Sunday, August 21, 2011

"I developed this overwhelming compulsion to put on black-face, drop to my knees and sing Mammy!"

My doctor prescribed a drug called Mobic to help alleviate swelling and tenderness in my knees. Inasmuch as the drug belongs to the highly suspect Vioxx class, I began investigating side effects. Although many of those side effects, albeit not unexpected, are sobering (sudden death due to heart attack would tend to fall in that category), I had to laugh my ass off when I came across the woman who claimed that after taking the drug, she experienced "minstrel issues." Click the link above and scroll down to the comment titled "Barbarasays." It's currently third, as I view the page.

How can a woman reach the age of menstruation and not know how to spell it? Another fine testament to the American educational system...or the American educational ethic...?

12 comments:

a/good/lysstener said...

Maybe it means her menstrual flow is unusually dark?

RevRon's Rants said...

What a hoot! The really scary part is that people like the woman with "minstrel" issues are actually allowed to vote and ... gasp!... breed!

Much as I hate to say it, she could very well be a product of the education system here in Texas.

Steve Salerno said...

Alyssa: Wow.

Ron: I wonder if she has ever attended a menstrual show?

Anonymous said...

Finally you reveal yourself as the racist you are!

Steve Salerno said...

Racist? What's racist? I suspect that what's going on here is that my anonymous critic never heard of Al Jolson (pictured in the post), and does not know that Jolson would put on black-face, get down on his knees and sing Mammy. So he or she therefore assumes that this whole black-face/minstrel/Mammy thing is a creation of mine. Because other than that, I don't see how this could be construed as racist. Which goes to prove my point: Bone up on your cultural literacy (and other kinds) before you start attacking people based on references you don't get.

roger o'keefe said...

One thing I can tell you Anon is that racist the man is not. His politics may be all wrong but he is not a racist. ;=)

Jason said...

LOLZ!

renee said...

I'm not at all surprised by this.

Given the research I've read from Kimberly Clark, women (and girls) are spectacularly uninformed and mystified about their own bodies.

http://reneeaj.blogspot.com/2011/07/pantyliner-just-for-you-and-you-and-you.html

I guarantee you many know more details about the Kardashian wedding than they do about their own cycles.

RevRon's Rants said...
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RevRon's Rants said...

Methinks our favorite visitor has some minstrel issues of her own.


And Alyssa, you've actually managed to present a visual sufficiently... evocative to distract us from your profile pic. :-)

Voltaire said...

Actually I can see how easy it is to mix up and leave a few letters out of "menstrual" and end up with "minstral". That being said, this certainly is a funny mistake. I guess I should be glad she didn't have problems with comedians because then I would died laughing.

Anonymous said...

I can remember back in the halycon but politically incorrect sixties on New Zealand TV we used to watch a British program called "The Black and White Minstrel Show." There is a clip on youtube if you would like to see how dreadful it was.