Oh, what an ugly week.
By now you all know the horrific tale of Cecil the Lion and the Midwestern dentist who paid 50 grand to shoot him. The internet responded with a vicious round of public shaming, which in this case seems appropriate.
We’ve really taken to the public pillory, haven’t we? Sometimes that’s absolutely wrong — lives are ruined over a moment of indiscretion. Can you imagine losing your job and your family over a thirty year-old photo of you wearing a “Muff Diver” trucker cap at a wet t-shirt contest? Just terrible.
On the other hand, sometimes the public shame machine lets us exercise our market-based right to vote with our feet, and that brings us to this week’s Choose and Defend. In order to play, you must follow two simple rules: 1) Choose one and only one of the following; 2) Defend your choice in the comments. Failure to follow either of these two rules will result in public shaming of Anthony Weiner proportions.
Would you rather:
A) Buy a pizza from a homophobic pizza place.
B) Have a cavity filled by a lion-shooting dentist.
Note that in the pizza scenario you’re starving, and in the dentist scenario your tooth is killing you. You could really use the services of either of these publicly humiliated businesses. Note also that your answers must fit inside a scarlet “A”, and come on people: Let’s make Laura B. proud.
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