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MSNBC’s Chris Hayes ‘Uncomfortable’ With the Word Hero, Conservative Bloggers Uncomfortable With Him [Updated]
|Contributor||Green Pigs |
|Last Edited||Green Pigs May 29, 2012 11:06pm|
|News Date||Monday, May 28, 2012 05:30:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||Last night, mid–Memorial Day Weekend, Chris Hayes attempted to deconstruct the rhetorical and political use of the word "hero" in describing fallen U.S. soldiers, and ended up providing easy fodder for right-wing bloggers who pounced gleefully as soon as the soundbite hit the airwaves. Here's what the MSNBC host said that so riled up the web: |
Why do I feel so uncomfortable about the word 'hero'? I feel uncomfortable about the word hero because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. I don’t want to obviously desecrate or disrespect the memory of anyone that’s fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism, you know, hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers and things like that. But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic. But maybe I’m wrong about that.