Monday, May 19, 2014

Sometimes it's a Fine Line

The other day I saw a facebook post by a famous advocate for LGBT rights.  This is someone who has been very vocal about bullying and how it has to be stopped.

The thing that caught my attention was the cartoon he posted.  It showed two clouds sneaking up on a third cloud and then startling it with a bolt of lightening.  This caused the innocent cloud to drop all its rain.  Over 246,000 people thought this worth "liking"

I wonder if the reaction would have been the same if it were something other than clouds?  Keep the premise, but imagine different characters.  Would that be seen as bullying?  I suspect the answer is yes.

It sure is funny how context can make all the difference, and someone can see the humor in one, and vile behavior in the other, without realizing the mixed message of condemning the individuals, but not the nature of the act itself.


W.B. Picklesworth said...

Of course, humor would die if one paid too much heed to the sensitive.

John said...

Good point W.B.

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