It’s been so long since I’ve poked a good bear that I couldn’t resist. Call it the angst over all the ridiculousness that is the OWS folderol on the news every. damn. night. Call it the anguish over not being able to ride my motor for almost three bloody months. But when a reader commented on the “Where’s the Little Girl” post, I had to share.
I posted both the reader’s response and mine. I’m not sure how many folks read back through comments and I certainly don’t want you to think my particular form of humor is unilaterally adored by all.
|Do you really think this is funny? These are the actions of professionals? This is supposed to inspire trust in those who protect us?As a professional, could you comment on what might happen when firearms are discharged into the air? Although the scene appears to be in a non-urban area, what if it was not? Or if there were neighborhoods nearby? What goes up does come down, doesn’t it? Shall we look at the underlying messages? To feel fear for your life when confronted by a group charging firearms and pointing them at you is to be the little girl? As if only girls felt such things? Don’t you think, given the circumstances, for you to have approvingly posted such a thing is more than a little bit hypocritical? At least I hope you would see the conflict inherent in this as a father of daughters. Please fell free to delete this post. If -you-read it, that’s enough. I’m sorry, for I had thought better of you.|
My puerile retort:
|I’m stuck between two responses:1. Satire defined: the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc. (emphasis added).Yes. I think really think this is funny. No, these are not the actions of professionals. They are actors. If you are inspired to trust actors, you go right on ahead.If you are curious about what might happen when firearms are discharged into the air, Mythbusters did a great show on it a couple years ago. If you really think this kind of behavior actually occurs, I encourage you to return to your fellow misled folks at Occupy (insert city).Yes, the underlying message is that if you feel fear when someone confronts you with a firearm, you are a little sissy girl because only a girl would feel such things. Please refer to my initial comment regarding satire for further explanation of my previous statement.or2. There’s the little girl. I’m pretty sure either one is gonna lose me a reader or two, but I just couldn’t resist.Seriously, though, Mikael. It’s a comedy sketch. If you didn’t think it was funny, I;m gonna go out on a limb and guess you hated Super Troopers as well. By the way, Super Troopers is every cop’s favorite movie. All of us. It’s our Shawshank Redemption. Our Godfather. That oughta be a sobering thought.|
You didn’t think I was gonna bury that in a comment section, did you? Wait. You thought better of me, too?
Dammit. I’m disappointing folks left and right.
There are going to be some of you that are going to be offended by my response. How you’ve gotten through previous posts is a testament to your patience. If you haven’t caught on just yet, I’m a bit snarky. Some of you may be new to my blog and thus unaware of the thoughts that are constantly a-twirl in my dome of things I’d like to say but don’t because I’m a professional.
Consequently, when someone voices a point of view on my blog, I unapologetically reserve the right to respond in whatever fashion I like. ‘Round MCPD, I get to call the shots. It pays to be in charge. If my response above is deemed too infantile or stereotypical for a cop in your opinion, I humbly offer the following snappy comeback from Daniel Tosh:
Those of you that have been reading for a long time know just how far in the cheek the tongue is placed. Remember how the phrase “Can’t we all just get along?” was bandied about for years? I think it’s time to institute a new phrase. “Can’t we all lighten up a little bit?” If you’re trying to extrapolate a sketch comedy troupe’s portrayal of over-the-top, ridiculous antics of pretend police officers into the actions of actual police officers, it’s time to switch off the nightly news and head on out for some
fresh air reality. You (and I’m talking sweeping generalization here) are wound way too tight and need to watch more Comedy Central and less CNN.