“It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important things.” – Robert M. Hutchins
Yesterday, I saw an article on Facebook that really got to me. After reading it, I went about the rest of my day with my thoughts tied to what I had seen. No matter what I did, I couldn’t escape the aggravation it caused me. It was an article trivializing abortion. Now, I understand that people have differing opinions on the subject of abortion, and though that bothers me, I accept it as the state in which we live. What I cannot accept is the trivialization of something so brutal.
The article, from Bustle.com concerned a married couple, Grayson and Tina Haver Currin, who, upset with anti-abortion protesters around their local abortion clinic, decided to create a counter protest. This counter protest involves signs they consider to be funny, advocating for trivial things. The signs say things like “Bring back crystal Pepsi,” and “I like turtles.” They even posed for a picture next to a pro-life protester, and their sign read “Women’s rights expert.” Their intent is to mock those who protest the slaughter of children.
The article praised Grayson and Tina as geniuses for their whimsy, and lighthearted attitude. According to Bustle:
“Grayson notes that although there’s a lot of humor in what he and Tina do, there’s more to it than just giggles. ‘While it’s true that we’re mocking people, we consider the chief value of what we’re doing the solidarity that we demonstrate for the individuals or families that need to use the clinic’s services for whatever reasons they may have,’ he said to the Daily Dot. ‘Generally, upon arrival, they only encounter hate. We want to offer a rejoinder, however slight. And we also hope to show passersby on the busy thoroughfare that the far religious right need not be the only ones with a voice; those with progressive views have one, too, and we should use it.'”
I’m curious to know if these whimsical geniuses would find it funny to hold a “Bring back crystal Pepsi” sign next to a photo of a dead, mutilated Iraq war soldier. If progressives, such as themselves, were protesting the Iraq war, and its casualties, would they be delighted to see someone mocking them? In light of the brutality of the Taliban, would a whimsical poster-board sign be considered praiseworthy? No, it would be savage. If Grayson and Tina Haver Currin were protesting something as gruesome as female genital mutilation, would a “Bring back crystal Pepsi” sign be just hilarious? No. It would be outrageous, and wildly cruel. So why do they think it’s ok to make light of a procedure that many Americans understand to be murder? Either they don’t know any better, or they are truly heartless individuals.
Grayson and Tina Haver Currin are ignorant in the most abhorrent way. They seem to be unaware of the actual procedure of abortion. And if they do understand what really goes on in an abortion clinic, the fact that limbs being clamped off, and heads being vacuumed apart doesn’t give them pause when they are making their hilarious signs, makes me question their basic humanity.
Abortion, whether or not you are pro-life, is a serious subject. Making light of it is not only a sign of supreme ignorance, but one of inhuman savagery. Shame on Grayson and Tina Haver Currin, and shame on bustle.com for praising them.