June 6, 2007
…A father watched his young daughter playing in the garden. He smiled as he reflected on how sweet and pure his little girl was. Tears formed in his eyes as he thought about her seeing the wonders of nature through such innocent eyes. Suddenly she just stopped and stared at the ground. He went over to her to see what work of God had captured her attention, where he noticed she was looking at two spiders mating.
“Daddy, what are those two spiders doing?” she asked.
“They’re mating,” her father replied.
“What do you call the spider on top?” she asked.
“That’s a Daddy Longlegs,” her father answered.
“So, the other one is a Mommy Longlegs?” the little girl asked.
As his heart soared with the joy of such a cute and innocent question he replied “No dear, both of them are Daddy Longlegs.”
The little girl, looking a little puzzled, thought for a moment, then took her foot and stomped them flat.
“Well, we’re not having any of that gay shit in our garden.” she said.
I know it’s just a joke, but I could totally see this happening. Maybe that’s why this joke reminded me why cheap humor is so harmful.
Part of why I think these jokes are so damaging is that they are funny. IMHO, all too often the comedic quality of the joke gives life to a little piece of hate.
This joke also goes right along with my theory that bigotry/hate starts at a young age, and at home. …And more and more often, online.
To summarize my thoughts; I think jokes at someone else’s expense are cheap…Cheap, but also funny…And something we should all discourage for both those reasons.