Letter: Sensitivity to online postings can be taken too far
At what point did people become so sensitive to humor that we are now forced to double check even "mild" humor out of fear of hurting someone's feelings?
I recently shared an image posted on Facebook to my business group page (comprised of present and former students who have attended my driving school). These students know me, they understand my humor, and we often share in back-and-forth banter as my program is about making driver's education fun.
The shared image was of two young kids riding in a toy electric car. The young girl was driving with a big grin on her face while the young boy in the passenger seat had a look of fear on his. The caption stated "Every man has this look when his wife is driving." It was cute, and both male and female students shared the same reaction.
A parent saw this and was very offended. She called me a "sexist" within this group of teens. I quickly removed the post and apologized for any offense that was taken. The conversation went back and forth in which she then reposted a twisted version of what I had said to all her friends, tarnishing my personal character and my driving school.
I'm an advocate of freedom of speech, but I feel she crossed the line. It is disappointing.