1. the parts of a written or spoken statement that precede or follow a specific word or passage, usually influencing its meaning or effect. (ex. You have misinterpreted my remark because you took it out of context.)
2. the set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation, etc.
3. Mycology . the fleshy fibrous body of the pileus in mushrooms.
Josh Thomson's "PR team" went to an old stand-by today when releasing a statement on his clearly anti-gay marriage posts on Twitter and Facebook, the dastardly media had taken his comments "out of context."
Of course, that only holds weight if the comments were actually taken out of context. Instead, -- at least here at Bloody Elbow -- his words were presented fully in context. His initial post was presented not only in full, but as an embedded tweet. In the tweet, Thomson stated "Should you be allowed to marry whoever [sic] you want? Before you answer that, should u [sic] be allowed to have more than 1 wife?"
When Thomson later expanded on this, adding "men/women trying to marry young kids, siblings marrying eachother [sic]" to the list of "if/then" consequences of gay marriage, that quote was also presented as written. Thomson even added "You have to think all of these things are okay otherwise your [sic] stopping them from being happy as well which is hypocrisy. Equality doesn't stop with gay marriage, it just starts with it."
What context were the statements taken out of? Thomson was the one who presented these "thought provoking questions."
Were they taken and twisted in a way that removed the rest of his surrounding statements, thus changing the meaning?
No, they weren't. It's simply that "out of context" is a weak way of trying to blame others for what came out of your own mouth. Effectively, the meaning of "out of context" here is "I didn't think people would report it."
Thomson also drifted into the realm of complete BS in his statement, saying "I am not against gay rights or gay marriage in anyway."
That's an awfully difficult position to defend when previously stating that you "are smart enough to know" that gay marriage "opens a gateway" to adults trying to marry kids, also stating that it's not like interracial marriage while bringing up the idea of R. Kelly "trying to marry lil [sic] girls."
The context was given to all of this, his words directly quoted.
Blaming the media for changing the meaning of his words while also pretending that deleting the posts and acting as though there were no anti-gay marriage undertones is nothing more than damage control.
And when you bring up NAMBLA to try and support your point? It's not just damage control. It's really, really poor damage control.