Why Is Everyone Being So Mean to David Wu? Tiger Costumes Are Cool.

Why is everybody so upset about a congressperson sending out a picture of himself dressed as a tiger?  People are actually calling for this guy to step down and I’m a little confused.  Perhaps someone could clue me in to what the big deal is.

As I have been informed by this article, David Wu, a seven-term democratic representative from Salem, Oregon, is in hot water for having sent pictures of himself dressed in a tiger costume to staff members while in the midst of a heated campaign.  There apparently were also a few mental health issues and an episode where he took pain killers that had not been prescribed to him.

I could understand if people wanted Mr. Wu to step down because of the mental health issues, not being forthright about such issues, or taking the pain killers and/or not being forthright about that.  I could understand wanting him to step down for that.  But…everybody seems most up in arms about the tiger suit.

I mean, sure, it was weird.  Be sure to check out the article- there’s a photo.  A creepy photo.  Still, I don’t see what about it makes people want him to step down from Congress.  I do acknowledge that I suggested to Rich Iott in a previous post that it may not have been the best idea to dress up in a nazi uniform.  However, I think there is a huge difference between a nazi uniform and a tiger suit.

What kind of unforeseen message could a tiger suit possibly convey?  That he likes animals?  That he opposes safaris or has a hard line stance on gazelles?  That he loves Calvin and Hobbes?  No, unlike a nazi suit, I don’t think there is any unintended message that can be misinterpreted out of wearing a tiger suit.

Mr. Wu even came out and said that it was inappropriate and unprofessional for him to have sent out the photos of him in the tiger suit.  I’m actually kind of pissed that he went that far.  The dude should be able to wear a tiger suit if he wants to.  As long as he is aware that people might think he is a nutjob and is willing to deal with that, go for it.  I never even went as far as to say that Rich Iott shouldn’t have done what he did, just that it might not have been a good idea.  Perhaps it wasn’t a good idea for David Wu to send out photos of himself dressed in a tiger suit.  Perhaps he looked like a total fruitcake.  I just don’t see anything wrong with it (I might have to revise my stance if it turns out that he did this because he’s a furry.  I hadn’t thought about that yet.)

It could actually be kind of cool if everyone in Congress wore different animal costumes.  It’d feel more like a circus and people wouldn’t take it so seriously.  Maybe they might even get some actual work done.  Peanuts could even be served.  Back in the day, Strom Thurmond could have gone as a rhinoceros and never had to have worn a costume.  Animal rights activists could dress as dolphins.  People might actually watch C-Span then.

Regardless, I don’t think people should be pissed at David Wu so bad just because he sent out pictures of himself dressed in a tiger suit.  If they think he’s a fruitcake, fine.  Go with that.  Just don’t hate on the tiger suit.  Tiger suits are cool.

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David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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1 Response to Why Is Everyone Being So Mean to David Wu? Tiger Costumes Are Cool.

  1. Pingback: David Wu – I Defended You Over The Tiger Suit Thing, But I’m Not Sticking By You Regarding Unwanted Sexual Advances | David Atkinson's Blog

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