I don’t usually laugh at most people’s misfortune. Â OK, that’s a lie – I do. Â But I don’t usually laugh with such glee!
Jack Thompson has been disbarred. Â Ok, if you don’t know who Jack Thompson is, then you might find this a little less funny. Â Lemmie give you the highlights…Â
Jack Thompson decided there was a link between video game violence and real world teen violence. Â Except that whole bit where some studies show there isn’t a link. Â At all. Â I have no problem with his belief though – I have a belief there isn’t a link, and some studies show that I’m probably right. Â But who knows – maybe it’s a delayed effect, and when this current generation of gamers turns 60, they’ll all be mass murderers because of Grand Theft Auto XXVI: Â Old Age Home. Â The long term sociological effects won’t really be know for quite a while.
So the belief is just a belief of his. Â Can’t fault him there.
But what he’s done with that belief… wow. Â Let’s see… he sent a letter to the exec of Take Two Interactive’s mom. Â Comparing him to the Hitler Youth. Â No, I’m not fucking kidding there. Â Anytime there’s a shooting of an officer or done by a teen, he likes to blame it on video games (Grand Theft Auto is his favorite to take on.)
I wouldn’t laugh at it if it was just a couple of cases. Â But it happens over and over. Â He’s… a fanatic. Â Really, that’s what he is in my opinion, just another fanatic. Â
In one of those rare moments, justice has been served. Â Jack Thompson was disbarred for life (ok, actually, the disbarment won’t occur for a couple of weeks yet, but the verdict was rendered. Â They gave him 30 days to tie up loose ends.) Â I like it when our system works – guys like this usually just get to keep screaming, suing people, and performing acts that are nothing but harrassment until eventually they fade into obscurity. Â Obscurity isn’t good enough for me. Â EXAMPLES are a good idea sometimes, and the justice system did it.
There’s nothing wrong with filing a lawsuit over a belief. Â It happens all the time. Â Facts when filing a lawsuit are a much better idea. Â But the harrassment, repeated lawsuits (some thrown out of court because they lacked any legal basis), all of that just ties up our already clogged system needlessly. Â
Now for the best part of the joke. Â Jack Thompson has been ridiculed for about as long as he’s been filing cases against video games. Â Now comes the disbarment… and the “Jack Thompson is so disbarred…” jokes 🙂 Â Twitter has been a non-stop source of chuckles for me. Â Some of my favorites:
Jack Thompson is so disbarred, heâ€™s not even allowed to approach the bench at a picnic table.
Jack Thompson is so disbarred, he canâ€™t even file briefs in his underwear drawer.
Jack Thompson is so disbarred, he canâ€™t even object to the high price of gasoline.
Jack Thompson is so disbarred, he canâ€™t appeal to anybody! (But honestly, he never did.)
Jack Thompson is so disbarred he got kicked out of a food court.
There’s a couple lists of good ones floating around – you might try this one first. Â And if you still aren’t convinced it’s funny – please check the Wikipedia Entry for Jack Thompson. Â Read it all through, and you’ll realize two things:
Jack Thompson is a Fucktard.
Yes, it IS funny to see the right thing happen to a Fucktard 🙂