. Posted by Adelle Stupp on January 11, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    I am a peoples junkie. I love your blogs and look forward to reading them. I don’t always comment on things, i have been burned too many times giving my opinion. Also i refuse ti argue with an unarmed person as some of the trumpeters are so i keep my mouth shut and feel and think and VOTE as I wish. Love you dear man and enjoy your family posts and your travels etc. Just wanted to say Thank you very much for being you!!!!

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    • Adelle,

      I appreciate our friendship and I’m glad we’re there for each other. I’ll always be me, just as you are you. We have to be and there’s no reason to change for anyone!

      Take care and Happy New Year!

      AP

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  8. Posted by Donna Libby on January 11, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    WOW…would you consider telling us how you REALLY feel?! 😊Another great read. I would expect nothing less. Some people (not me) seem to feel that celebrities are not allowed to have a private life or opinions of their own. That just infuriates me! 😡 I enjoy learning all about people that I consider friends. Your travels with Ray, Tammy & Gretel are so much fun to read about. The pictures are beautiful. I almost feel like I am right there with you. To heck with the “hatrers” & keep in mind that there are those of us who “love you just the way you are”.🎤🎤🌞🌛🌤⛈🌩☔️⛄️🙏💕

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    • Donna,

      There’s no other way to be. I’ll always be upfront and honest and if someone has a problem with it, they’re likely the problem!

      I’ll always tell it the way I see it. If I’m wrong, my mind is open enough to listen and look to see if I need to change something.

      I appreciate our friendship, too! Keep being you, as well.

      AP

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  9. You’re awesome Anthony!!! I use the F word a lot too, lately followed by Trump. What our country needs is more love, compassion, and understanding and less hate. Just because others don’t look the same, sound the same, love the same, or worship the same doesn’t mean we should hate/fear them!!! ❤❤❤

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    • Justin,

      Thank you very much for the kind comments.

      We do need more love, compassion, and understanding. I just shiver to think that it really is going to get worse before it gets better.

      Let’s hope for the best!

      AP

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  10. Posted by Jennifer Russell on January 13, 2017 at 4:59 am

    Besides your accurate weather forecasts, I love most about you is how your respect people even if they have a different opinion then you. I hate Trump as well.

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    • Jennifer,

      I appreciate the kind words about my work ethic and me. Thank you. 🙂

      As for Trump, I don’t “hate” too many people, but that may change over the next four years. Let me be clear, I strongly “dislike” some people. 🙂

      Have a great weekend!

      AP

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