Sarah Mosley on politicial corectness

July 30th, 2011 at 11:03 am by David Farrar

The ODT ran this column from Year 13 student :

Political correctness. Is it a well-meaning initiative, or an attempt to undermine our laid-back way of life?

No more can we have policemen and firemen. We must be non-gender specific, and don’t even think about mentioning religion or race. The world is going into PC overdrive. …

Political correctness in New Zealand is on a smaller scale compared to the madness in the United Kingdom. A chief constable refused to release pictures of two escaped murderers because it might breach their privacy. What about the victim?

New Zealand hasn’t completely escaped though. The PC fog is sneaking down the country.

Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital has removed the crucifix from the hospital’s chapel, oh, sorry, I mean the spiritual centre. How much comfort will patients or visitors find in an empty room, devoid of any of the religious symbols that they have come to expect? …

The Eskimo lolly is one of our country’s favourites. Last year, there was a lot of publicity about them. The large majority of us have all eaten at least one, if not 50. Apparently that makes us cannibalistic, Inuit-hating people. Get real. Most of the time they’re processed so badly that you can’t tell what they are anyway.  …

Political correctness is a crazy plan to stop human beings doing what we were designed to do – think for ourselves.

To stop this dangerous trend we need to stand up for what we believe in and think for ourselves. Keep a sense of humour and stop small-minded people ruining our lives.

These PC trends are sneaking in all over the world. Society is at risk of being destroyed. We need to unite, burn those risk management plans, buy a big bag of Eskimos, and take responsibility for our own actions.

Hear hear. Well said Sarah.

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53 Responses to “Sarah Mosley on politicial corectness”

  1. Michael (910 comments) says:

    The children are our future! And this is a good sign.

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  2. Paulus (2,659 comments) says:

    How good it is to hear an intelligent analysis from obviously one of our best and brightest. Good luck to her.

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  3. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    Here Here.. I would be with Sarah’s 100% of the way… but Eskimos are bad for my health and I have to take responsibility.

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  4. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,914 comments) says:

    I never liked Eskimos. Musta been the smell of the whale oil.

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  5. JiveKitty (778 comments) says:

    I’m a little surprised this was posted because it adds so little, but I suppose it does fit with certain themes of this blog, and most of us like it when we read pieces which confirm our biases regardless of the quality of what we are reading, to a degree.

    It’s a poor piece of writing. There’s little to no analysis. It’s primarily a list of negative examples of a concept she doesn’t bother to define. She also fails to explain why it’s bad when its principles are put into in practice. Both of these should be easy enough to do and would make it a far more compelling piece.

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  6. Steve (4,587 comments) says:

    Get that girl a DB

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  7. Longknives (4,865 comments) says:

    I think the Licorice Allsort should be next to go- with it’s bright, pastel colours and overtly flamboyant packaging it is clearly a blatant dig at the gay community..

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  8. CHFR (234 comments) says:

    This does give hope for the future and just shows that as much as the PC brigade don’t like it we do have the capacity and desire to think for ourselves.

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  9. Griff (8,165 comments) says:

    gollywog anyone

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  10. MT_Tinman (3,255 comments) says:

    but Eskimos are bad for my health and I have to take responsibility.

    How dare you even consider taking responsibility – for anything.

    The last government made this form of action illegal and undesirable.

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  11. Elaycee (4,403 comments) says:

    I think we will hear more from Sarah Mosley. It is refreshing that we have year 13 students who have not been indoctrinated by the force fed PC crap we had to endure during the decade of permanent winter.

    This article suggests that her parental guidance is intact and that her education has been balanced.

    Well done Sarah. :)

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  12. Griff (8,165 comments) says:

    A friends lad was disciplined at an east Auckland school for writing a essay on the treaty that was not concurrent with the present interpretations. He is in no way right wing his parents both of whom are greens had to go to the school and remonstrate with the teacher involved to have said discipline removed. PC

    “To stop this dangerous trend we need to stand up for what we believe in and think for ourselves. Keep a sense of humor and stop small-minded people ruining our lives”.

