I found this article in The Times (London) interesting. The accepted PC view is that Michael Jackson is a plastic surgery freak and molests children. Therefore he has nothing to contribute to the world and no one should listen to his music. Definitely no one should go to his concerts, particularly if under the age of 12.
What I found absolutely hilarious is that his London concerts sold out in no time. From an original 10 concerts he has now been forced to put on 45! Apart from the fact that 45 x 17,000 is a lot of people, it shows almost inhuman endurance to put on the same show 45 times. I can't claim to be a fan, but I have seen his dancing on TV and it is not for the lazy. Mr Jackson has inspired many take-offs and copy-cats (my favourite is probably Wierd Al's I'm Fat which you can see here). While many people in recent years have denied his talent, or said that it is waning, they are clearly wrong.
So it seems his fan base is as large and dedicated as ever, if (presumably) a little older.
“At school I got a lot of
stick for liking Michael,” he says. “I had stick for it at work today when I
said I was going to the concert. But for every person who's said ‘Why do you
want to see him?', five others have quietly asked how to get tickets.”
So it is not socially acceptable to be an MJ fan, but many people are.
How does this relate to environmentalism? Well my wife was at Borders the other day (the plastic bag ban place) and bought 7 books. She was challenged as to whether she wanted a plastic bag to which she replied yes - after all she had a handbag and three young children in tow. The staff member argued about charging for it and my wife rightly gave them stick for making her life more difficult through a silly environmentalist stunt. "But all the money goes to charity," they said. My wife replied that she gives lots of money to charity but they are ones of her own choosing.
But most people wouldn't - most people would quietly suffer the inconvenience and try not to make a scene. They might even quietly mutter that it is wonderful to save the planet and that they think plastic bags are bad too. Then they would struggle out with the books, perhaps dropping some in a puddle, or losing one down the side of the car seat.
[The staff and management at Borders are presumably a bunch of environmentalist nutters who think nothing of foisting their opinions, values and world view on anyone who crosses their doors. Luckily, we have other book shops, and I encourage those of you with more pro-human views to use them.]
We know that most people love plastic bags simply by the fact that they use them. Let's not make it socially unacceptable to complain when stores try to make our lives difficult for no environmental benefit worth measuring. Just to refresh your memory, you could have a look at previous posts Just Say Yes to Plastic Bags and Why Plastic Bags are Great.
When you are denied a plastic bag, stand up for yourself and your fellow humans, and voice your concerns.