It Is What It Is, A Pet Peeve
Posted on August 10, 2008
Has anybody heard this phrase going around, “It is what it is?” Yeah, that used to be a simple little saying with a rather innocent meaning. It was also rarely spoken because it was so innocent, just a pleasant little “that’s all there is, folks” kind of thing. And people smiled when they said it. =) Like many things with upper management or a corporate office, it has been corrupted. Now, instead of a polite little finale to a casual conversation, it pretty much covers a great many shitty situations.
“We had to let two people go from your department today, which means you’ll be taking on their workload.”
“What? How? I don’t have enough time to do my own job and the jobs of the last two you let go.”
“Well, it is what it is.”
“Forget you saw those test results. We can’t let the customer know.”
“But that would be lying.”
“I’m just telling you what I was told. It is what it is.”
Okay, folks…it isn’t what it is. It’s what someone did to make it that way. The CEO of the company I work for drives around in a Hummer. A Hummer! That just strikes me as arrogant considering the current state of affairs in the automotive industry and the price of gas. But hey, it gives him the impression he has a big penis. Guess in this case it is what it isn’t. Of course, we’re also talking about a guy who was involved in several other companies that went bankrupt before he came to lead us.
Don’t you wish you were a fly on the wall during that conversation with the stakeholders?
“Our next applicant has been involved with at least 3 other bankruptcies, but he promises to make sure he safeguards our money along with his salary, his bonus, offers nearly the worst insurance to everybody not at corporate, staff the corporate office with an abundance of executives while laying off from the other facilities to sustain their numbers, speak to nobody outside of upper management at each facility unless there’s a threat of a union coming in and drive us right into bankruptcy yet again because of questionable business decisions while allowing his minions to lie to the customer, thus safeguarding ourselves from potential lawsuits or recalls.”
They hired him. It is what it is, right?
And people have suffered for it…because that’s what someone has allowed him to do. And we allow others to do things that they turn around and flagrantly state “it is what it is” as if they had no other choice, had no ability to question and no hand in creating the problem in the first place. They accept no responsibility and care little of the consequences. It almost reminds me of behavior one would expect from a sociopath
That’s where I continue to get into trouble, mostly because I tend to point that out to them and I no longer accept “it is what it is” as a reason. They don’t like that.
But like them, I don’t care. It is what I’ve just made it.
Kristoffer Gair (who formerly wrote under the pseudonym Kage Alan) is the Detroit-based author of Honor Unbound, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. The Lord Of The Loins, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell, several short stories featured in anthologies (to be combined in a forthcoming book), the recently re-published novella Falling Awake, its sequel, Falling Awake II: Revenant and Falling Awake III: Requiem.
2 Responses to “It Is What It Is, A Pet Peeve”
Dorien Grey says:
March 10, 2012 at 9:58 am
I agree totally, Kris, but face it: it is what it is.
March 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm
That’s a pet peeve of mine as well and when someone says it to me I ask,”Well…what is it?”.