The level of boot-licking and moral panic in the replies throughout the thread is astounding.

If ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ were IRL, these people would be scolding the boy for laughing at the naked emperor.
It’s the same dumb instinct that gets people to say stuff like “Why didn’t they just comply with the officer” or “You don’t have to like the President but you have to respect the office.”

There’s no virtue in bootlicking.
Also, I assume some of those scolds were once cool, irreverent kids.

Today’s kids are awesome. They might be obnoxious, but they have a way better understanding of How Things Work than Gen X kids ever did.
And the BLM doesn’t happen without kids, or very-recently-kids standing up to the adults.

The football camp kid wasn’t exactly speaking truth to power, but the world needs that chutzpah.
It’s okay to knock powerful people down a peg. Really. They’re going to be fine. But we all benefit when the mouthy kids talk trash to the rich and powerful.
Okay, mostly unrelated episode:

Like 15 years ago, I was having a nice bike ride through a less gentrified part of Brooklyn and a bunch of kids opened a fire hydrant on me....
My first thought: “WTF?”

My second thought: “Oh snap, I thought they only did this in movies. I wish I’d done something like that as a kid.”

How could I not be happy for the hydrant kids?
Anyway, if you’re over 18, don’t be a stan, don’t defend the honor of other adults and don’t put politician names in hashtags in your profile.

All those people can handle themselves.

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