Frankie Boyle, a British comedian thought it funny to crack jokes about handicapped children, even as a couple sat in his audience who have a child with Down’s Syndrome. But, in fairness, Boyle also went on to make jokes about Jews, which, for some people, is perfectly OK. Over in America, Mel Gibson, who was on the side of Jesus a few years ago, is now once again ranting and raving about his Russian girl friend who he thought was a pig who deserved to be raped by a group from some minority group. Knowing Mel, we would assume he probably didn’t mean a Jewish minority group. A few years ago, Whoopi Goldberg, told an interviewer that while she did not completely approve of the rape by Roman Polanski of a 13 year old girl, “I know it wasn’t gang rape. It was something else, but I don’t believe it was gang rape.” Duh! Just imagine if Roman had raped a thirteen year old black girl! Of course, novelist Robert Harris explains away the entire episode as one that can be understood since in the 1960s men and women were having flings. And, “social mores change all the time.”
The United States last week witnessed a twenty-five year old man assume the role of dispenser of knowledge and wisdom by having an hour long TV special dealing with his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavalier basketball team and head for Miami. LeBron James is so filled with self importance he actually believes no one could go to sleep that night unless he told them how he would get a hundred million dollars! We live in the era of narcissism. After all, who could surpass Tea Party followers in ignorance about American history, let alone economics?