A Call To Action, A Narrative and An Inquisition
A Voice For DogdomÂ
Fan Says: Time for “Laying Low” is OverÂ
Dog the Bounty Hunter has many fans. They find a champion to present their case in the form of Ms. K., the author. DBKP had this and it got caught in our “Dog Lays Low Weekend”.
The weekend’s now over, and we can uncork this story. K. Gilreath lays out every known Dog argument–and a few we hadn’t heard before–as she examines the “Dog Issue” from every conceivable angle.
Part rant, part inquisition, and part legal document in the court of public opinion, it provides a narrative of sorts for the discerning Dog aficionado. We present it largely in it’s original form, to preserve its “flavor”.
It first appeared in Hawaii Reporter.
It now appears here.
Now that the furor’s died down some, I feel more comfortable making some observations about Duane “Dog” Chapman’s situation. Just like puzzling a Rubix Cube, puzzling this one out is frustrating.
Let’s start at the start:
The National Enquirer released a 2-minute version of Dog Chapman’s phone convo with his son Tucker. Labeling it a “racist tirade.” Later on, they released a 5-minute or so version of it. I haven’t been treated to the “long” or “full” 8-minute version I’m told is out there, and I don’t want to be. Because it’s yet another version.
Websters Dictionary defines the word version as follows:
Version- n. *1: Translation. *2: An account or description from a particular point of view especially as contrasted with another. *3: A form or variant of a type or original.
I’d say definitions 2 and 3 both apply here to what’s been offered as proof of racism. With definition 1 being reserved for the court of public opinion.
So Dog Chapman apologizes same day and starts down the road to taking his lumps. Starting with A&E pulling his show entirely until further notice. Over a private conversation, labeled with the inflammatory phrase ‘racist tirade’ and released in versions to the public by National Enquirer.
I don’t condone the use of the word “N” word. I’d be a hypocrite to say I’ve never used a slur, or used it in anger. I defy others to claim that they, in the heat of anger or frustration, haven’t used a racial slur, sexist slur, or foul word pertaining to an individual or a group. Whether you realized it or not.
In a court of law, an edited tape, or a ‘version’ wouldn’t get anywhere near a jury. Yet in the court of public opinion, an edited tape plus an inflammatory label is all it takes to pass judgment. Just like the song, this is all some dirty laundry too isn’t it? And the National Enquirer has been dishing the ‘dirt’ by the shovelful. After all, they proved it once right?
And that’s not all.
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