(Closed) NWR – Spin Off – When is it okay to make fun of someone's medical conditions?

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Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Never? I guess I didn’t see the other thread when this was happening but I don’t see how this would ever be acceptable to me.

I suppose if you had a friend who was comfortable about making some lighthearted jokes about thier condition it’s fine to laugh along with them. But I don’t think it should ever be done in a malicious way.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

When they’re a Nazi cool

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Without any context – it seems the answer is never. 

Maybe it’s ok to make fun of your OWN health, if that somehow helps to break the ice or make people comfortable. But otherwise I don’t see the purpose or the humor in teasing over health isues? 

Is there something I’m missing from the original thread? 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

skylar84 :   hikingbride :  On a political thread regarding Steve Bannon, I said “I wonder if he’ll get his rosacea fixed before it permanently disfigures his face.” That’s obviously endorsing bullying everyone on earth with any and all medical conditions. 

Golly, I wonder if this topic violates TOS?

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Missed the original thread. I can’t think of any situation where I would “make fun” of anyone unless they were actively participating in it. Like my kids’ grandma had to have a below the knee amputation and she deals with it by using inappropriate humor, so that is how we all deal with it. My son asked her if she was going to keep her old leg in a jar in her house. And she’ll ask him if he wants to see it… But to make fun of someone without them instigating it seems pretty cruel. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

If that persons sole desire in life is to degrade the lives of women and minorities, then I’d say equally as ‘unchangeable’ things about them are fair game.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Speck_ :  If it’s Steve Bannon, then that’s totally ok 😂😂😂

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Wedgewood Las Vegas

Never.

Other than someone making fun of their own condition (or as in PP examples of it being instigated by the person with the condition), I see no reason for a healthy adult to make fun of another’s illness or condition.

Even if that person is a celebrity or politician.

At best, it’s rude and childish.

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

The only situation I could even remotely understand is if it’s something that the person has recovered from, and they are the one that initiates “making fun of”

For example, I had bells palsy about 3 years ago. It really hit my self esteem, and I did not like anyone poking fun of it at the time (not that many people did, but one relative tried to joke about it to make me feel better, and I did not take it well!). Near the end of it, I started to joke around about it some..but I would have still not taken it well if somebody else had cracked a joke about it. 

Now that I fully recovered, and have been over it for years.. I don’t mind. I sometimes joke about how I always spilled water on myself without knowing it and my family will chime in..but I would NEVER joke with anyone else that was going through it. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I would say never (even–as much as I hate to say it–if that person is in fact the morally disgusting Steve Bannon). 

I think anything they can CHOOSE to do/be is fair game. Like, can we make fun of you for being a shitty human? YES. Can we call you out for being a Nazi wifebeating asshat? Of course. But roseacea (which I’m certain I’ve just spelled wrong) is not his fault even if he is awful. 

It’s one thing if it’s your own medical condition and you want to make a joke about it to ease people into a level of comfort with talking about it, or something along those lines. But legitimate medical conditions are out of everyone’s control. There’s plenty of shit to make fun of Bannon for that IS his fault, so I can’t see why anyone would need to pick his skin condition as a target. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Speck_ :  The problem that I see with it is that by making comments about Steve Bannon’s skin condition, you’re not hurting Steve Bannon. You’re hurting other innocent people who have that skin condition. You’re using the skin condition as an insult and something to mock. Don’t his beliefs and actions give enough material for that? And anyone else who has those same beliefs and actions is equally worthy of being mocked or made to feel bad for them. People with the skin condition are not equally worthy of being mocked or feeling bad about the skin condition. I am with you 100% that Bannon is a disgusting speciman and I am not at all saying “please stop being mean to Steve Bannon!” I’m saying “please stop being mean to everyone who’s NOT Steve Bannon but has that same skin condition he has.”

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

It’s ok if it’s something that someone did to themselves, right after saying “hold my beer”. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Never. Unless the person specifically says that it is okay for you to do so. For example, I get “brain fog” with my medical conditions, and my siblings and partner know I don’t mind if they laugh along at some of the things I forget.

I think that what you’re forgetting in making fun of this celebrity’s medical condition is that there are plenty of other people in the world with that condition. By throwing it out as an insult and implying that he’s gross for having the condition, you’re also implying that anyone that has that condition is also gross, unacceptable, sub-human or whatever was implied. If I read that comment and had that medical condition, I would feel seriously upset, and feel like not leaving the house for fear of judgement from others. So just be careful with that. I can understand why people were upset. 

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