This week: A woman who hates Anne Frank's vagina versus an airline who kicked a guy off a plane for having Tourette's.
Cry-Baby #1: Gail Horalek
The incident: A girl read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank as part of a school project.
The appropriate response: Realizing that the people who died in the Holocaust are just like you and just how lucky you are to be growing up with so many nice things, etc.
The actual response: The girl's mother filed a formal complaint with her daughter's school, complaining that the book was "pornographic."
The 11-year-old daughter of Gail Horaleck was reading The Diary of a Young Girl by noted-potential-Belieber Anne Frank as part of a school project. Which Gail initially thought was "awesome."
This was until her daughter came to her and said she was concerned about some passages in the book. Specifically, a passage in which Anne talks about her genitals:
"Until I was eleven or twelve, I didn't realize there was a second set of labia on the inside, since you couldn't see them. What's even funnier is that I thought urine came out of the clitoris… When you're standing up, all you see from the front is hair. Between your legs there are two soft, cushiony things, also covered with hair, which press together when you're standing, so you can't see what's inside. They separate when you sit down and they're very red and quite fleshy on the inside. In the upper part, between the outer labia, there's a fold of skin that, on second thought, looks like a kind of blister. That's the clitoris."
Gail felt that this was too much for an 11-year-old girl (who, presumably, also has labia 'n stuff) to be reading, claiming that they "may as well be reading pornography." (LOL, people don't read pornography anymore, grandma. And it would probably contain stuff a bit juicier than "soft, cushiony things" if they did.)
So, she contacted the school and filed a formal complaint, before contacting her local news station and telling them about it. She said if the school doesn't pull the book as a result of her complaint, she will take further action until they do.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the school said they were "reviewing" the situation.
Cry-Baby #2: JetBlue
The incident: A man with Tourette's syndrome yelled "Bomb" in an airport.
The appropriate response: Explaining to the other people present that the dude has Tourette's and isn't a risk to anyone.
The actual response: He was told he was not allowed to board his flight.
Last week, Michael Doyle and a friend went to Reagan National Airport near Washington, DC, to catch a flight to Puerto Rico, where they planned to attend a Civil War reenactment. They had been planning the trip for two years.
Michael has Tourette's, which causes him to shout thoughts he is trying to surpress whenever he gets nervous. Because of this, he wrote a letter to both JetBlue (the airline he was flying with) and the TSA, giving them a heads up.
When he arrived at the airport, he started thinking about the Boston bombings and, because of this, started to repeatedly say "Bomb."
Surprisingly, Michael was able to get through the TSA security checkpoint while repeatedly saying it and made it through to the departure lounge.
However, before he could board the flight, he was approached by JetBlue staff, who informed him that he would not be allowed to board the flight, meaning Michael missed out on the Civil War reenactment that he had been looking forward to for two years (which is a really, really long time to be excited about some LARP).
Michael complained to the airline, and was offered a free round-trip ticket on another JetBlue flight, but they were unable to guaruntee that the same thing wouldn't happen again.
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Winner: The girl who worked out!!!