The Huffington Post is highlighting a short video of a reporter interviewing a little French boy and his father as an exchange that “may be the most touching reminder you’ll see that only love can conquer hate.” After the boy expresses the fear that the family might move, the father reassures him that Paris is their home. Then this exchange happens:
“But there are bad guys, Daddy!” the boy says. “Yes, but there are bad guys everywhere,” his father counters.
“They have guns, they can shoot at us because they have guns and are bad,” the boy continues.
“Well, they have guns, but we have flowers,” the father says.
“But flowers don’t do anything,” the boy argues.
“See all the flowers?” his dad asks.
“They’re to fight against the guns.”
The kid is displaying more common sense than the father.
When I came home a few weeks back and the door to the house was ajar, I didn’t go room to room with a bouquet of daffodils, if you know what I mean.
Here are 16 more examples of stupid responses to the Paris attacks. The recurring themes are mawkish sentimentality and sanctimony over common sense.