Shades of Grey: Smack Talk

Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned. This is not just about the choices people make, but the thought process they go through to arrive at their decisions.

What Do You Think? Submitted for Your Consideration & Conversation

You hold a super bowl viewing party for a group of friends and neighbors. The day of the game at 5pm, folks start arriving, some with snacks in hand. Patriots and Giants fans are there, along with avid fans for other teams that didn’t make it to the super bowl.

You invited about 15 people. One of your friends invited his friend, Jack, who is a serious Patriots fan. Your young son is a big Giants fan. Throughout the first half of the game, Jack is talking “smack” with your son.

At first, it is just normal football banter, but by halftime he is getting a bit nasty. The halftime show has barely started before he makes an inappropriate and angry remark, causing you concern.

Do you think as a parent you should intervene? Do you think you would ask Jack to leave? Or do you think you would stay silent? Do you think you’d be more likely to do something if your son was visibly shaken by Jack’s anger?



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Kay Whatley serves as Editor and Reporter with The Grey Area News. Kay is a published author with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Kay Whatley is wife to Frank Whatley, founder of The Grey Area™ newspaper and The Grey Area News online news website.