Your Weekly Dose of Stupidity
As I’ve said before, it only takes one. Let just one person complain, and your average company will acquiesce to the demands, no matter how lacking in credibility those demands might be. Or, to be brutally honest, how stupid they are, and how stupid it is that the complainant got offended in the first place. Case in point, a dingleberry went into a McDonald’s in Massachusetts and got all offended because he saw a Halloween decoration, a sticker depicting, among other things, a body hanging from a tree. Said the dingleberry: “My friends and I were completely shocked that a large establishment like McDonald’s would put decorations like these up for all to see. It’s disgusting, insensitive and I can’t believe someone thought this was a good idea.” And as we would expect, McDonald’s apologized and removed the sticker. “We deeply regret that these decorations were on display, and as soon as we identified the inappropriate content, we immediately removed the decorations display. Creating an environment that is welcoming and inclusive to all our guests and employees is critically important to us, and we apologize for any unintended offense they may have had on our community.” Spineless pandering.
The only racism involved here is that existing in the mind of the person who did the complaining, the one who saw a cartoon image of a hanging IN A HALLOWEEN DECORATION and immediately saw it as a reference to the lynching of black people in the old South. I have run plenty of Halloween haunted attractions, and I’ve hanged many a mannequin from a tree. Not for one second did it enter my mind that I was creating a depiction of a hate crime, nor did it ever enter the minds of the hundreds of people who saw those scenes. Because I and they all realized IT WAS JUST A FRIGGIN’ HALLOWEEN DECORATION.
First it was “racist” jack-o-lanterns and now this. Sheesh!
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
MORTUI VELOCES SUNT!