Opinion: The roaster had it right


Commentary by Jason Peek

As I watch our overly sensitive world cry and march around destroying things to get their points across to the rest of us (so we can be more like them), I started to wonder:

  • What happened to the old World War II attitude where you ate nails and drank beer for breakfast?
  • What happened to the days when you were taught to be tough, because it was a tough world and there were no handouts, only hard work.

I had to laugh at all the posturing as I watched the old Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts featuring black, white, Jewish and other religions represented among the comedians as they shared cocktails and cigarettes and lovingly cracked on each other with racial jokes, religious jokes and physical and sexual jokes. They all laughed at each other and themselves for who they were.  Dean Martin, a drunk; Don Rickels, a chubby, balding Jew; and Sammy Davis Jr., a black Jew, among others. On and on it went, and at the end of every roast they were all hugging, kissing and laughing with each other as they headed out to party together in Las Vegas. As it should be.

Yes, it’s true they actually let the remarks roll off their backs and didn’t take offense to the jokes. They didn’t whine and cry like over-emotional children. Why? Because they all realized that it doesn’t matter who you are, what color you are or “whatever,” because we all have something to make fun of, and everyone at some point in life will be offended, stolen from, punched or dissed by a friend or loved one, among other such acts.

Let us all be a little tougher in life and quit crying about everything that doesn’t go our way – or maybe just even remember that we all think differently than others sometimes, and that’s OK, just as long as we are not infringing with our oh-so important opinions.

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