The postmodern human – the doggerel

Counterculture or going against the grain of mainstream convention is the misfit’s opium until the conformists jump on the bandwagon and say, ‘This shit’s cool.’ Hell, we don’t want to see the kids who bullied Jeremy emulating him. Fuck! He spoke in class because of you. But that’s the way society functions: People scrambling over each other to reach that top rung of prestige, position, fortune, and status.

Now the word faggot is offensive to gay people, but I’m applying it in a different context. Bigots misunderstand gay people, and despite television trying hard to portray them as human beings with integrity and identity, it’s because of you conformist faggots that they’re mistreated and denied basic human compassion, it’s because of you narrow-minded, a downer goes if it’s cool faggots that Seattle saw the grunge boom and eventual collapse. Yes, like Pearl jam said, This is not for you. It’s because of you stereotyping, stigmatizing, often politically right-wing faggots that we need a grunge revival that addresses cyber-bullying; pretty-picture popularists posting photos in lounge bars with inane statuses, where all of you smile like brainless androids designed for just that look, and trite parading of your career achievements with embellishments.

What’s with you and conformism? Do you need validation for anything you say? A spank on the ass saying, ‘That’s great!’ Increasing dopamine levels and making you play with yourself. It’s sickening really: Your shallow, mundane thinking; your wasted hours spent thinking that a postmodern simulacrum in the form of Facebook is your reality. It’s disgusting that you lack the insight to reach out to people in real life. We live in a world where even charity is an ostentatious cyber display. I did, I did, I did. That’s the credo most of us embrace with narcissism coursing through our veins instead of the blood of togetherness.

So, I ask you the question, ‘Who are you, man? And what did you do? Will your epitaph say something ludicrous like Rasmi, Ph. D. in clinical psychology and post-doctorate in anthropology?’ No, your epitaph is just a block placed over decaying bones, buried in the maggot-ridden ground. You’re nobody – big or small; great or poor, and I think it’s time you realized that and stopped being a faggot who conforms, dancing to society’s pied-piper tune, and following it until it tosses you in the abyss.

So, stop being a mainstream faggot with no sharp train of thought and live and let live. The gays, the mentally ill, the tortured romantics, the loners, the wanderers and the misfits – these are the people who make a difference. These are people gifted with innate ability to see beyond the mundane. They know the deepest pain, and they deserve your respect. And if you’re not human enough to do that, stop saying, ‘I listened to this band called Incubus yesterday babe, and they’re so rad!’ It’s offensive you faggot. It really is.

© Nitin Lalit Murali (2018)

You’ll find more of Nitin’s work at Fighting the dying light

6 Comments Add yours

  1. lunarpoet says:

    I liked this text. The raw anger and passion. Now comes the but: being a faggot myself I’m not sure how I feel about you using this word in this context. I understand where you are coming from, yet you charge this word with even more negative emotion and connotation, which is unfortunate to say the least. Even the pretext where you described that you are using it differently doesn’t change the fact how it is used everyday.
    Stil, the text is great, just this gave me pause.

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    1. Nitin says:

      You may be gay but you’ll never be a faggot. That’s a line I got from watching the movie Moonlight and one of the streams of thought running through my head as I wrote this. When I was in school I was called gay and bullied and in college I was ostracised and made fun of and called gay by people who ‘stand up’ for gay rights and then say things like he’s so gay. It’s the hypocrisy that got me all riled up. I understand that people use it, charging it with so much hate when all a gay couple is doing is fighting for freedom and leading their lives, not bothering anyone. I just thought I’d flip the word and give the haters a little dose of their own hate. And don’t get me started on the hypocrites. But, having said, I truly and deeply apologise if I offended you in any way. I consider you a friend, like you as a person, and I’m not one of those hypocrites who’ll post a picture on FB of pride and then stereotype people based on the way they dress or talk as gay. I may not understand your struggle but being bipolar I’ve seen my own share of stigma and stereotyping. I want to give people who’re oppressed a voice, regardless if they’re gay, mentally ill or misfits or loners and so, the emotion charged text. But your words got me thinking and I’ll definitely give a rant much more thought in the future before posting it. And thank you for the comment. I really appreciate it.

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      1. lunarpoet says:

        As I said, I understand where you are coming from. I think gay men can reclaim words like faggot, sissy etc. The problem is not you, using the word quite deliberately in a literary text but the everyday use, you also described. So for me being called gay as if I said to a cow “You are a cow.” I usually try to explain to people how it makes no sense calling something (!) or somebody gay. It is simply not an insult anymore. The word faggot is something else. And again, don’t worry, I am not offended and I’m so much with you on giving oppressed or stigmatized people a voice. If anything I was made aware of my own use of language. I try my best to avoid misogynistic swear words and try to replace them with rather neutral ones for example using anus or asshole for someone instead of calling them the c-word. But I’m not some language police going around, lecturing people… just as I said, it gives me pause sometimes. So, keep on writing and keep on staying furious my friend!

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  2. Dear Nitin, this is brilliant piece. Here’s an example of art not fitting like a favorite sweater. I prefer that, it’s not easily forgotten and it inspires thought. I like your use of figurative language and the sardonic derogatory descriptor to call out, turn the table, and put the shoe on the other foot of the offenders. With all content like this I don’t think it matters what descriptor is used, there will always be someone that’s offended and misunderstands the intent of the artist. This is nothing new, the famous well-known controversial poem, “Daddy”, by Sylvia Plath comes to mind. Should we be offended as she portrays herself metaphorically as a Jewish victim of the Holocaust? I can hear it now, “that’s not the same thing.” It is the same thing. We as a collective people should be offended when words are used with the specific intent to be hurtful and cruel, yet does any one group have a monopoly on mean spirited verbal attacks? Does political correctness go too far in suggesting certain words can’t be used in any other context in order to make a statement? If so, does this become a form of censorship? Does this erode and lessen the power of the words and the artist? Does this also suggest that all forms of art must follow the rules created by the conformists? I believe if we are shaken to “take pause”, that’s a good thing, art is not always comfortable, either is the truth. Thank you for a thought provoking work. ~ Mia

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    1. Nitin says:

      Dear Mia,

      You’re right when you say that there’ll always be someone who is offended by the content of a piece even if it isn’t written to offend but to make a point. Daddy is a great example and yes, some people are bound to say that it’s not the same thing. But like you said, this piece and many other controversial ones aren’t mean-spirited attacks with an intent to be cruel. They’re meant to provoke thought. And I wouldn’t censor pieces like this no matter what. I took a word and used it against people who use the word mean-spiritedly. I don’t think we should conform to anybody’s rules. There are times when I’ve been in feuds on WP where I have used offensive language, but I don’t feel guilty because I had to get a stalker or someone with misconstrued ideas to shut up. Thank you for saying that art is not comfortable. It definitely isn’t. And thank you for all the support – Nitin

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      1. Dear Nitin, thank you for a wonderful reply, and you’re most welcome.

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