Second, when I saw the Daily Prompt today, Neighbors, I thought of that stupid show.
There was an episode in one random season where Farrah was looking for roommates (I know, not a neighbor, but bear with me here). She was going through the newspaper and saw one that said something about a “bipolar roommate” and she made a face and said, “who would want a bipolar roommate?!”
I have to admit that pissed me off. First, I couldn’t believe no one at MTV had enough brain cells to edit that out. Second, really? I know stigma exists, but I keep hoping the younger generation will be the one to develop compassion.
I haven’t watched that show since.
Stigma is everywhere. Sometimes it is completely blatant like this example, and sometimes it is softer. Sometimes it’s a newscaster saying, “we don’t yet know if this man was just nuts or a terrorist.”
It’s hard to digest sometimes and and it is hard not to get ruffled by it on occasion. I used to only notice the most most egregious examples, like the one with MTV above, but I find myself getting more indignant as I age.
I am intolerant of the intolerance.
Image from public domain pictures.