I am all for being authentic but it’s possible to do that without cursing on LinkedIn. This seems unprofessional to me.

What do you all think? 🤔

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I've watched an ECD use the same verbiage in excitement in the room with clients, yes he's white. He was never seen or deemed unprofessional, in fact, he was viewed as passionate and really into selling whatever it was that he was pitching.
This reeks of respectability politics wrapped in a polite nice/nasty way.
Everything isn't for everybody and I get that, but the message that this Black man is wishing to convey is exactly what you are attempting to diminish by use of a systemically oppressive ideology that allows white supremacy to stay in power. Who deems what professional is or isn't? My apologies if you're Captain of the Official Professional Brigade and can give me the standards on paper, but even then I'd repeat this statement. Stop policing Black people and the display of their excitement and passion. We deserve to be as open about all of our emotions, encouragement and inspiration as every other group of people. If cuss words aren't your thing, that's fine, but you don't have to put someone else in question because it is their thing.
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- A BLACK WOMAN

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Couldn’t have said it better myself.

I don’t mind at all. Can’t ask for authenticity while expecting everyone to cater to certain standards of “professionalism.”

As long as he’s not cursing AT someone or not using appropriate language overall for certain subject matters (like tragic events or family-friendly occasions), I don’t think it matters.

And the whole point of what he’s saying is to NOT look for others’ validation.

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Just my personal opinion.

Eh, for what It’s worth, those in creative departments swear 24/7. What is considered unprofessional to you may not be considered unprofessional to others. Especially those in more lax roles.

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Exactly, you'll actually be seen as a square if you don't curse

Aren’t we in advertising? Curse words get thrown around everyday at agencies. Also look at people like Gary V and even as far back as Donnie Deustch. He’s making some good noise on behalf of black people in the industry while staying true to HIS personal brand. Miss me with the pearl clutching.

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Everyone’s version of being authentic is not going to look the same. This is how he is choosing to show up. Just with other social media platforms he controls what he is posting. And everyone else can control what they view/take in. Everything ain’t for everybody 🤷🏾‍♀️

But for me the question is who came up with the guidelines on what is professional and unprofessional? Who decided what words on “good” words and “bad” words? And why must we continue to uphold it.

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What's unprofessional about cursing? They're just words in my opinion

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I think one well-placed f-bomb can be pulled off. That post was kind of overkill.

I tend to agree. There's a time and a place. Not sure LinkedIn is either of those things.

I'm with you. I just feel like we shouldn't cuss on Linked in. It feels wrong.

There is another man, who happens to be white, that curses all of the time on Linkedin. Could it be that we are holding this man to a higher standard? Kinda like how we held Obama to a higher standard versus his constituents?

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