    This from one so inexperienced in life was Genius

    Hope Sarah Mosley achieves higher education Maybe one day a PM to wipe the foul taste of the Clarkenfuhrer from our mouths

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  13. Elaycee (4,403 comments) says:

    “…wipe the foul taste of the Clarkenfuhrer from our mouths..”

    :P

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  14. Viking2 (11,561 comments) says:

    Adolf Fiinkensein (2,059) Says:
    July 30th, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I never liked Eskimos. Musta been the smell of the whale oil.

    That is good. sorry whale but it is funny. Adolf would have got it from his mates and your ex mates at party HQ.

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  15. starboard (2,549 comments) says:

    aw geeze Dave..was it something I said ?

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  16. Fletch (6,487 comments) says:

    Political Correctness is actually another term for Cultural Marxism, and it all stems from the infamous Frankfurt School in the 1920s. They turned to cultural Marxism when economic Marxism didn’t work. It was imported into Universities in the US by Professor Herbert Marcuse and his ilk. The thing they pushed is ‘Critical Theory’, which means basically to criticise everything and to try and tear down the current system. Marcuse was one of the drivers of the so-called protest movement in the 1960s and the push for free love etc….

    More on what Political Correctness is here –

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  17. starboard (2,549 comments) says:

    ..and dont forget those gaytime ice cream cones Longknives…what were they thinking?

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  18. TripeWryter (716 comments) says:

    Clearly something has gone wrong with the upbringing and teaching of Sarah.

    She should not be thinking like this.

    Jivekitty’s post exactly sums up the mindset this young woman appears to be rebelling against.

    Sarah is showing too much of a propensity for independent thinking.

    Her teachers and her parents should be sent to a period of hard labour in the cold, hard, upper reaches of the Awatere Valley, where in the cold snows they must be made to reflect on their failure to correct Sarah’s thought-crimes.

    They should not be allowed to return until they have demonstrated heartfelt, heart-broken repentance for allowing Sarah’s thinking to flower into something bright and independent.

    But there are others who must be wondering: after 30 years of trying to impose their political and idealogical correctitudes on the rest of us, there occasionally are those such as Sarah who will not be cowed.

    You cannot control people’s thinking and attitudes — no matter how ‘enlightened’ they might seem — forever. People will always question, will always challenge, will even persuade others to believe as they do. That’s democracy.

    It’s when those thoughts become the ‘new orthodoxy’ that people MUST believe and must not be allowed to challenge, then that’s when you get a form of intellectual terrorism. Because you’re trying to control people.

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  19. Scott Chris (6,176 comments) says:

    Political correctness is a function of a pluralistic democracy. Get used to it.

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  20. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    How has she managed to escape the brainwashing that passes for education in this country? She is doing a very dangerous thing; thinking for herself in this Orwellian society.
    Fletch..what about Gramsky and the Spanish socialists..their export to the US..Columbia Uni. I thought he was the one who wanted to make what was unimportant important and vice versa..I am sure your history is much better than mine. Whoever dreamed up the madness has had a lot of success. The goal is the silencing of any opposing view. Every time we are silent , we add to their success. Socialism suffers no opposition as anyone who has ever tried to put a different view on Red Alert will tell you. Mallard and co were born to censor.

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  21. Fletch (6,487 comments) says:

    Also a much more easy to watch/understand version here –

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  22. transmogrifier (522 comments) says:

    I agree with the general reaction against the blanding of our culture in order to not offend anyone. I think it is ridiculous and counter-productive to a healthy, tolerant society – all it does is reward those who can find offence in every little thing and perpetuates the culture of victimhood. It’s maddening, actually, and a total waste of fucking time.

