This is bloody stupid.
So, an American talk-show host encouraged parents to give their children garbage "early Christmas presents" and record their responses. This journal is directed to everyone who does this sort of thing to young kids and enjoys seeing them bawl their eyes out.
Oh, and I'm very glad that some of the older kids realized it was a joke and took it well. But I'm with the last boy, Kimmel. Good on ya, kid. That said, I believe most of the blame for this lies with the parents - I doubt he realized some parents would take this so far.
Look, I'm not a humorous, beige-colored killjoy. I crusade against such people as best I conveniently can. I can understand the value of a good practical joke, but this bullshit is just far too common and it is not funny. It's just cruel.
I thought this behavior was limited to mean-spirited siblings and sociopaths, but parents and uncles too seem to think that it's hilarious to reduce a child to wracking sobs. They justify it by saying that "it was only a joke" and, in this case, that they would give them their real Christmas presents on the day.
But a child's emotions aren't toys for your amusement.
You were joking, it wasn't their real present. Good for you. But the distress that they felt was very real; they were crushed by the belief that one of the days they looked forward to the most over the entire year (many of them likely only remembered 3 or 4 Christmases in their entire life) was ruined, and that their parents didn't care enough to get them a decent present. Or at the very least, they opened one present early and it turned out to be utter crap.
Don't you see what's wrong with this? Some of these parents made their own child cry his or her heart out, then stood there with a video camera!
How is it amusing to incite despair and disappointment in a young child? The reason they fell for it is because they trust you so implicitly and utterly. They don't expect a trick, don't expect you to lie to them to do this to them.
Of course, further justification and defense of this nonsense is unavoidable. "It didn't hurt them! It was only some tears!" Yeah, and saying shit like that just makes you seem even more pathetic and callous to me.
It's always "just" tears. If your son skins his knees, it'll "just" be some pain and tears - he won't actually be hurt by it. Right? But you'd rush to comfort him and stem those tears.
The difference between the emotional pain of thinking Christmas is ruined for another year (and your parents find it hilarious or unimportant that you're crying, so they don't care) and skinning your knee (which doesn't actually hurt that bad) is slight. I don't see the dividing line that tells me it's okay to start mocking instead of comforting.
Yes, they fell for it. Yes, young children are gullible. I've teased quite a few kids in my life, but never to the point where they felt devastated (and in the case of some of these parents, kept the "joke" going to make SURE they were devastated).
They're young children. You're reducing them to tears and laughing at it. You're recording it so the entire world can laugh at them. How can heartbroken children be funny? If you did this to a close adult friend that trusted you, and you're not a 4Chan fuckwit-troll, and they reacted like this, would you laugh and record them?
Is it going to hurt them in the long run? No.
Does that mean that making them distressed like that temporarily is okay? No.
Did they enjoy what you did to them? No. This was a joke at their expense. There's nothing funny to them about this, or when they fell off their trampoline onto their face and you sent that in to America's Funniest Home Videos. But at least that time you didn't shove them off the trampoline yourself.
Their emotions aren't your toys. You hurt them (even if just temporarily) for your own amusement. I'm not trying to criticize people having fun, I'm criticizing them having it at the expense of a five-year-old's emotional distress. A parent shouldn't do this, at least not the way they did in the majority of those videos.
Feel free to mock me. Yeah, I'm such a "bleeding heart." At least I'm not the one who finds trusting, loving, emotional children crying their hearts out to be amusing.
Finally, for those wankers saying the children are "self-entitled" because some poor kids aren't getting any presents: go to hell and wake up, you pseudo-enlightened pricks.
What, are you going to hold the standards and expectations we adults have forced on these children against THEM? They aren't self-entitled, they're disappointed and saddened because someone got their hopes up and then smashed them.
I know a little girl who wrote the following in a Christmas card last year: "Dear Jesus. Can nobody be sad on Christmas and can you you ask Santa to give presents to the poor please? I think Christmas is a day everyone should be happy on." This was strung up over the mantlepiece.
Our children are selfish and self-entitled.... FUCK you.
6 years, 10 months ago
16 Dec 2011 21:03 CET