There once was an old saying that was actually full of wisdom and probably kept a lot of people out of trouble. It went like this: “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” That was the polite, Christian way of dealing with people or situations that we, personally, didn’t like or felt were obnoxious.
Of course, this was long before the combination of modern liberalism and social media came on the scene. Now it seems to be all about saying whatever you’re thinking no matter how condescending, irresponsible or hateful it sounds.
Now we have the issue of people losing their jobs and tarnishing their reputations for expressing an opinion in public or on Facebook, Twitter or any one of several social media sites. Especially if it’s politics related.
In this case, the guy was expressing his contempt for a certain segment of his community in the aftermath of the devastation caused by wildfires that burned most of the area’s residents out of their homes. His comments ultimately cost him his job.
From Right Wing News:
On Nov. 29th, Coleman Bonner of Chilton County wrote out a post on his personal Facebook page in regards to the wildfires in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevier County, Tennessee.
In a real scumbag way, Bonner writes:
“Funny story. I was recently in Gatlinburg. Had a terrible time. I felt the place was a cesspool of consumerism and a bastion of the worst aspect of southern culture. Turns out a wildfire just burned most of the town to the ground. Good riddance, Gatlinburg. And good luck you mouth-breathing, toothless, diabetic, cousin-humpin,’ mountain-dew chugging, moon-pie-munchin,’ pall-mall smoking,’, Trump-suckin’ pond scum. (Chuckles and smiles like the smarmy liberal elitist I am.)”
After firing Bonner, his former employer, Express Oil Change and Tire Engineers issued a statement of apology for his remarks.
“We are absolutely disgusted at what was posted, and want to emphasize that a person of this character does not represent who we are as a company. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by the fires throughout the East Tennessee region, along with communities that were affected throughout the Southeast due to the recent drought.”
“We want to offer our sincerest apologies that remarks like this were made, and we were astonished at the lack of care Coleman expressed throughout his comments.”
It appears the wiser path would have been for Bonner to keep his snarky comments to himself but a lot of people are getting persecuted for what they post on Facebook these days and the broader issue may be whether employers should have the right to fire employees who express personal opinions on social media that don’t align with their employer’s.
Source: Right Wing News