Another appalling example of children being exploited for the delight of the masses. This genre is amongst the sickest public spectacles afloat today: In a full stadium, a child is surprised by the appearance of his or her father (haven't seen a mother yet) back from deployment. The video is replayed by millions. The poor kid's vulnerablity is on display for all to see, and people think it is tear jerking and cute--no worry about the exploitation of the kid. 


I put these sick displays right up there with piercing a toddler's ears in the utter unthinking use of a child to satisfy the emotional needs of adults. 



Another appalling example of children being exploited for the delight of the masses. This genre is amongst the sickest public spectacles afloat today: In a full stadium, a child is surprised by the appearance of his or her father (haven't seen a mother yet) back from deployment. The video is replayed by millions. The poor kid's vulnerablity is on display for all to see, and people think it is tear jerking and cute--no worry about the exploitation of the kid. 

I put these sick displays right up there with piercing a toddler's ears in the utter unthinking use of a child to satisfy the emotional needs of adults.