All posts tagged: Sensitive

Policing Outrage: Are We Too Sensitive About Insensitivity?

Folk singer Ani DiFranco is criticized for scheduling a retreat at a Louisiana plantation. Musician and popular DJ Questlove mocks how Japanese speak English by reversing his Ls and Rs. MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry features a panel on her show that makes fun of Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandson. Educator and school reform advocate Grant Wiggins refers to the practice in many schools of separate bathrooms and lunchrooms for teachers and students as “apartheid.” What do all of these incidents have in common? Charges of racial insensitivity, individuals on social media coming together to express varying degrees of disgust and disappointment with the person’s behavior, and, eventually, some sort of “apology” from the actor for any unintended offense. The cycle of outrage and apology for insensitive statements has become all too familiar. But have we become too sensitive about insensitivity? Who has the right to tell another person, “You have no right to be upset about that”? Who has the right to dictate what topics are and are not worthy of someone else’s ire? Online, …

Movie Night: 4 Deeply Emotional Films & 1 Callous Comedy

In which we explore the filmic concerns of a given theme, and find new and novel ways of putting together yet another Internet-based list of movies. The wrinkle here is our fifth pick will actually serve as the counter argument, the best representation of the direct opposite of our theme.    1. The Elephant Man (1980) Director: David Lynch Essential Characters: John Merrick (John Hurt), Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) Plotline: Well, you have this poor, miserable man with an awful, face-and-body disfiguring disease who is literally a circus sideshow until he’s rescued by a kindly doctor and found to be a sweet and deeply caring individual. Only he still can’t escape the essential cruelty and intolerance of his fellow humans, even as he’s given a second chance. Particular Sensitivities: Emotional. Based on a real-life story, David Lynch’s first studio film treads upon extremely powerful themes. As absolutely nightmarish as John Merrick’s life has been, he remains such a wonderful human being, it’s almost unbearable to watch. Like a wildly abused dog who still sweetly wags his tail when …

Margit’s Note: Why So Sensitive?

We’re just talking about feelings. Nothing more than, feelings. (In the great words of Morris Albert.) And “sensitive” is our theme this week. We’re kinda wondering if we’ve all become too sensitive — and is that such a bad thing? When insensitive statements fuel social media outrage and nationwide apologies — are we becoming more attuned? Or are we too sensitive to insensitivity. (Not to make your brain hurt.) Either way, allow us to become a little, sniff, emotive this week: Susan finds the art of crying and “real tears.” Carolyn explores recent, insensitive racial gaffes and asks, can you police outrage? Cheryl tackles a nasty online comment  that’s plagued her for 13 years. Piers offers 5 movies with feeling. In Front to Backlist, Bethann suggests a few books about friendship. Kristy plays I Spy to ignite her senses. Stacy and I battle our sensitive wits in She Said/ She Said. And finally, TueNight mascot pups, Dailo and Lola, give us their take. Be gentle. Love, Margit