Thursday, December 14, 2006
He's No Gentleman
I'm protesting the widespread abuse of the word "gentleman." Newscasters are the worst offenders. To cite a few examples, I heard one just today say something to the effect of, "The gentleman chased the victim into the alley and shot him 5 times." Excuse me, but gentlemen don't chase people down and shoot them.
I hear that misnomer a lot in high-profile cases. I've heard the likes of Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Danny Rolling referred to by news commentators as "gentlemen."
How often have I heard somebody on TV talking about how "the gentleman broke into her house through a rear window, raped her repeatedly, and then strangled her?" Sorry, he was no gentleman and I find that offensive.
News people need to get a clue. Rapists, murderers, robbers, pornographers, child molesters, gangbangers, etc., are not gentlemen. Either refer to them by their given names or call them simply "the man." Or the robber or the killer. When a man of that caliber does what he does, he forfeits any claim to the title "gentleman." Declining to designate every single living male a gentleman is not violating Political Correctness. Get it right. Gentlemen don't rob, rape, or kill.