At this point it’s not a secret, the 113th United States Congress has a remarkable aptitude for perpetually sucking at life and people are noticing and talking back.
Fuck you Congress.
Seriously and literally.
In a website that actually lives at www.fuckyoucongress.com- thereby saying what everyone is thinking- the folks of Cultivated Wit tapped into a national sentiment that provides the wronged and angered with a means of getting informed, while also prompting them to channel their sentiments into productive measures.
As described to Huffpost Live, the three-step process goes like this:
“You get angry. You get informed. You get involved.”
That’s right www.fuckyoucongress.com isn’t just a cathartic temper tantrum- though that would also be justified- the site is populated with actual grievances that provide users with a means to get informed about all of the fucked up things caused by the shutdown. Additionally, the site provides a pathway to “do more than fuck around,” inviting users to tweet their representatives or get involved with organizations such as Common Cause, The Sunlight Foundation and Rootstrikers.
Not pissed off at Congress yet? Check out some of their reasons to say Fuck You below:
“Hey Congress, there are a couple hundred people indisposed with salmonella right now thanks to the Center for Disease Control operating with a barebones staff. They’d likely tell you themselves if they weren’t presently vomiting, so we’ll say it for them, fuck you!”
“Thousands of poor and elderly Massachusetts residents receiving federal fuel assistance to keep their homes warm are now left in the cold by the shutdown. Hey Congress, maybe send some of the piping hot bullshit you’ve been shoveling lately up their way to help them stay warm at night. Fuck you.”
Cultivated Wit defines itself as “A collision of comedy and technology bringing good ideas to ‘earth'” and this project does exactly that at a time when the temptation might be to resort to ambivalence in the face of this fuckery.
In a segment on Huffpost Live, Baratunde Thurston and Brian Janosch of Cultivated Wit explain the rationale behind the site, noting that it was inspired by “the worst Congress ever” and stressing that as far as they’re concerned, in a representative democracy a site like this shouldn’t have to exist in the first place.
Janosch notes that “a big part of what we’re trying to do is use comedy as an entry point” with the hopes of sparking a more knowledgeable public armed with the tools people need to do some good.
Thurston adds that “this is not a cynical play” – acknowledging that while the instinct might be to throw out some expletives and to blame everyone- in fact not everyone is equally at a fault and there are constructive measures to be taken.
Indeed- and in fact there’s something to taking a moment before we get productive and mature to deliver a heartfelt Fuck You to the fuckers who are ruining America.
There might be a temptation to suggest that this tactic is confrontational or over the top because “people” find the word “fuck” to be “offensive” or distracting.
But also I’d argue that the refusal of this Congress to even try to do their jobs is even more offensive and distracting and it’s totally intolerable. Drastic times warrant more than a slap on the wrist, a harshly worded letter, or a “shame on Congress”.
Absolutely fuck those guys.
May they pull their shit together to act like grown ups and do what they were elected to do, what they should feel privileged to be in the position to do, before they outright ruin America.