I don't watch Jimmy Kimmel nor do I tweet, so I totally missed this mishap until today when I read the story on it. https://asweetlife.org/dont-waste-your-passio...
In short, as many of us do, he said something less than sensitive, though not totally crazy, Just a joke, and wow, the diabetes community lit him on fire.
Here is what he said in response to getting a box of baked goods: "Thank you for the cookies @KellyRipa, You are sweeter than diabetes"
Maybe not the best choice, but he is night time comedy. He makes his living by digging on all kinds of subjects. We laugh at political jokes or celebrity digs that are far more "hurtful". So what is up with this?
When people with diabetes react so harshly at simple things like this, but don't focus our passion on things that matter and we can advocate for, are we getting petty? What kind of light does it shine on us when we act like jerks? If a diabetic had said this, it would have been funny.
So often we struggle to make people aware of diabetes. In this case it could have been a teachable moment versus a kill Kimmel moment. Perhaps there was a private joke in there? Perhaps he knows someone with diabetes and thought nothing of it because they don't fret little comments like that? Perhaps he just choose poorly, but really, who doesn't from time to time?
I personally believe we have all gotten so politically correct that we cannot even laugh at ourselves. We tread on eggshells and so the myths and mystery continue because we are afraid to just laugh and make it part of life.
Do things like this offend you? What do people do that offends your diabetic self? How do you deal with it?
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