Happy bunny and Unhappy parents
This is another sign that the US is becoming a hyper-sensitive nation: Parents are concerned with the message Happy Bunny T shirts are giving. Back to school means new clothes for many students and this year Happy Bunny shirts are a hot item. The shirts show cartoon bunnies, but CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports some parents and teachers aren't keen on the shirts rude sayings.It may be cute, but don't let the bunny fool ya’. This furry friend is now gracing T-shirts with not-so-friendly messages on them. Oh no, the messages are not friendly? Nooooooooooooo. Ok, Happy Bunny, in case you are not familiar with it, is a brand designed by Jim Benton aimed mostly to young audiences, depiciting a cute Bunny that says funny ( ok, and slightly rude) things. Some of my favorites are : "Hi Loser", "You suck and that's sad", "cute but psycho" and my favorite- and AIM icon- "Hating you makes me feel all warm inside". It's "playful anti-social" so to speak and it's funny. The brand is on everything from T-shirts to shot-glasses, and they were big like a year ago. The fact that they are still a fad is a little surprising to me. Anyway, back to the report. So can you tell us what is so bad about those T-shirts? Teenagers tend to downplay the perceived mean side. But some parents, teachers and DePaul University psychologist Dr. Joseph Ferrari are not."It's pairing some insulting comment with something that's pleasant, warm and fuzzy, and that's a problem because it's desensitizing people, kids, to the aversiveness of what some of these shirts say," Ferrari said. Uh-huh. and? "There's a breakdown of perhaps responsibility that's occurring in our society. We are not respecting each other as individuals as much as we used to anymore," Ferrari said. Oh, you just noticed? Now, do we blame the parenting? Do we blame the schooling? Do we blame a society that makes a celebrity out of people like Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie? No. Blame the Bunny!