When Is a Joke No Longer Funny?

Yesterday I saw a video on Facebook. It had been shared¬†by two people who are wonderful, loving people, and the title of the video was “Good, clean…funny!” It’s a video that seems to have first been posted online in 2011, but was posted on Facebook two days ago, and has gone viral. (I’m not going to link to it. If you have to see it, you can Google it.)

The video, which runs less than two minutes, is two teen boys pranking a third (their “friend”, according to one site I found) in a community shower using the “never-ending shampoo” prank. (Clean fun? Get it?) And when I first started watching it, it was funny. But then you start to hear distress in the victim’s voice. Then he starts saying, “Help me. Help me,” and it sounds to me like he’s crying. He may not be actually crying, but he is asking for help, and you can see him getting more frantic as the video goes on. Continue reading

Help Us Help a Local Family #autism

One of the families in my local special-needs support group experienced a job loss in December and we’re trying to raise enough funds to allow the family to stay until the end of the school year so their son with autism will experience less disruption. You can read more on my special-needs blog, and even if you can’t or don’t want to donate, please help by sharing that post.