In this Post Sanity world we now live in, there seems to be an open competition to see who is the most risible.
A couple of weeks ago we had the strange case of a teacher telling six year olds to write an imaginary love letter from a king to his manservant! Now seriously, what the fuck is that all about? In my day I was taught to treat everyone with respect regardless, and at six I was blissfully unaware of sex in any form let alone any concept of special respect for anyone with a made up gender I have since modified that so that I treat anyone older than me with respect and anyone younger with varying degrees of contempt. Strangely enough, that becomes easier each year.
Then we had the Kleenex farce. “Man Size Tissues” that have been around for decades [and for some time as a mandatory item inside car rear windows] but now suddenly they are politically incorrect. Kleenex [the fucking wimps] have decided to change the brand because of “complaints”. Smack me with a wet haddock if I’m wrong, but I don’t remember any street protests? How many complaints? Thousands? Hundreds? My guess a a few keyboard warriors on Twitter.
Now it’s the so called Arts. Keira Knightly apparently has grave issues with “The Little Mermaid” because, from what I can gather, it’s not “The Little Merman”. Doubtless if the lead role was a merman there would be complaints that it was discrimination against women?
And Kristen Bell is complaining about Cinderella. From my somewhat sparse knowledge of the story, a prince kisses Cinderella thereby waking her from a magically induced sleep. Now this has been fine for many generations but now suddenly the poor prince is being accused at the very least of inappropriate sexual conduct up to and probably including rape.
Some years ago, I kissed my mother [on the forehead] without her permission which she would have been slow to give as she had just died.
Does that make me a necrophiliac?