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I've noticed some very disturbing things lately (IMO), and needed to write something about it. I've posted this on a couple of forums I frequent and thought I'd put it here for discussion too.

Who will vow not to tell or pass on the recently "fashionable" jokes about crimes against children? I certainly will.

Some people say that jokes are their way of dealing with stressful situations. My opinion is that is BS (you can form your own). You aren't the one under stress, unless you are one of the victims, and I seriously doubt the children or their parents are making the jokes to deal with what is going on. The crimes do not deserve to have the stress alleviated, it should weigh heavily on the public. If it doesn't, then it isn't given the gravity that it needs.

How many Catholic priest jokes have you heard on late night TV, sitcoms or on the internet? How many jokes will come of this MJ situation? It removes peoples' awareness of what action really takes place in a crime like this and desensitizes the public.

"Did you hear the one about the 6 year old, who always tells his parents he loves them and hugs them before going to school, who got sexually fondled by a sick perverted adult, that he trusted because he was an entertainer?"

"How about the one about the boy who was trying to do God's service at an early age, loved everyone he met but was betrayed by the one person outside of his family that he thought he could trust implicitly?"

Yeah, real funny. The world is losing sight of what a TRUE victim is amid all the frivolous lawsuits for spilled coffee and slipping on a wet floor. These are the most innocent victims possible, young children, who don't even know what a crime is, much less of this nature, who have their whole lives in front of them. They are still at the truly innocent stage in their lives. Blame the priest, blame Michael Jackson, blame the parents whatever. It's the children who are paying the price and are really the ones being made a joke of.

WHO WILL VOW NOT TO STOOP TO THESE DAMAGING JOKES? EVEN IF YOU'VE ALREADY DONE SO, NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO GIVE IT SOME THOUGHT AND STOP IT FROM THIS DAY FORWARD.

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Points well taken Bill.

The state of the Media and its control over what we see and hear is deplorable.

Case in point:

Yesterday morning, I had the privilege of being able to see Tony Blair and President Bush during their live joint speech and press conference. I watched on Fox News, but just out of curiosity, I checked MSNBC and CNN. All were carrying the broadcast.

GOD BLESS THE BRITS :D

Then I checked NBC, CBS, ABC, and UPN. None of the commecial, mainstream media were carrying the broadcast. And note that this was also at the same time as the bombings in Istanbul, Turkey and was mentioned several times by Dubya and Blair.

Then......................shortly afterwards, Michael Jackson, read: FREAK, took over the news and was the predominant story the rest of the day on ALL networks, and it continued into the night.

NO, the American public isn't involved in the War on Terror, we're apparently more interested in the welfare of our 'Entertainers'. :roll:

As for using sarcastic or moronic humor about child abuse, I agree and it's quite saddening to see so much media focus immediately on the FREAK. What is also maddeningly saddening is to see the adulation of the FREAK by his 'fans' as if he is someone 'important' or 'royalty'. :roll:

The use of morbid humor can be diagnosed as a valid stress reaction, however. It's quite common for those in highly stressful jobs or situations to 'dehumanize' fellow humans with derogatory names to help deal with the situation(s). This is most evident with military people who give names to the enemy (Nips, Huns, VC, Gooks, etc.) and the inevitable jokes/humor that develops around those names.

As a 14-year veteran as a Paramedic, we had our own sick sense of humor when dealing with ugly, messy, disgusting, abnormal situations.

Now, knowing what's acceptable and not isn't always easy. I'm no fan of the Catholic Church and welcome the humor that comes with making fun, but I don't care for the 'over-the-top' stuff that gets too close to the terrible abuse some of the victims suffered.

The question about the media coverage that I keep asking myself is: Is the general public 'that' interested in Michael Jackson or are the newsroom editors deluded into thinking the public is 'that' interested in him? I have to turn the channel everytime something comes on about him because he's just nauseating with or without the allegations/charges.

Cheers,
 
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