Okay, so, the other day, over at somebody's else's blog (I am being maddeningly vague here on purpose, lest she get even more unwanted attention), she wrote about how she saw a little kid throw a tantrum. She had tweeted something along the lines of "Whoaaa ... Little kid full-bore freakout on the playground ... jeeeez."
And some PC douchecanoe promptly reprimanded her via email, reminding her that she didn't even CONSIDER that the kid might be special-needs, and HOW DARE SHE stare, and everybody needs to STOP MAKING FUN of the differently-abled, and ...
... oh holy Christ on a crutch.
LOOK. If some kid throws a screaming meemie fit on the playground, people are going to stare. At least at first, if only to try and locate where the uproar is coming from before seeing that it's just a kid having a meltdown and turning away. And, depending on the onlooker's age and social skills level, they may CONTINUE to stare. IT HAPPENS.
Let's see - how can I put this? If I go tearing through Walmart with underwear on my head screaming "booga booga booga", I am going to be treated differently than if I am quietly picking out apples. It has nothing to do with whether I am special-needs, full-on schizophrenic, or just took an extra strong hit of acid, people are going to stare at me. And comment. And tweet.
But to suggest that those people are not ALLOWED to stare or comment or tweet, because it's NOT NICE? It's being INSENSITIVE to my needs?
Oh BULLSHIT. Cry me a f*cking river.
And that's all I've got to say about that.