    However, I can’t help but notice that a lot of people blame PC for not getting away with personally ridiculing others in public or to their faces. Take the support for Paul Henry – the mustache lady, Dikshit and our Governor-General. All of his comments were unprofessional given his job, and he rightly got negative feedback for it. Hell, we teach our kids it is rude to point and stare on one hand, and then get upset that a grown man who is supposed to be professionally interviewing someone over an issue worthy of debate (depending on your point of view, I guess) is not allowed to giggle like a schoolgirl and make fun of her appearance on live TV. It’s simple rudeness and a lack of respect that I see infecting the younger generation more and more each year. Now, I have no problem with saying whatever the hell you like when you’re with a group of friends, or behind closed doors, or whatever. No-one gives a fuck and nor should they. But how about learning to give respect to strangers until they prove themselves to be arseholes undeserving of it – rather than because they look unusual.

    And that is NOT a PC matter at all, but some people like to lump the two together, which I never understand.

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  23. Elaycee (4,403 comments) says:

    “Political correctness is a function of a pluralistic democracy. Get used to it.”

    Bollocks. It is the by-product of a socialist state hell bent on doing all of the thinking on behalf of the population. Get it right.

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  24. Gulag1917 (984 comments) says:

    The PC extremists are by far in the minority. Must be hard for them living in a democracy.

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  25. Griff (8,165 comments) says:

    @Elaycee
    I would delete by-product and insert propaganda

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  26. Scott Chris (6,176 comments) says:

    @transmogrifier

    I agree with you about Paul Henry, in fact I’d go further and say his remarks about Anand Satyanand were plain racist, but the standards you aspire to uphold still amount to your version of political correctness.

    I think it comes down to the relationship between morality and cultural relativity. For example, Abe Lincoln is lionized as the great emancipator, and rightly so, but this is what he had to say on the subject of superiority:

    “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, [applause]—that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will for ever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality.”

    @Elaycee: You’re saying what I said, but couched in your own terms of reference.

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  27. nickb (3,696 comments) says:

    I take is Sarah isn’t a National voter.

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  28. holysheet (424 comments) says:

    What are the chances of JiveKitty being a school teacher?

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  29. mikenmild (11,664 comments) says:

    Because of her ability to sum up the weaknesses in the essay?

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  30. Viking2 (11,561 comments) says:

    transmogrifier (397) Says:
    July 30th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    However, I can’t help but notice that a lot of people blame PC for not getting away with personally ridiculing others in public or to their faces. Take the support for Paul Henry – the mustache lady, Dikshit and our Governor-General. All of his comments were unprofessional given his job, and he rightly got negative feedback for it. Hell, we teach our kids it is rude to point and stare on one hand, and then get upset that a grown man who is supposed to be professionally interviewing someone over an issue worthy of debate (depending on your point of view, I guess) is not allowed to giggle like a schoolgirl and make fun of her appearance on live TV.

    ” It’s simple rudeness and a lack of respect that I see infecting the younger generation more and more each year.”

    Really, what a hypocrite. You have just hoist yourself by your own petard.
    I actually find very few issues with the young. Indeed I would prefer to work with them than you biased, judgmental fogies. You forget from whence you came and then turn on your offspring.
    How stupid.

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  31. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    Hear hear. Well said Sarah.

    As JiveKitty remarked, no surprises there on a site that nurtures racists, Islamophobes, white supremacists and economic illiterates whose concept of microeconomics is golden showers for the great unwashed (“trickle down,” for the truly ignorant)

    In fact, one could say DPF would be inclined to find favour in such immature thoughts, given his postings here, there and everywhere to which JiveKitty’s accurate, but kind, criticisms of Sarah’s writing could be equally applied.

    But do we really want to go back to the days when we routinely called people darker than yellow niggers?

    When we called people with disabilities cripples? (I actually object to the term “disabled people” because, although they may have a disability, they are not disabled as people. A fine distinction, I admit).

    Is the term “kikes” still acceptable? Never was to me, once I found out its meaning, but perhaps that’s why so many here dump on me. I’ve always been PC inclined.

    To me, PC simply means considering the feelings and aspirations of others, and is especially important when the “others” are not of the mainstream.

    Simple, really.

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  32. Other_Andy (2,676 comments) says:

    @Luc Hansen

    “But do we really want to go back to the days when we routinely called people darker than yellow niggers?”

