Humor. Throughout my life I have created more trouble trying to be funny than I have generated with blatant, premeditated meanness. Usually by accident.
Humor is subjective. Do you realize how difficult it is to be funny without using body parts, sex, infirmities, nationalities, the U. S. Senate, etc?
Earlier this year, I got into a dust-up with a nationally syndicated cartoonist when I took offense at one of his cartoons. Admittedly, I over-reacted but it was my first response to something that I felt denigrated older people suffering from dementia.
Weeks later, I continue to get random hits on this blog that use searches related to cartoons and Alzheimer's and dementia. Many searches came from universities across America, which puzzles me.
One person used "Alzheimer's cartoon" in their Google search. Out of curiosity, I made the same search. Boom. Imagine my surprise to see over one million possible sites relating to this fatal illness. There are stock cartoons available for purchase from several sites. Some are funny. Some are misdemeanors. But a few rise to felonies.
FOOTNOTE: did you notice that "Desperate Housewives" apologized after joke went awry and offended medical schools in the Philippines? More than 30,000 names came in via an online petition. Hence the quick mea culpa.
If those Alzheimer's jokes were about Jews, blacks, gays there would be a similar outcry. Justifiable, too.
Currently, we have no avenging angel who will truly stand up for slanders and slurs which target the elderly and our infirmities. AARP -- you listening?
But the day is coming ...