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.
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.
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!
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”.
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!
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”.
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.
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.
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.