Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Have I lost my Sense of Humour or are others just mean spirited -Good Mom Bad Mom and some TiT called Jimmy Kimmell
Jenny, I found you a couple of months ago and I have come to look forward to your blogs with your warped sense of humour, like, I suppose a mild drug fix. You're clearly a bright, intelligent woman, with, as far as I can tell, a full time job, and a couple of blogs. Within the next few months you will no doubt add the title of 'Best Selling Author' to the many accolades that have been heaped upon you already.
You are clearly in a loving relationship and seem to have a wonderful husband and daughter. In amongst all that zany buffoonery, you also appear to have a heart of gold with the good things that you also do for people, and all of this at the same time while suffering on and off from depression. And during these bouts I hope you have found time to read my comments to you, that I send in the small hope that they help to cheer you up.
As usual I clicked on the link posted on your tweet on 13th December from good mom/ bad mom expecting another funny and slightly irreverent post.
What I did not expect to find was the level of sheer unadulterated meanness from so many parents towards their children. parents and an audience who thought it would be fun to allow their children to open a Christmas gift early and then for the child to find a half eaten sandwich or a small boy to find some 'my little ponies' or whatever else warped present the parents knew was inappropriate and would be hurtful to the child!
And then, to witness these spiteful acts as filmed by parents and sent to Mr Kimmell on his TV show was downright awful. I do have sense of humour and like most people I have been known to laugh at the misfortune of others. But the laughter is normally at the ludicrousness of the situation and its outcome rather than at the person. Mr Kimmell and his audience were laughing, as presumably you were too, at children who no doubt have been brought up and conditioned, no I don't think conditioned is to strong a word, to believe in the goodness of Christmas. They have been conditioned to believe and expect to find, even when things may have been difficult in their families, for whatever reason during the past 12 months, that what they are going to get under the tree from Santa and their parents is beautiful gifts, whether that be the latest toy or gadget, fad, or game, doll or bike or whatever; they are conditioned by us to expect nice things to appear out of their shiny wrapping paper.
These are children for goodness sake not teenagers or adults who we might all play a prank on and then expect them to get the joke. Children, particularly those of a young age, whose moronic parents chose to 'play along' with this weird request, clearly did not get the joke, and I know that you and others will qualify this by saying, "yes but their parents explained it to them afterwards, it was all a joke, they got it", yes well I am sure they probably did. But it does not make it any less a stupid and appalling thing to do to a child in the first place.
I am grateful that I am unable to view Mr Kimmell on this side of the Atlantic as he says in his opening statement that he asked people to do something similar at Halloween, well all I can say is, "I'm glad I missed that one"
I end just with this. I truly truly enjoy following you and I am so honoured that you follow me, although with so many followers I suspect that you do not have the time or the inclination to read every comment that comes in on your timeline , so I will jut be another anonymous follower. That's fine and understandable. I will continue to follow you and share your journey, your life, your troubles and be as supportive as I can from afar as you struggle with whatever demons that occasionally attack you. All I would ask is that you do not support this type of thing that could inflict demons on a child at this wonderful time of year, or any other time for that matter!
I did try and post this on the comments section but clearly I have run on to much for it to be accepted!
I also thought long and hard about putting your link on this oner but in the interests of fairness and to allow people to see why I have apparently have lost my sense of humour, I reluctantly did.