Daily Prompt: Cringe-Worthy – Funny you should ask!

As long as I can remember, I have hated watching people make fools of themselves. I was probably no more than 6 when I found myself running from the room at one of many episodes of “Lucy” in which she does something humiliating.

Humiliation

Rather than finding it funny, I find myself identifying with the embarrassment. I can’t help but think how awful I would feel if it were me. Humiliation is a horrible feeling, often impossible to forget no matter how many years pass.

Humor that depends on embarrassing or making fun of people does not make me laugh. I love witty dialogue, literary allusion, puns. I love parody and all kinds of cleverness, but with the exception of villainous bad guys who more than deserve whatever they get, I never want to see anyone embarrassed. I hate cruelty, mental or physical and cannot watch it, even when I know it’s fake.

Not surprisingly, I was one of the kids who got teased and bullied. Way too sensitive. It’s 60 years later; I’m still too sensitive.



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  1. “… I found myself running from the room at one of many episodes of “Lucy” in which she does something humiliating.”

    Dead on! This is why I could never watch Jerry Lewis. Other people thought it was great stuff, but I just couldn’t stand it. Sorry Jerry.

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  2. Very well said, Marilyn! I would also include those who think it is funny when an animal runs into a door or a bird crashes into a window. Not funny! They have feelings, too and definitely endure pain. The most humiliating moment I still remember happened when I was a freshman in college. Someone found a picture of me in a swimsuit, pinned it to the bulletin board of the administrative building with ‘whale legs’ written in red ink…’whale’ on one and ‘legs’ on the other. I will never forget the feeling!

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    • I hate those videos of people and animals getting hurt. I don’t know what people think is so funny about them. And I’ve never understood the whole bullying humiliation thing. I’ve, like you, been the victim of it but never felt inclined to do it to anyone else even if they deserved it so to speak. It’s just wrong.

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  3. I find it truly hysterical when I do something that is so completely boneheaded it’s beyond cringe worthy. I did an earlier blogpost (I think) where I wrote about my short abortive battle with and automatic grocery store door. I do not think it’s hysterical when I see someone else do it. Most folks do not handle cringe moments well and my heart goes out to the ones that I can see plainly have been not just mortified, but have most likely been scarred by the event. Great post!

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    • Thanks. The only time it’s funny is when it’s a baby or someone who really does think it’s funny. But other peoples’ pain doesn’t amuse me. Oh well.

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      • I really hate these “funny” videos where people have been so obviously injured by their calamitous actions. As you say, pain does not amuse.

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        • I’m glad it’s not just me. That kind of stuff is so popular, I’ve always wondered what I’m missing … or what other people are missing!

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  4. This needs to be said. And heard.

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    • Thank you. I’ve always felt this way and not surprisingly, caught a lot of flak for it.

      On Sun, Apr 28, 2013 at 12:14 PM, SERENDIPITY

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  5. Well put, exactly how I feel!

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