Goddammit. This proves my point.
I really like the dark humor in Tony Carrillo's new cartoon strip called F Minus. It's sometimes edgy, sometimes oblique and nearly always right on.
But today he's gone too far. Look for yourself. It crosses the line and ridicules older people who might be suffering from Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, or dementia.
Exactly who is going to take him to task? Nobody, that's who. If we are lucky, AARP will give the cartoonist a slap on the wrist in their monthly magazine.
That's too late. We need an advocate who will jump on this right now. Forcefully. Make it hurt. Make him apologize, sure. But more than that, make Americans aware that we will not allow this kind of generational slime go unchallenged.
Why don't the elderly in America get respect? Because of crap like this cartoon.
We're going to have to do it ourselves.
Send the cartoonist an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and tell him he's funny, but this cartoon is not.
Send the same message to his syndicate, United Feature Syndicate, Debra Graynor, head of Customer Service, email@example.com.
I'm sure the cartoonist did not mean to insult the infirmed. But he did. The larger point is that this abuse will happen every damn day unless we take a stand.
Now I feel just like John Belushi's character "Bluto"in Animal House when he asked: "All right, who's with me?"