A thousand years ago I was the Editor-in-Chief of my college newspaper. It wasn’t unusual for me to receive letters from people who had a problem with what we published because they didn’t like it.
The letters were written by students, faculty, administrators and random people who happened to pick up a copy. One of my favorites was a six page, single spaced essay about why Elvis was the greatest performer ever that included a rant about how he was portrayed in a story we wrote.
I used to read these letters and wonder why some people insisted on reading what we published because no matter what we wrote, it was wrong in their eyes. I saw it as being no different than the person who complained about Howard Stern being on the radio.
If you didn’t like him you could change the station or turn it off. No one was forcing you to listen.
Sometimes Murder Is Funny…Right
A thousand years removed from those days I find myself on the other side.
Well a while back someone started creating YouTube videos that are supposed to be funny. They always show Hitler ranting about something like”Hitler finds out that Google Reader is shutting down.”
These aren’t funny to me. I just don’t see it, can’t get behind using a mass murderer like this. It is not absurd enough for me to chuckle. I am not a fan and I have left a few comments about this.
Some people have been offended that I said I was offended.
I Won’t Apologize
I don’t go looking for these videos but from time to time when I have stumbled onto them I have left a comment and been told that I “just don’t get it” or that “I am uptight” and my favorite, “it is ok, I am Jewish.”
We won’t bother with the discussion about free speech being unlimited because that is not what this is about. But at the same time it is worth noting that your right to post tasteless videos doesn’t preclude me from posting a response saying their tasteless.
It doesn’t mean that I am not allowed to suggest you find other sources of humor. You are welcome to disagree with me, I am good with that but don’t expect me to ignore it or not point out that some people find it offensive.
I won’t apologize for that or for making you uncomfortable because that is just how it goes sometimes.