Thursday, December 30, 2010
Stereotypes are great when the person they're talking about is not you. There are Americans who fit this mode to some degree. Naturally, parody inflates negative characteristics, however there are fat, Republican Americans who are actually well educated, decent people. Whether you are a disabled American, avid-hunting Canadian, or flaming gay, there are mockers. And it's usually funny when it's not you.
But sometimes, it is you, and the best thing you can do is laugh. Trust me, I fit into more than a few stereotypical boxes. The time someone spends laughing at you is time not spent picking on someone who has low self-esteem. They're leaving someone who otherwise would melt down alone. Besides, if you don't laugh at yourself you shouldn't do it to other people. We have unwritten policies when it comes to laughter, and in general it's harmless. Life is a funny thing, and sometimes when there is division and poverty the best thing we can do is laugh at it.
Posted by Michel-Exildas Galipeau at 13:49