    And those are the only choices we have?
    By the way, islamophobia is a made-up word.

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  33. reid (16,632 comments) says:

    But do we really want to go back to the days when we routinely called people darker than yellow niggers?

    Well I do, Luc. Those were the days, when men were men and women stayed out of our fun and games. None of this metrosexual crap then, was there. So yes, to answer your question.

    To me, PC simply means considering the feelings and aspirations of others, and is especially important when the “others” are not of the mainstream.

    Luc what’s especially important when “the “others” aren’t of the mainstream” is to tease and bully them until they are, or until they crash and burn. One of the two. Don’t you know anything?

    Crikey.

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  34. Other_Andy (2,676 comments) says:

    @Luc

    And before you start.
    Yes, I am a neolexiaphobic (Although I don’t mind Dr. Seuss)

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  35. Scott Chris (6,176 comments) says:

    @Luc Hansen (2,924) Says:
    July 30th, 2011 at 6:37 pm
    Hear hear. Well said Sarah.

    “As JiveKitty remarked, no surprises there on a site that nurtures racists, Islamophobes, white supremacists and economic illiterates whose concept of microeconomics is golden showers for the great unwashed (“trickle down,” for the truly ignorant)”

    Nurture? I don’t think so. Comments on this site are (commendably) unmodified.

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  36. TripeWryter (716 comments) says:

    To Luc Hansen:

    I have a child who is lame. There is no other word to describe it. She’s not ‘disabled’. She’s been able to live a normal life, as much as her condition allows. That’s how she was brought up.

    What has always offended her, and me, have been efforts by some people — you’d know the sort, because they express the same views as yours — that somehow the language must be modified so that the same thing is expressed differently. A teacher at her school, without asking me or her, decided that she would talk to the other girls in the class and get them to refer to my daughter as ‘differently abled’.

    I have never heard anyone in this country call a Jew a Kike. I had never heard of the world until 1969, when I read it in the Leon Uris novel ‘Mila 18′.

    “To me, PC simply means considering the feelings and aspirations of others, and is especially important when the “others” are not of the mainstream.”

    I suppose I should applaud your good intentions, Luc.

    In some ways, my family and I have often not been in the mainstream. We would prefer to do without your consideration of our feelings and aspirations. Your consideration reeks of condescension. Thanks all the same.

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  37. transmogrifier (522 comments) says:

    @Viking2

    I teach at a decile 5 high school. Go and do the same thing and then come back with something other than meaningless personal slurs that you try to pass off as reasoned debate.

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  38. Fletch (6,487 comments) says:

    The simple fact is is that truth is the new hate speech

    You can’t call a spade a spade anymore – it’s an implement for removing soil (and yes, I’m just being facetious).
    But still…
    We’re so afraid of offending anyone that we won’t stand up for what we believe in.

    How many here know that another AWOL soldier was close to attacking Fort Hood again? And that he is a Muslim?
    But no, we mustn’t offend Muslims. Heck, the White House still won’t admit the first Fort Hood terror attack was by a Muslim.

    STORY

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  39. mikenmild (11,664 comments) says:

    Well, Fletch, that story was actually quite widely reported. So what?

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  40. CharlieBrown (1,027 comments) says:

    No-one knows exactly what ended the roman empire, but I wonder if it was extreme complacency ie, neglecting its defense force, and extreme political correctness.

    Political correctness, if allowed to go unchecked, will end our way of life.

    Griff – if your friend was a green supporter, then you must laugh at the irony of having political correctness bite them in the bum – you don’t get a more politically correct bunch of morons than the greens.

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  41. mikenmild (11,664 comments) says:

    Charlie

    Extreme political correctness ended the Roman Empire?

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  42. questlove (242 comments) says:

    The ACT Party looking for quality women candidates. They should recruit this teen girl before real life-experience and tertiary education mature her outlook.

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  43. Spiritfree (79 comments) says:

    Isn’t the problem in NZ more one of an over-riding MPC, not PC?

