2 weeks later people are still outraged
one of the letters that were sent to me:
Dear Mr. Fowler:
I will start this letter by
first stating that I rarely watch “reality” television. I
much prefer to watch what I consider, at least in my opinion, more worthwhile
programs. I would have never heard of you had it not been for
a headline on Yahoo, claiming that you were the worst husband ever.
Out of curiosity I clicked the link and then read of your behavior on
‘Wife Swap.’ As stated previously, I do not watch reality
television so therefore I have never viewed a single episode of ‘Wife
Swap’ but after reading about your rude and hateful behavior towards
Gayla, I made it a point to watch this particular episode.
It is here that I would like
to tell you that I’m a Missouri resident. I also will tell you
that I’m educated. I have two Bachelors degrees, one Masters
degree, and am currently working on a Ph.D. I have a BMI of 20
and I take good care of my body. I also endorse environmental
awareness and I live as ‘green’ as I can. I also take an interest
in other cultures and make it a point to stay current on global issues.
In short, I am everything a Missouri resident, a Midwesterner, should
not be according to your highly prejudiced, myopic viewpoint.
I took what I saw on ‘Wife
Swap’ with an ample grain of salt as “reality” as portrayed on
reality television may be a rather dubious representation of real life.
With that said, I was nonetheless horrified and appalled at what I can
only describe as vicious, callous, spiteful, arrogant, hateful, if not
downright pathological behavior on your part. In fact, I am very
confused as to why anyone with your so called intelligence and education
can act, and treat others, like you did.
It is therefore my opinion
that you, sir, are a fraud. It is my contention that you learned
very little during your education. If you had, you would have
discovered how interconnected we are with others as a species.
You would have noted from your history lessons how elitists have abused
the individuals they considered beneath them, as well as how kindly
history now remembers those elitists. You might have gained some
perspective on how utterly insignificant we are when compared to the
vastness of the universe. You also might have learned humility
and gratitude when you reflected on how very unlikely it is that we
are even here. Finally, if you would have been paying attention
at University, you would have felt a sense of responsibility to serve
humankind as well as the environment.
The individuals you scorn have
as much right to dignity as you, yet you completely demoralised that
woman as well as the rest of the people captured by your wide brush
strokes of generalisation. You apparently believe that people
who do not live up to your standards are subhuman. That attitude,
sir, is a very dangerous one to have as we have seen what happens when
one group of people dehumanise another group.
I am further saddened to see
you teach your children the same bigoted ideals. You are preparing
them to carry on your legacy of arrogance and pompousness. This
is doing a disservice to them as they will be handicapped in socialisation
skills with their fellow humans as well as healthy emotional development.
I hope that these apples will fall far, far from your tree.
I care not that you insulted
my country as becoming an American was simply an accident of my birth.
I care not that you insulted my entire state as becoming a resident
of Missouri was again, simply an accident of birth. My skin is
thick enough to dismiss your venom as the ideals of a bigot.
I do not forgive you your horrendous
behavior or your equally sickening morality.