Presidential candidate and El Paso native Beto O’Rourke shook all pearl-clutching Americans this weekend when he said, “Members of the press, what the fuck?” in response to a reporter’s question about what President Trump could do to “make this any better.” For some, the epithet was upsetting. For others, it was the sound of relief.
Finally. Finally! Someone with a camera in his face goes off script and says what we’re all thinking: What the fuck is happening to our country?
We endorse the word “fuck.” It feels good to say when everything falls apart. It gives you a brief flash of power when you’re feeling powerless. It is necessary in hard moments.
We get that some words aren’t appropriate for, say, a children’s television program. But you’re going to hear us say the word a lot when we’re talking about the pain of losing a family member to any variety of American epidemics. Or when we speak of the frustration of living in a world that isn’t built for us, doesn’t look like us, doesn’t accept us. Or when we talk about how maddening it is when our kids won’t listen for the 800th time.
A word isn’t the downfall of humanity and to use it isn’t a moral failing. We will defend using the word “fuck” in this fucked-up world and we’re not fucking sorry about it.