Today’s post is inspired by some of the silly stuff I see in everyday life that astounds me with its stupidity. For example, I was just watching a comedy show on TV when a commercial featuring actress Jenny McCarthy, of anti-childhood-vaccinations fame, came on advertising a brand of electronic cigarettes.
Now, let me get this straight: This so-called health freak who has done more to re-introduce deadly diseases back into society than Typhoid Mary is advertising cigarettes. For one thing, I thought it was illegal to advertise cigarettes in the first damn place—electronic or not—and for another, I find it cruelly ironic that she’s glorifying smoking while encouraging American parents not to vaccinate their kids against measles, mumps. whooping cough et. al. I wish she’d STFU and go away before she gets those unvaccinated kids hooked on e-cigarettes.
Speaking of obnoxious advertising, I also loathe the commercials for alcoholic beverages which carry the tagline “Drink Responsibly”. Really?? I know WHY the companies do that; they figure the token disclaimer absolves them of any guilt associated with enticing young consumers to use their products by glamorizing the consumption of a poisonous substance. Sorry to say it, but there’s enough stupidity out there that some of ’em really do believe that a few bottles of Dos Equis will make them seem worldly and interesting. I don’t always bitch about commercials on TV, but when I do, I prefer to hate on the booze ads.
Here’s another thing that gets me. Young males seem to be overwhelmingly prone to ridiculous stunts, and there’s a mass market for TV shows featuring them lighting farts, diving out of second-floor windows into swimming pools, and inventing new and novel ways of using skateboards to injure themselves. There’s a host of Top 20 Dumbest (Drivers/Brawlers/Partyers/fill in the blank); and then there’s 1000 Ways To Die and Ridiculousness.
All of them are hilarious until the moment when you realize that these idiot-sticks have absolutely NO idea that they’re going to get hurt…..that’s when you actually start feeling sorry for them. (Well, not really, but at least you think you feel sorry for them because that’s what nice people do.)
One of the episodes we watched tonight showed one poor dip-wad who decided that jumping off the roof of his house onto a trampoline and then off the trampoline into the pool was just a dandy idea. Now, this sounds like fun, and in another lifetime even I, as a tomboy in my youth, might have done it on a dare. To his credit, the kid calculated his jumps carefully and had the trampoline optimally positioned, he had a friend recording the proceedings, and he had more friends as spotters. What could possibly go wrong?
He made it, but not in the manner he’d planned. He wound up taking an extra bounce from the trampoline onto the concrete edge of the pool before landing in the water. But what got me was his reaction: he actually had the nerve to be surprised that he busted his ass. He was crying and yelling “Why (bleep)?! How the (bleep) could this happen? (Bleepin’) OWWWWWW!!” Uh, maybe because you forgot the laws of (bleepin’) gravity?