Dear Michelle Wolf, I Did Not Find Your Jokes About Abortion Funny

Dear Michelle Wolf, I Did Not Find Your Jokes About Abortion Funny

What made you think it was funny?
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You can call me “butt hurt.” You can call me “sensitive.” I really don’t care what you call me, but comedian Michelle Wolf’s jokes about abortion at the WHCD were NOT funny.

Michelle, did you know that there were 652,639 abortions in the United States in 2014? That’s 652,639 babies who did not get a chance at life. Did you know that are life changing side effects? How is that funny?

What made you think to joke about something of that nature? I’m pretty sure you know that it causes a big debate across the nation. Your joke was distasteful, insensitive, and uncalled for. Abortion is a topic that should NOT be joked about.

I don’t care if you’re President Trump or Vice President Pence, abortion is not something to joke about.

Michelle, there are so many other things to joke about other than topics that people have strong feelings about. Abortion is a sensitive topic. It should be talked about in a professional way, not in jokes.

Michelle, I understand you make a living off being a comedian, but making jokes about topics like abortion is not a smart move.

Personally, I do not support abortion. I'm almost sure that those who do support it were just as upset as I am. It is a serious matter. It's just sickens me to hear Michelle joke about something like that. Actually, I have never even heard of her until the WHCD. Well, the impression I have of her now is bad and I am NOT a fan. In my opinion, her whole speech was bad. To make it better, she isn't even sorry about the things she said. Michelle, I am upset with your choice of jokes. I know to take a joke because I'm funny, but joking about a sensitive topic is out of line. I scrolled through comments on YouTube and most users described her jokes as "vile." I agree on that, but me being who I am, I would choose harsher words.

Now for those who want to come at me with the freedom of speech line, go ahead. It will not change my opinion. Don’t even waste your time trying to inform be about it because I already know it. Actually, don’t even cause your fingers to cramp up trying to argue with me. I’m not here to start an argument. I’m here to state my opinion.

You can only joke about so much until you joke about a sensitive topic. It struck a nerve in me and I have every reason to be upset about it. We are all entitled to our own opinions and I would like to hear some of yours (no arguing though.)

So Michelle, I hope you learned a lesson from this (don't knock it till you try it.)

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The Impact Of Technology On The Younger Generation

What effect will growing up in an “age of technology” have on the younger generation?
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By now, everyone knows what a prominent role technology plays in our society. It is nearly impossible to go a day without hearing something about technology on the news in some form, whether it is good or bad. Usually, these stories focus on the effect that it has on teenagers, since they are the group that is most heavily involved with using it; however, now, more than ever, kids and pre-teens are beginning to use technology just as much as teenagers and adults do. Unlike teenagers and adults, though, the younger generation has been raised with this constant influx of technology around them— they practically do not know life without it. What does this mean for them? What kind of impact will this have on them, both now and in the future? Overall, will this have a positive or negative effect on how they grow up?

In a way, growing up in an “age of technology” is a double-edged sword. While it has an abundance of advantages, it has just as many, if not more, disadvantages.

First, the advantages. The use of technology from a very young age helps in schools, due to the fact that it helps students want to learn, as well as makes it possible for each student to learn at their own pace. Additionally, it allows learning to become more interactive than it has ever been before. Kids essentially have the world readily available at their fingertips— if they want to know something they can look it up on the Internet and in just a few seconds have an answer.

Then, for the disadvantages, which many argue are much stronger than the advantages. Growing up with technology continuously around them, kids have a greater chance of becoming dependent on it, and become overly used to relying on it for everything. Among other effects, this can have a serious impact on their social skills. If kids and pre-teens communicate primarily through texting, social media, etc., from a young age, it is all they will know, and, as they get older, they will not be able to interact with others the same way they would if they were behind the screen of a device.

Kids are also more likely to follow what they see. For example, if they see their older sibling or parent constantly on their phone or laptop, they will do the same. Most kids today would rather stay inside and watch television or play video games then go outside to play. If they learn these habits now, it will be incredibly hard for them to break out of them. This will only lead to future generations becoming more and more introverted and technology obsessed in the years to come.

The bottom line is that having kids and pre-teens grow up in a world that is so influenced by technology has both good and bad effects on them. There is nothing wrong with their use of it, as long as it is balanced with them doing activities that kids should be doing, like going outside and playing catch or jumprope, or reading a book. There is no escaping technology— society just needs to learn how to use it in a way that is more beneficial than it is harmful.

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Our Leaders Need A 'Time-Out'

We all learned a few essential rules as children.

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As I look watch the news, I can't help but wonder if the lessons we learned as children might not serve our leaders well. They seem to have forgotten these basic lessons. I am reminded of the book by Robert Fulghum "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."

Watch out, hold hands, and stick together.

I think this could be useful in a couple of different contexts. First, the current divisiveness in the country doesn't serve us well. We are first and foremost, a part of the family of humankind. Differences in politics, religion, and so on come in far behind that one important attribute. What happened to the notion of agreeing to disagree?

Second, when leaders get off a plane in another country, they should remember who they came with and who they represent - "watch out, hold hands, and stick together."

Clean up your own mess.

Trump seems to take great pleasure in blaming everyone else for their "mess." The government shutdown was someone else's fault – any Democrat. When the stock market went up, he happily took credit, but when it went down, he quickly shifted gears and placed the blame on the Federal Reserve Chairman. Daily and hourly tweets out of the White House place blame on someone else for his "mess." Sadly, he still likes to blame Obama and Hillary for his mess.

Don't lie.

Politicians have always had a bad reputation when it comes to honesty. Still, the number of lies that we hear from Trump (and members of his staff) is unprecedented even for a politician.

We all learned these lessons when we were little more than five years old. Now more than any time in history I think our leaders need a " time out" to re-learn these lessons.

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