Some people will write almost anything for a laugh. Sadly good humor is hard to find these days. As an example I will share with you Cincinnati’s weekly newspaper CityBeat attempt to make a joke that is very offensive:
From: CityBeat.com “Worst Week Ever!” By Isaac Thorn
SATURDAY SEPT. 24
The Family Nurturing Center’s Kids on the Block program has been recognized by The Enquirer for its 25 years of educating elementary school children about abuse, primarily through the use of puppet shows presented in classrooms. The program has expanded its curriculum from sexual and physical abuse and now includes bullying and school safety issues. The organization apparently has a real knack for educating youngsters, even though puppeteers would finish second only to the piano teacher in the “What Professions are Most Likely To Molest My Kids?” poll if one were ever taken.
Obviously Isaac Thorn is unaware of all the good that puppeteers in Cincinnati and all over the world do for children and their families. Let’s enlighten him a bit with some history of puppetry and The Queen City, because CityBeat seems to be missing the beat all together.
- In 1937, the newly formed Puppeteers of America held the very first National Puppetry Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio.
- Vent Haven Museum, which CityBeat has called a “world-class museum”, is the world’s only museum of ventriloquial figures and memorabilia. The museum is in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.
- Tony Sarg, often called “America’s Puppet Master”, married in Cincinnati and is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery.
- Larry Smith, television pioneer and puppeteer entertained generations of Cincinnati’s children on his television programs for decades.
- Many members of the Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild volunteer their time and talent to help promote the art of puppetry by performing at schools, libraries, churches, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
With the facts laid on the table, I have to ask Mr. Thorn for a public apology. Not only is what you consider to be a humorous jab not funny, you are insulting the many talented people who bring laughter, wonderment, and joy to a world that could use more puppeteers.
But wait, there is a use for CityBeat in the puppet community