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I call Godwin!

Godwin's Law holds that in any conversation on the Internet that gets heated enough, eventually someone on one side of the issue (whatever it may be) will compare the people on the other side to Nazis. As soon as a reference to Nazis comes into play, according to convention, the conversation is deemed to be over and whoever mentioned the Nazis has lost.

I would like to propose that this same rule be applied in the real world, and furthermore, I would like to suggest that Us magazine be declared the world's first losers. Apparently, there's some Hollywood star in some kind of broken, dysfunctional relationship with some guy who cheats on her a lot. And, since she's cute and sexy, he's wrong. (Which he is anyway, but not for that reason, though I digress).

Anyway, we stopped at a truck stop on the way back from Atlanta to Tampa last night, where I found this gem. Us magazine, I hereby invoke Godwin and declare you the loser:


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Apr. 5th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
The Nazi connection is in regards to the woman he apparently cheated on his wife with. She has White Power tattoos apparently and enjoys photo shoots while wearing uniform pieces of Nazi German military uniform. So, not so much a Godwin as the woman appears to have some kind of interest in things Nazi.
Apr. 5th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
Wow. Clearly, I don't pay enough attention to Hollywood celebrities and pop culture.
Apr. 5th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
I only know because I happened to see that same magazine the last time I went to pick up groceries and took a look. I used to watch Monster Garage and I was going to be really annoyed if I'd unknowingly gave some viewership to a Neo-Nazi.
Apr. 6th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
Oh, and a photo of Jesse James surfaced wearing an SS hat, and doing a Heil Hitler.

And the mistress's Facebook lists her favorite books as "Mein Kampf" and "The Turner Diaries".

It's sad when US is just reporting the news, and not following Godwin's Law!

Apr. 6th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, a Godwin would've just been unfortunate and bad reporting; this is just sad and pathetic.
Apr. 8th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
I would contend that you pay exactly the right amount of attention.
Apr. 6th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
Hey, sorry to have missed you at Frolicon. I'll hafta find a better way to get you the golden tickets for the dungeon afterparty next year.
Apr. 6th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
(The Wikipedia page about Godwin's Law, and the one about Godwin, are fascinating. Long after coining Godwin's Law, Mike Godwin was the EFF's first lawyer, according to Wikipedia! Good times.)
Apr. 6th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
There appears to be a simplified US political version of Godwin's law - if you compare any Republican politician's policies to that of a fascist or a Nazi, even if it's your entire point from the start and not the result of an extended argument, you lose credibility forever to anyone on the conservative side of the debate. The converse apparently does not hold true for Democratic politicians.
Apr. 6th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
Oops, forgot to log in before posting that.
Apr. 7th, 2010 05:21 am (UTC)
It's still true for Democrats, but s/Nazi/socialist, communist, etc.
Apr. 6th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC)
Because allegations of Nazism add extra schadenfreude to the culture of celebrity obsession.
Apr. 12th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
Heh, I called Godwin's law on a verbal argument last week. It was a jokey one though, happily. :)
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