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Campus bullying

October 31, 2013

Mansfield University's students recent singing "Short People got no reason to live!" was an in your face, MU- endorsed, mean-spirited act of bullying on campus! This 1977 cruel song was deemed so......

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joseph

Dec-21-13 1:37 PM

I don't care what Randy Newman was trying to do! What if he used the words "fat people" or "Gay People" or "Black People"? Would"???They would not have sung that song at any presidential event. It was a needless slap in the face of all people that are scrutinized and mocked. Short people already make less money than taller ones. What was so important about singing this song? Do you think and of the singers knew the "deep" meaning Randy had in mind?*****NO! They were just tools of a thoughtless person who had to chose that song.

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MrShaman

Nov-01-13 6:00 AM

"Please!!! The late-'60s/early-'70s were THE response to (what was being "sold" as) "moral standards". "

You need to see:

definition and difference between "response" and "rebellion." - rmiller

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I'm sure that means something...to someone...somehow...

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upeoplercrazy

Oct-31-13 6:38 PM

I am barely 5'1" and I love this song! I grew up in the 70's and can honestly say I was never offended by it. The song wasn't meant to offend. It's just a cute silly song.

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idiottwo

Oct-31-13 4:02 PM

what a baby. Poor thing.

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enoughalready

Oct-31-13 1:19 PM

"Lighten up Francis...." Being vertically challenged myself, I have never found this song offensive (even though it has a much deeper meaning than the lyrics on the surface) Why must everyone take everything so seriously? Oh and Mr DuPont, you may want to investigate what bullying really is.

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enigma

Oct-31-13 12:41 PM

Now if you want to see real bullying set to the tune of "Short People" check out YouTube "Old & Fat People Parody (Short People Song)"

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Jakesmom

Oct-31-13 11:49 AM

Prouddad is so smart! I hope we never go to fussying about bullying so much that we don't understand an anti-bullying song when we hear one!

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rmiller

Oct-31-13 11:08 AM

Hang in there JohnZ, the day isn't over yet.

:)

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rmiller

Oct-31-13 11:07 AM

"Please!!! The late-'60s/early-'70s were THE response to (what was being "sold" as) "moral standards". "

You need to see:

definition and difference between "response" and "rebellion."

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JohnZook

Oct-31-13 11:05 AM

What a terrific day! Three, count them, three LTEs without Sham mentioning T-baggers, Porky Limbaugh, Faux News, ect., ect.!!!! Congratulations Sham!!!

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rmiller

Oct-31-13 11:05 AM

"Very-FEW people (really) "got" Randy Newman. Too-often...TOO-MANY people aren't sophisticated-enough to appreciate absurd-humor. "

We do with you.

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Tgrammiex4

Oct-31-13 10:24 AM

prouddad, you nailed it.

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leaningright

Oct-31-13 10:08 AM

CM Reeder- Have a nice day, not being sarcastic either, I will make an effort to be a nicer person.

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MrShaman

Oct-31-13 8:43 AM

"If a person is so blinded by political correctness that all they can see is offense, then that is all they will see." - enigma

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Agreed....much like racists'/bigots' auto-offense/response to Gil Scott-Heron's "Angel Dust".

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MrShaman

Oct-31-13 8:38 AM

Moral standards have deteriorated since 1978/79. Political correctness has taken it's place." - ToTEXASfromPA

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Please!!! The late-'60s/early-'70s were THE response to (what was being "sold" as) "moral standards".

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See:

Activism: The Legacy of the Hippie Movement in the Sixties

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CMReeder

Oct-31-13 8:32 AM

"This is the USA, get over it or go somewhere else." - leaningright

"Moral standards have deteriorated since 1978/79. Political correctness has taken it's place." - ToTEXASfromPA

You should follow your own advice leaningright.

So apparent Texas you think being a bigot is moral.

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MrShaman

Oct-31-13 8:32 AM

Aw, jeez.....

"...such as "R e d n e c k s"..."

I can't IMAGINE why such a term is verboten/"evil"...locally.

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MrShaman

Oct-31-13 8:28 AM

Like prouddad said....

"Newman interprets the song to be about "prejudice", as was widely thought, but added that it was "about a lunatic". As with many of his songs, such as "********", Newman wrote the song from the point of view of a biased narrator."

See:

Short People [Wikipedia]

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Very-FEW people (really) "got" Randy Newman. Too-often...TOO-MANY people aren't sophisticated-enough to appreciate absurd-humor.

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CMReeder

Oct-31-13 8:25 AM

BTW prouddad your post was very good and wholeheartedly agree with it.

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CMReeder

Oct-31-13 8:23 AM

Ya know Randy Newman is 'short' himself.

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SteelerFan

Oct-31-13 8:20 AM

The LTE writer needs to get a grip. If he wants to be really offended he should try listening to some of the Rap Crap that passes for 'music'.

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prouddad

Oct-31-13 8:11 AM

Not unlike other Randy Newman songs - "********" comes immediately to mind - "Short People" was meant as a satiric condemnation of bigotry. Written in the voice of an idiot, with extreme views that are clearly not to be taken seriously, the lyrics call attention to the absurdity of broad-brush generalizations about ANY group of people - be it ethnicity, gender, age, etc. If the Mansfield musicians truly intended the song as a hateful act, I'd quickly join Mr. DuPont's crusade. Since that's likely not the case, I think I'll keep trying to address the real instances of prejudice and intolerance that are sadly all too prevalent. (And for the record, the proposed state ban never passed muster legislatively.)

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enigma

Oct-31-13 8:07 AM

Joe apparently belongs to the order of the perpetually offended, a group so intent on finding reasons to be offended that they miss the real meaning of everything. This song is not ridiculing short people, it is ridiculing racists. It points out to all but the most dense that height like race is merely a genetic feature and that being a racist is like hating someone just for being short. It was set to a catchy little up-beat tune, so how could anyone mistake it for anything but a light-hearted spoof. I'll tell you how. If a person is so blinded by political correctness that all they can see is offense, then that is all they will see. It was a fun song that made a point that too many missed, so give us a break already.

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leaningright

Oct-31-13 7:53 AM

Some would be offended if they had played the National anthem. This is what our country has come down to. A bunch of sniveling whiners. And i get chastised for saying "love it or leave it". Understand what im saying? Pratice the freedom of leaving this country if you are going to be constantly offended. This is the USA, get over it or go somewhere else.

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rmiller

Oct-31-13 7:51 AM

Ditto on Texas's post!

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