Occasionally, we at EOP like to venture outside the city limits and get a discussion going about some non-Peabody topics, and today is one of those instances.
By now, since the local news media is blowing this up to be a gigantic story, you’ve probably already seen the incident involving this dopey young women who acted disrespectfully at Arlington National Cemetery.
If not, you can see the entire story here.
Essentially, she was photographed by a friend giving the middle finger and yelling next to a sign by the Tomb of The Unknown Solider that requests visitors remain silent and respectful. Just 10 years ago, this would have been no story at all, since this woman would have likely only shown the photo to a small circle of friends. But thanks to her posting it to Facebook, she’s engulfed herself in the midst of a firestorm.
She’s being inundated by media, she’s being chastised by veterans, and there are even people who are calling for her to be fired from her job, since the incident occurred during a work trip to DC.
My thoughts on this? Well, first off I think it’s crazy, but not surprising, that this story is getting so much attention. I also don’t think she was being deliberately “anti-American” or “anti-veteran.” I just think she was being really stupid and disrespectful, and now is embarrassed beyond belief by her actions. I don’t think she should lose her job, but she does need a swift kick in the butt.
I had to laugh this morning when I heard an equally dopey TV news reporter actually ask her poor dad: “Did your daughter do this as a political statement?” Well, maybe, but only if being a total ass is now considered a “political statement.”
Let me know what you think in the comments section.