Sensitivity is running ramped around using certain words and actions that offend people. It’s been a topic running through courts for decades: obscenity and complaints about words people find hurtful. I recently came across a piece on E! News about complaints from GLAAD over a trailer for Vince Vaughn’s new movie, The Dilemma. And it has people in just that situation, a dilemma. Apparently the use of a “gay” joke is highly offensive to that community and they feel it plays to certain stereotypes they are not fond of.
Another situation similar to this in the news is the Supreme Court debate on whether or not anti-gay protesters should be allowed at military funerals. Where does the law draw the line between a joke and actual families being protested at one of the saddest days of their lives?
It is an emotional issue on both sides because on one hand you have the gay community up in arms about these stereotypes leading to people getting bullied as a result of a somewhat negative image being portrayed and then there is a radical protestor saying that homosexuals are the reason people are dying in the war.
Even though it is an emotional subject, I do feel that people have the right to express themselves the way they want to.
In dealing with comedy, people of every background get made fun of at some point and I think that the sensitivity factor needs to be taken out and not complained about as much. It seems like these days people take offense to almost anything and always have something to complain about. If in a light situation a joke is made and it isn’t going to cause immediate harm to anyone then people should just let it roll off of their backs.
However, with the funeral situation, I think it does cause harm to people. This is not a time or place for joking. These protesters, while they have their technical liberties to do so, should allow a funeral to be a time of solace and whatever peace the family can find. The question is whether or not they should be allowed to do it at a military funeral. The issue for this is still being battled in court so it will be interesting what the Supreme Court ultimately decides.