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Live (ignorantly) out loud


This bumper sticker was posted on the back of a car driven by a member of Mensa. Not.

While I was out getting coffee this morning I saw a car with a bumper sticker that read, “You’d be able to drive better if you took your cell phone and shoved it up your ass.”

There’s a refreshing bit of subtlety.

I’ve noticed the meanness of some bumper stickers for some time now. Many years ago, parents starting putting bumper stickers on their cars that said, “Proud parents of an honors student.” It wasn’t long before I started seeing stickers that read, “My kid can beat up your honors student.” In other words, bullying is admirable.

One recent trend is bumper stickers that depict stick figures representing the families in the vehicle. You might see a mom, a dad, two girls, a boy and a dog. Or you see families with just a mom and kids. Or a dad and kids. Or more than one pet. The combinations seem endless.

The other day I saw a bumper sticker that said, “No one cares about your stick figure family.” On this sticker, a stick figure with a club was laying into the family, which was falling like bowling pins.

Then there are the stickers that show a mischievous boy (a rough duplicate of Calvin in “Calvin and Hobbes”) pissing in an arcing stream on something: a Ford Motor Co. logo, the New York Yankees crest, etc. These aren’t mean so much as they are crude. Like the stickers above, they express a certain lack of class, to put it in the kindest terms.

Don’t get me wrong. These folks have every right to express stupid ideas. Free speech means free speech, right?

Still, though, it's sad to see such evidence that in our culture, the loudest voices seem increasingly to be coming from people who represent far less than the best in us.

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anita_margarita
Jan. 14th, 2015 07:08 pm (UTC)
I suppose it was always this way to some degree, but more and more I see slogans in place of thought. Facebook is a particular hotbed of bumper sticker theology and political statements.

Share if you agree.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 14th, 2015 10:21 pm (UTC)
"Slogans in place of thought." That nails it.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 14th, 2015 11:38 pm (UTC)
My favorite (not) bumper sticker said "my kid had sex with your honor student." Words escape me... tc
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 15th, 2015 12:11 am (UTC)
You've gotta wonder what some people are thinking. Or not thinking.
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