The OWH editorial folks wrote about how important the death penalty debate is, and that State Senator Bill Kintner’s Facebook post with the beheading photo, “fell well short of that mark“.
But on that SAME PAGE…a funny from cartoonist Jeff Koterba…about Kintner!
Is this some sort of meta-editorial that the kids seem to always be talking about? A mirror within a mirror within a mirror?
Please OWH, let us know when we are to be “sincere, sober, thoughtful and respectful” and when we’re supposed to chuckle (while thinking!).
(Or maybe they’re just jealous that Kintner made people think about the issue, using a simple photo, more than 10 OWH editorials do.)
Oh, and please readers, do NOT comment on this editorial…because you CAN’T.
“Comments have been disabled.”
So much for a discussion.
And then there is out old friend, Matt Hansen.
Hansen wrote an interesting piece about the Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner announcement, like many other columnists have. But Hansen made it local, interviewing a UNO professor on the subject.
A couple of notes though.
One, Hansen does his own scolding to you the reader, though in a much more passive aggressive way. See, he announces (twice) that HE is an “ignoramus” for having preconceived and immature notions about transgender people.
Ah, but by the end of the article where he became much more enlightened and helped to personify the transgender community, he has passed from that state of “ignorami”.
But that leaves YOU, reader, as STILL in a state of ignoramisy — until you too have been enlightened on the subject in just the right way (you ignoramus).
And Two, Hansen and UNO Prof. Irwin cite “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” as an example of a movie making fun of a transgender person.
Which is intersting…except that’s not necessarily an accurate portrayal. Note that in the scene where Jim Carrey’s character realizes that Sean Young’s character is transgender, Boy George’s song, “The Crying Game” — from the movie of the same name — is playing. And then Ace goes into the bathroom and vomits, and otherwise overreacts Jim Carrey-like.
But obviously, that is a play on exactly what happened in the movie, The Crying Game, when the main character realizes that the woman who he has been with is actually a man. The guy goes into the bathroom and vomits. And THAT was in a movie lauded by many for being the first to address the transgender issue in a popular culture way.
So, the point is, you can knock Ace Ventura for making a comic point involving a transgender person, but frankly, they were making fun of the reaction of a character in a serious movie on the subject.
(Maybe THAT’s the discussion Hansen should have had…)
That Jim Carrey. What an ignoramus.
Oh, and by the way, no comment section AT ALL for Hansen’s story.
Remember when we were supposed to be having “national discussions” about all of these issues?
Have a great weekend!
One week before the fun starts in the Big “O”!