I’m not 100% certain, but I think the guy with the potty-mouth in this video is Larry Kralj – known to many bloggers way backin the day as “Redneck Hippie” and “Environmental RANGER!”
To be honest, I hadn’t thought about Larry in quite a while – not since he was banned about 10 years ago from several online forums for his tirades and insults.
The issue being discussed is the proposed copper mine near White Sulphur Springs, and this gentleman has some…um…strong opinions on the subject. A lot of people do! But this profanity-laced tirade is simply bewildering.
“Get the fuck back to Canada and Australia!” “Fuck youuuu, dude!” “We own that fucking river!” “FUCK YOU! Fuck Canada!” “You big fucking piece of shit!”
Jessica Sena was there and shared the video on Facebook, and wrote: “So this happened tonight at a panel discussion on the Smith River and Black Butte Copper Project…”
Petrini actually tried to defend this in an interview (paywall article) with the Tribune.
He can try to spin it any way he wants — freedom of speech, just a joke, riffing on someone else’s post, whatever – but most people (thank goodness) see it for what it really is.
UPDATE: Please note that I have no problem with Petrini expressing his views, no matter how disgusting – that’s his right! Yay 1st Amendment, seriously!
And under normal circumstances, this is the kind of of garbage that I (and many others) simply ignore — not going to gin up the outrage machine over every idiotic Facebook post, there’s simply not enough time and there’s really no point — racists gonna racist, etc.
But this guy ran for City Commission, and is now running for the GFPS school board, so shining a light on his sense of “humor” is absolutely within the bounds of commentary and public scrutiny.