read THIS, motherfuckers

I must respectfully disagree with those Facebookers who are offended by this delightful photo meme (none of whom are actually friends of mine, of course) and are calling it abhorrent, sickening, and cruel. By my way of thinking, jokes can be made about ANYTHING — and, in fact, SHOULD be made about anything. Humor diffuses, DEfuses, deconstructs, heals, and murders despair. Humor is what carries us through. Humor is what brings us that horizon, goddamnit.

Furthermore, this joke is not about the suffering, death, persecution, rape, or eradication of the indomitable Miss Frank — and is, in fact, all about the CELEBRATION of her life. Her youth. Her writing. Her humor. Her typical pain-in-the-ass teenagerdom. Her authorship of the MOST FAMOUS DIARY IN THE WORLD — and the profound change that she wrought on that world with her written thoughts of defiance, love, laughter, joy, and hope.

If you’ve read her diary, you know that all this young woman wanted — ALL SHE FUCKING WANTED — was just the chance to be a normal teenager…and to do the same normal things that EVERY teenager wants to do: Hang out with her friends. Dress in cute clothes. Look gorgeous. See and be seen. FALL IN LOVE. BELLY LAUGH. To deny her her normalcy by forbidding that her life and existence be celebrated with humor all these many years later…is to deny her her humanity…and, well, must I really state the obvious regarding that?

And let me go one further here: to those who have voiced their disapproval over this photo and joke — let me genuinely state that I am OFFENDED that you are offended. It is hateful, closed-minded, small-minded, joyless thinking that brought us the horrors of the 20th Century in the first place.

I, for one, think that Miss Frank — who was essentially the very first TEEN BLOGGER — would have LOVED not only the Internet and social media, but, most of all, THIS AWESOME MEME.

About muffybolding

Muffy Bolding is a mother/writer/actor/knitter/feminist/withered debutante who likes the smell of asparagus pee, and remains obsessed with the bathroom hygiene of her three children -- despite the fact that they are 23, 19, and 16. She is blissfully married to a cute Jewish boy who looks like Willie Wonka, but remains tragically in love with the dead poet, Ted Hughes. She has the mouth of a Teamster, and her patron saint is Rocco (pestilence relief.) Ms. Bolding lives in Southern California, where she enjoys typing words, making movies, and plucking the rings from the fingers of the dead. She was the co-creator and Editor-in-Chief of the award winning satire zine, Fresno Lampoon, and in between writing screenplays, carnival barking, and savagely threatening her trio of darling larvae with a wooden spoon, she currently publishes the zine, "Withered Debutante." More of her work can also be found in the anthology, "Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood and Other Creative Acts", the compilation zine, "Mamaphiles III: Coming Home", as well as in The Cortland Review and She is currently writing and producing for film and television, and working on a book of essays entitled, "Inside A Chinese Dragon." She has slept around, but not nearly as much as she would have liked.
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14 Responses to read THIS, motherfuckers

  1. DEWAYNE says:

    To go one step further, Sgt.Schultz on the television show “Hogan’s Heros” was a Jew.A genuine holocaust survivor from a death camp.He felt that the best way to overcome his trauma was to bufoon the Nazi regime by acting as foolish as possible on screen.Now, if he can muster up the courage to do what he did, we should all take a lesson.He had a pair of balls we should all admire.

  2. muffybolding says:

    good god. you have NO IDEA how much i want to make out with you for that AWESOME comment, dewayne link! the bottom line with ALL of this constant, annoying, “i am SO offended” horseshit, is that it simply comes down to intelligence. you are either smart enough to grok the notion that one can both CELEBRATE anne frank’s existence with humor AND mourn her tragic death at the hands of hateful, soulless monsters — or you’re not. why there has to be a line drawn in the sand of something as fluid and subjective as human response and emotion is beyond me. that line, i say, is for ignorant bastards and fascists. FUCK ‘EM.


  3. gijlyons says:

    Brilliant, honest and bold. You are a Rockin’ Muthafukkah, Lady B.

    • muffybolding says:

      gosh, THANK YOU, georgie lyons! you are a real goddamned mensch, sir! xoxo

      • gijlyons says:

        “Make Her Mine”
        I loved the description of you related in Purple Haze – so right on! You, m’lady are more original than Sin, Picasso or GaGa – your unique persona, brilliant observational ability, and rapier like wit coupled with a damn the torpedoes –
        no FUCK the torpedoes writing style combines to inform a Life Observer/Commentator/who is at times outrageous, amazing, sentimental, provocative and blunt -but Muffy Bolding is always honest and is eminently read worthy by anyone who dare to think outside boxes, circles or squares. Ms Muffy is a toughie with a heart that Neil Young would seek and secure.

  4. muffybolding says:

    you just made me cry, herr georg. this is honestly one of my favorite things anybody’s ever written about me. EVER. thank you again, sir — it means more than you could know. xoxo

  5. Jackie Beat says:

    The nazis made LAMPSHADES out of skin… We can make comedy out of tragedy.

  6. Terrika says:

    AMINT! She will probably be horribly offended the adults are reading and interpreting her words! As a former teen, I pretended to hate when adults tried to relate to me; but deep down she popped the cherry on how a societal situation was going on in the world. As a teen, your environment is your WHOLE world.

    People need to not get butthurt over comedy. I got flack for a meme I made of MJ with an obvious texturizer that says “Brothers be like I got Indian in my family”. It was funny as hell because in the black community people do dumb stuff to their hair to look outside of their natural…

  7. I am seriously geek crushing on you Ms. M! I’m really enjoying your posts and glad to have met you recently. Looking forward to more of your thoughts! (I wish I had something witty or pithy to say, but I am too fucking tired right now.)

  8. Timothy white says:

    Dear Ms. Muffy,
    I am recently acquainted with you through my Facebook friendship with Mario Diaz. I COULD NOT have articulated my thoughts and feelings about humor being the best medicine any better than you just did. Just know that at least one God-fearing fag in the Bible Belt totally agreed with you! 🙂

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