For a while, Mom's annual birthday gift was the latest copy of the Truly Tasteless Joke books. She also was a particular fan of the no arms and no legs jokes. (There is a notable omission on that link. "Who's The Guy With No Arms and No Legs and no Tongue Hanging on the Wall?" "Tasteless Art." I don't know how they missed that.)
I was thinking about taste when I heard the NPR interview of The Onion the other day, and they were talking about The Onion's response to 9/11. In another article they mentioned the headline axed from the 9/11 issue, "America Stronger Than Ever, Say Quadragon Officials." I was waiting for them to tell the NPR reporter, but the interview didn't go there. So I wondered, was it still too callous?
I remember renting party supplies for Christmas 2001, and everyone in line agreed they didn't feel like Christmas this year because of the attacks. And every year I wonder if it's time for someone to take a flour shower on Halloween and go as a WTC almost-victim. I mean, there is this, but that's someone dressed up as the buildings.
And here is where I meant to ask, "How long after the Kennedy assassination before people started dressing up as Jackie in blood-stained Chanel?" but evidently they didn't, or they were not photographed. Look, they won't even do it in Chicago.
Speaking of tasteless costumes, was I the only one who saw a child at her door on Halloween in blackface? And an afro wig? I didn't do more than look in horror because the child was also wearing a football jersey, and I thought perhaps this white child might really admire Doug Williams.
Perhaps there's a fifty-year grace period, like there was with Nazis. So, let's start looking for the bloody Chanel in 2013.