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.