ILVTOFU

Posted: April 9, 2009 in Uncategorized

I admit, when I first heard about Colorado’s decision to ban the vegetarian’s personalized license plate expressing her love for soy, I was really annoyed. My immediate thoughts, before actually looking at the video or the plate, were that big business and government were stepping in yet again to tell us all how good meat was for the world when, in reality, the meat industry is likely one of the primary culprits that keeps millions upon millions hungry. But then I looked at the video, and took a closer gander at the plate, and saw that officials had a different complaint.

Do we want to display, for everyone to see, a license plate that may be interpreted as I.lv.to.f.u.? Hm…interesting predicament. I suppose, for some, that might be offensive. But so what? I am offended by lots of things I see on personalized licensed plates. Who determines what is decent and what is not? And when does censoring cross the line?

We have not learned, in the West, to take responsibility for our own thoughts, feelings, and actions. The woman who is requesting this plate is vegetarian, and is only interested in expressing that on a vanity plate. If you or I misinterpret that message, is that not our own issue, our own responsibility? Why do we need others to come behind us and censor what we read or see? To protect us from our own thoughts and creativity?

Moreover, what -if- the plate read i.lv.to.f.u.? So what? I don’t know about you, but in my world, that’s a good thing.

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