    Griff wrote: A friends lad was disciplined at an east Auckland school for writing a essay on the treaty that was not concurrent with the present interpretations. He is in no way right wing his parents both of whom are greens had to go to the school and remonstrate with the teacher involved to have said discipline removed. PC

    Gulag wrote: The PC extremists are by far in the minority. Must be hard for them living in a democracy.

    Sadly the MPC extremists are not ‘by far in the minority’ in New Zealand. It’s one big reason why so many leave for Aussie. Maori included.

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  44. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    PC is a tool of socialism/communism. It was devised by these people as a way of controlling people and silencing people..It has nothing to do with not offending people; it is political WEAPON and should be seen as such. Communism does not allow any personal freedom. Every PC stunt is an attack on our freedom.

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  45. Ryan Sproull (7,261 comments) says:

    The ACT Party looking for quality women candidates. They should recruit this teen girl before real life-experience and tertiary education mature her outlook.

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  46. JiveKitty (778 comments) says:

    @holysheet: Nil.

    @TripeWryter: Nice non-sequitur. Reading and comprehension not a strong suit? I took a position on the quality of the argument demonstrated by her, not a position on political correctness.

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  47. John Ansell (874 comments) says:

    Luc, one of my great-grandfathers was Jewish, so I consider it well within my rights to express my horror at your use of the word “kikes” to describe my people (as I like to call them for compensation purposes).

    I insist that you stick to one of the approved epithets, “Yid”, “Hebe” or “Red Sea Pedestrian”.

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  48. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    It’s everyone’s right (in the US it would be covered by the first amendment) to freedom of speech. It is my view that that right includes the right to offend. However if you offend somebody you should also accept the consequences of doing so – such as losing your job in the case of Paul Henry.

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  49. jimmystewart (1 comment) says:

    This is the most devastatingly unoriginal and tedious piece of writing I think I’ve ever read. Worse than any Herald editorial. “PC Gone Mad” is getting a bit old by now surely?

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  50. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    That’s exactly what they want you to think Jimmy. To think otherwise is against The Narrative.

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  51. ross (1,437 comments) says:

    > But do we really want to go back to the days when we routinely called people darker than yellow niggers?

    No, we don’t but I do pine for the days when I could go into a dairy and ask the Indian guy behind the counter for some black balls. They sure did taste good…

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  52. willtruth (243 comments) says:

    The “PC gone mad” syndrome is hardly a pervasive problem though. Not worth the frenzy many people work themselves into when they cite the latest isolated example. The article dredges up:
    – a four year old example of a lone overzealous UK constable;
    – some people being silly about iceblocks (remember nothing was ever banned there)
    – a hospital removing a religious symbol (I suppose this is the most serious, but remember this was not the law, it was the hospital’s decision. Personally I’m glad that they no longer have a taxpayer-funded room devoted to one particular ancient superstition. If we’re going to fund superstition with our tax dollars at least try and cater for all the superstitious taxpayers).
    If it was the law that was forcing crazy things to happen then we really would have a problem. But it hardly ever is. Take the murderers example. Is this a problem with the UK data protection laws? No, they are perfectly reasonable. The Lord Chancellor of the then Labour UK government criticised the actions of the constable, and the Information Commissioner’s Office said there was no reason under the law not to release the images.

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  53. Louise17 (1 comment) says:

    People, stop having a nut! Sarah is only 17 and is expressing her opinion, in a funny way. @Jivekitty it’s a column, not some fancy report, a column is just to express an opinion, no need to try and be a hard out. @TypeWryter there was absolutely nothing wrong about Sarah’s upbringing, we have been friends since we were like 10 and she’s a happy, well liked, opinionated person, which is an awesome thing. Do you really want our generation to grow up as boring old people who tip toe around people so as not to “Upset them”? Most of the people who are commenting on this, I would say you’re, what, 30 years or older? Well when you were brought up nothing was this politically correct and you turned out to be decent people, right? What Sarah wrote was funny and true, so stop having a go at her just for expressing her opinion, because isn’t that what you are doing right now?

    SARAH YOU ROCK :)

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