It was probably inevitable that a silly blog war between our humble site and professional crimefighter/muscle shirt aficionado Alonzo Washington would result in some kind of accusation. And it came (sort of) this morning in the form of a perfectly logical defense of Alonzo over at Tony’s site. He’s right, of course: Alonzo has done some great work — clothing choices notwithstanding — in and for the community, and it’s important to have local figures unaffiliated with law enforcement who can help bring in tips. Our criticism (if it can be called that) of Alonzo was tw0-pronged: first, that his self-aggrandizing posturing can often seem more self-serving than anything else, as if he’s gotten to close to his characters; second, that his (and indeed everyone’s) blogging credibility is weakened by his total lack of basic grammar skills. Minor points all. So why the racism card? Well, Alonzo is a well-known black figure and we are anonymous and admittedly white figures — or as Alonzo puts it, “dry, burby & square.” While I’ll admit to being an insufferable grammar snob (I prefer to avoid “Grammar Nazi,” as Tony puts it, if only because it strays so close to Godwin’s Law), I must categorically deny that any writer for this site possesses even an ounce of racist thought. But more importantly: how did we start to conflate criticism of a minority figure with criticism of minorities? MORE
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It’s been quite a saga over the last few days, as a tiny fraction of the city has been cursed treated with the clash of the titans known as Washington v. Anonymous Twentysomethings. We started the whole fracas, we’ll admit, with a little comedic piece about Alonzo being held hostage by septuagenarian favorite KMBC. Alonzo struck back with a blog entry on MySpace — and now the man himself has composed another entry about our lack of understanding when it comes to… muscle shirts? And man, does he play it fast and loose with the King’s English. What follows is a verbatim transcript of A-Dub’s blog, complete with editing notes. Oh, and that’s his photo of him — playing charades, we assume. Gun show! Right?
The thing I like about being into the blogger scene is that it allows me to play around. As a activist (really? You know the vowel rule, right?) I see & (questionable ampersand usage; this isn’t Wheel of Fortune) hear about all kinds of bad things. So, on this blog I keep it kind of light to gain attend (huh?) from people who would never watch me on the news. This Myspace, Twitter, Youtube & Godtube thang (this isn’t a Snoop Dogg song, sir) has really worked for me. However, it does get me into a lot of fights with local blogger (non-count noun?). I look at it as fun. Some say mean things about me. However, when they put me in their blogs it just helps me (not so sure). Now, this blogger says I need to get rid of my tank tops (false — we just requested the occasional deployment of an arm-covering garment). I play them (is that what The Kids say?) a lot in the summer. It’s hot in this hell hole we call KC. All I can say is that a tank top go’s (oh, lord) a long way. I am a old (you mean “an”?) guy & I am happy I am still in shape. I am very surpised (SpellCheck is pretty simple, really) at the response I get from ladies of all races & ages when I wear one. They tend to touch me a lot. (Awk-waaaard.) They smile at me & pay me homage. (You’re not Louis XIV, mon frere.) I am a married man & I down with my wifey (uh, what?). However, all old guys are happy to know that the ladies still check them out. Although, (terrible comma placement) I wear tanks only to beat the heat. I also think this blogger should give me a break. I wear a lot of suits & leather jackets in my interviews also (leather jackets? Is it for a Harley-Davidson Channel interview?). Reading what bloggers say about me makes me laugh. (Likewise.) It always trips me out to hear how people see me. I am really just a shy (hmm?) guy trying to fight the good fight in this hell hole & I am keeping my tank tops. Read this.
We already knew that Alonzo Washington’s title was “Forever Foe Of Injustice/Crimefighter” — but who knew that it also included “Dedicated Opponent Of All Syntax And Grammar Rules”? We share your opposition to senseless murder, A-Dub, but is it so hard to follow Strunk & White’s (note the correct ampersand usage) little guidelines? We’d say no.