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IMNSHO: In My Not-So-Humble Opinion
Thursday, 6 December 2007
Sherri Shepherd's "View" on "The Golden Compass"

 

I'm home sick today, so I'm watching "The View" and although I love Sherri Shepherd, I have to say that her main gripe about The Golden Compass annoys me.  She doesn't like the fact that in the universe in which the story takes place all people are connected to a being in animal form called a daemon, but she equates this word with the Christian idea of "demons" that she's grown up with.

The daemons in Pullman's story are not evil beings, they're manifestations of each person's soul. If a person is evil, like Mrs. Coulter, her daemon will be evil. Sherri said that she's concerned because "words are a powerful thing," which I agree with completely, but if you truly believe in the power of words you should know about the definition and etymology of a word before you choose to make a public judgment about the word. It reminds me of when a guy was fired from his government office a few years ago because he used the non-racism-related word "niggardly" (and used it correctly, I must add).

The word as Sherri thinks of it came from the Late Latin for evil spirits, but it has its roots in the Latin word daemon, which refers to a divinity or spirit, unrelated to any good or evil.  Yes, our most common dictionary definition does refer to a source or agent of evil, harm, distress, or ruin, but the alternate spelling, daemon, connotes either an attendant power or spirit or a supernatural being of Greek mythology intermediate between gods and men.

If someone is going to criticize or condemn something because of the use of a specific word, I which that such a person would do his or her homework regarding the definition and origin of that word first, especially if that person is a public figure in TV broadcasting.


Posted by tonylagarto at 11:48 AM EST
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Thursday, 6 December 2007 - 2:48 PM EST

Name: "Sam"

I TiVo the view daily so I can watch the Hot Topics and find that Sherri often makes comments based on little insight into the actual subject being addressed. Just yesterday the guest host told a story about how at her son’s preschool there is a box of costumes in the play area. The teacher lets the kids play with any articles they wish and doesn’t separate the clothes by gender. Sherri stated that she would have a problem if her son wanted to play in a dress and would be angry at any teacher who would encourage it.

The panel tried to explain that it was a box of costumes and at that age kids are merely drawn to whatever catches their eye and are not thinking about gender roles or stereotypes. Sherri never got it; she just focused on the perceived “horror” that would come if her son ever wanted to wear a dress. I find it strange that an actress/comedian would have such a limited view of creative freedom as well as gender expression.  

Thursday, 6 December 2007 - 6:01 PM EST

Name: tonylagarto
Home Page: http://tonylagarto.tripod.com

Wow, that's pretty ignorant. I wouldn't expect that from her either. I guess maybe she's a little more on the conservative side, like that awful Elizabeth Hassletwat, but nobody's as bad as Ann Coulter, the one woman who is more wicked than The Golden Compass's Mrs. Coulter.

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