Dean: When You Use My Past Against Me, I Actually Like It

Aug 13, 2022

The number one export of hate-filled social media scraps from the past few years with incredibly dumb people?

They are weaponizing past transgressions, mistakes, and missteps.

It started before MAGA rose to fame, but MAGAts are the best at it because whataboutism is the only thing those piss drunk rednecks have in their ammo box. It’s genuinely the calling card of actual morons.

Whenever we touch a nerve in the bot-filled community of theocratic cognitively delayed MAGAts, we get an avalanche of news stories and articles (usually about me) that span 20 years.

This is a favorite of the rubes and bots. That time I mocked a rapist sentenced to 5 years in jail for raping and drugging four men in a bathhouse over a two-day weekend.

Call me crazy, but I’m anti-rape. I’m also pro-prison justice when it comes to convicted rapists.

But yes, eight years ago, I was fired for mocking a gay rapist after the company I worked for hired Jamie Watt and Navigator to paint me as homophobic. I’m reminded of it by the alt-right “gotcha” boys and girls, which is interesting because they hate gay people. Maybe they love rapists.

When anyone uses my decade-old firing for mocking a convicted rapist, I laugh now. It’s the flight of an idiot void of any real point or intellectual ability. It’s a google search.

It doesn’t mean I didn’t learn anything about using my privilege to make the world around me a little better. I wrote about it years ago. I did marginalize people in the LBTQ community at times. My privilege and entitlement ran my shit, and I didn’t think I needed to be sensitive to any community.

Mocking communities with negative stereotypes used to be a pillar of live content.

Radio, live comedy, etc. Not an excuse, just a different time, and as much as people try to discredit or hurt me with these stories, IDGAF. Like, at all. They are learning experiences that made me what I am today, and I love them all.

Including this one, where I called a then 14-year-old Justin Bieber a ‘pillow biter’ 13 years ago because I was an asshole who didn’t stop to consider the confusion and pain of young LQBTQ people listening to me with their parent’s in the car on their way to school.

For the record, the CBSC called that ‘sexualizing children, ‘ which gave the alt-right losers their pedo angle.

Not my finest moment and there have been a few.  I read that now and get sad. Not for me, but for the struggling young person who had to sit there as I acted like a herterosexual asshole full of anger and dumb privlige.

I did all those things throughout a 15-year radio career that began 26 years ago. A small portion of me would like to go back in time to punch young privileged Dean in the face.

My sense of entitlement and low knowledge privilege were fucking rediculous. I thought people HAD to listen to me because I was the center of my selfish, straight, privileged, toxic male universe.

I think that’s why none of these things bother me. I own them and am happy to address them all.

I appreciate the journey I’ve been on because without these learning experiences, I’m not the person I’m proud of today. Not learning from these experiences is the worst possible way to respond to life. Not advocating for the same people I used to treat as a marginalized footnote would be a crime.

I don’t have anything to make up for or apologize for. I get to be a better person every day, learning from perceived worldly failures. They are the best teachers.

We don’t get to choose what happens to us. We get to decide how to respond to it, and THOSE receipts dictate my self-worth.

It sounds trite, but you legitimately can’t hurt me because I don’t perceive life the same way some do who scour the internet for shitty things about others to make some point without having an actual point.

Fuck, I post my learning experiences and issues.  I admit to trying to get better at life and cite these experiences as my teachers so it’s not like @Janice398701 from Alberta is going to make me hide from myself and those experiences I’m forever grateful for.

Like this one…

No matter how badly guys like Toronto Mike or “JesusIsLord666” want to impugn my character or damage my reputation because I touch them where they stink, it’s a useless effort that no one here cares about – including advertisers or colleagues because I’m me today thanks to me, yesterday.

Tomorrow me promises to be better than today me, too. That’s how the experience of life is supposed to work, objectively speaking.

I had a meeting with a radio company not long ago that ended better than it started.

“What have you learned over the past year” someone asked me looking down their nose, leaning back in their boardroom chair.

“I’ve learned how little I knew the more I learn about what I do not know.”

I think they wanted me to say “Lot’s! I’ve changed so much for the better!” I don’t know that’s true.  I know I respond better to everything because that’s lives only value – responding well to EVERYTHING in the best interest of good character and acts for the common good.

But I don’t owe anyone anything.  This life is about me being better, a little bit, everyday and I get to define that. Plus, I’m extremely proud of the success we had between the issues and believe we  did some incredible things for the greater good when I wasn’t being selfish.

Like the time we prevented those fucking losers fromt he Westboro Baptist church from protesting a young girl’s funeral.

Which explains the few fucks I give when I post a blog featuring their hit pieces.

They do it because they don’t have a legitimate point or a the ability to express themselves AND most of them are really fucking dumb.  Dumb people do easy things because easy things don’t hurt their brains as much as hard things like reading or academic conteplation. Might as well ask them to do nuclear physics.

So post away, rubes. I may even rewteet it for you. it always leads to a conversation about how my life has changed and allows me to share my story with others who might need to hear it. It’s lead to some incredible life changes for others who’ve come to me with their issues looking for help with life.  The real stuff.

I’m still me though, so don’t mistake me for a door mat. I kept portions of Dean 1.0 and like to let him out for a walk everyone in a while.But, like you, I still get to get better at this everyday.  That’s the ENTIRE point.






Dean Blundell

Dean Blundell is a Canadian radio personality. Best known as a longtime morning host on CFNY-FM (The Edge) in Toronto, Ontario. In 2015 he was named the new morning host on sports radio station CJCL (Sportsnet 590 The Fan). Dean started his career in radio in 2001 and for nearly 20 years been entertaining the radio audience. Dean’s newest venture is the launch of his site and podcast which is gaining tremendous momentum across North America.

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