Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I just don't get it

One of my co-workers just called me in to his office, to watch a video. Something posted by Jimmy Kimmel from his show: asking people to send in videos of them telling their children that the parents had eaten all the children's halloween candy.
An entire video dedicated to parents making their children cry.
The co-worker said he found it funny, and thought most of the children seemed to be spoiled brats, implying that they deserved this treatment.
What type of parent thinks it's OK to
1. lie to their children, for entertainment purposes.
2. film that lie, and the children's reaction, for entertainment purposes
3. Continue to film, when their child is crying or throwing a tantrum, for entertainment purposes?
and what kind of person
1. enjoys watching children being made to cry, for entertainment purposes.
2. and sees nothing wrong with this.
For the record, I don't watch America's Funniest Home Videos, either [see all reasons above]. The few times it's been on in someone else's house, I've been amazed and aghast at what people will film 'for entertainment'. And that people will continue to film instead of running to comfort a frightened or disturbed child.
Why is it that so much of what passes for humour today is based on humiliating or insulting someone else?
We appear to have become a nation of bullies, hurting and lashing out at others, and then loudly decrying 'It was just a joke! Can't you take it?'

I just don't get it.

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