Recent letter in the Salt Lake Tribune:
“I about coughed up my Cheerios when I opened the Utah section and saw a picture of two men in a lip lock (“Protesters smooch near LDS Temple,” Tribune , July 13). Some editor should be fired for having such poor judgment as to put that disgusting photo in your paper.
I have worked in the newspaper business so I can imagine the discussion that went on Sunday night at 10 p.m., right before deadline. Print the picture or not print the picture? Ultimately, it was the editor’s call, and she said, “Print it.”
Hello — this is Salt Lake City! In the future, please remember that this is not San Francisco or Greenwich Village.
I will most likely not renew my subscription unless I see some heads roll over that picture.”
REGARDLESS of one’s personal beliefs, values, morals, opinions on what a family should look like, etc. do we really need to be disgusted by each other’s displays of affection? Really, the kisses were quite chaste in the picture, and as far as I can tell they weren’t even breaking any Mormon commandments, so I just don’t get the complaint. What is wrong with love or affection? If just plain old PDA is a problem, then fine, but why the disgust?
We can all hold on to our values without being disgusted by those who follow a different path.
What do you think?
Is disgust of the outgroup really necessary for protecting one’s standards?
Even further, can we hold on to our own culture while simultaneously not seeking to smash everything that is different?