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.
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.
hogan’s heroes is the greatest show in the history of television.
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.
I LOVE YOU!
Can we make out now?
Brilliant, honest and bold. You are a Rockin’ Muthafukkah, Lady B.
gosh, THANK YOU, georgie lyons! you are a real goddamned mensch, sir! xoxo
“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.
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
The nazis made LAMPSHADES out of skin… We can make comedy out of tragedy.
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…
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.)
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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